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Cost Accountant - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Jan 8, 2022

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

The Cost Accountant is responsible for maintaining accurate project accounting records and ensuring compliance with government requirements for DOD programs. Provide financial guidance to Program Management teams that will ensure compliance.  Position requires a working knowledge of the cost and schedule management and applicable DCAA/DCMA requirements.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supports program teams in the development and preparation of program baselines and financial forecasts, estimate at complete (EAC) development and reviews, preparation of financial packages, cost and schedule trend reporting and compliance support, audit support, baseline development and internal integrated baseline reviews, financial and investigative analysis, and real-time information and analysis to PMs, CAMs and Finance Management
  • Closely supports PM team and collaborates with other functions including scheduling, contracts, procurement and central finance
  • Supports policy, process, tools, training and performance assessment in accordance with corporate guidelines
  • Provides specialized analysis and develops specialized reports using analytical tools as required to ensure contract compliance / accuracy.
  • Conducts, maintenance and detailed project reporting.
  • Interact heavily with internal / external customers regularly for program analysis and performance (actual to plan).
  • Develop annual forward pricing overhead rates.
  • In depth understanding of overhead rates, responsible for both calculating and analysis of rates.
  • Comfortable with ERP/MRP interfacing reviewing integrated master schedule and master production schedules supporting SIOP
  • Some International Travel.
  • Must be able to work within restrictions imposed by ITAR and other governmental regulations.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration
  • 3 years combined experience in Finance or project control and/or government contracting 
  • Understanding of FAR and CAS regulations
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirement


Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in Manufacturing, DoD, and/or Aerospace
  • Requires excellent communication skills and the ability to interface with all levels of the organization 
  • Experience with budget development, variance analysis, estimates to complete, and project reporting in an integrated product team environment is preferred
  • Ability to perform financial analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel



Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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