Cost Accountant

Date: Mar 22, 2024

Location: Athens, AL, US

Company: Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designer, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with approximately 78.000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.


JOB TITLE:                 Cost Accountant        

LOCATION NAME:     Athens, AL – US005

REPORTS TO:           Assistant Controller

DEPARTMENT:          Finance – Dept. 552

LEVEL:                        Band 09




  • Work directly with the controller to establish standard costs on all manufactured and purchased parts.
  • Updates new parts for bill of materials, routers and overhead rates monthly.
  • Assist in the preparation of the operating budget and forecasts on a monthly and annual basis.
  • Interact and communicate regularly with operations, human resources, engineering, logistics, as well as corporate in order to enhance or improve current processes.
  • Lead the plant wide quoting process
  • Assess inventory control measures and develops measures to improve inventory accuracy in conjunction with Logistics and Operations.
  • Maintains inter-departmental relationships at a caliber to promote confidence, integrity, and cooperation.
  • Analyze and prepare journal entries at month end, quarter end, and year end close.
  • Support for the timely completion of financial statements and subsequent reporting to Tenneco management.
  • Assist in the enforcement and tracking of month end close deadlines.
  • Ensure proper shop order, sample order, scrap reporting and analysis.
  • Maintain that company policies and programs are effectively made known; cooperates and assists in the development of effective financial metrics and communications.
  • Maintains departmental efficiency regarding timeliness and quality of reports and procedural requirements.
  • Develops and analyzes material and labor variances to suggest improvements within the current process.
  • Create ad hoc reports, analysis and special projects as required by management.
  • Material balance and time studies as needed.
  • Conduct analysis to better understand variances by value stream on the shop floor.
  • Responsible for ensuring customer requirements are met. (Exempt, Non-Exempt and Hourly)
  • Added phrase - Handle/store hazardous waste in a complaint manner with all federal, state, and local regulations. (Exempt, Non-Exempt and Hourly)





Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance preferred.




  • Five years of accounting/finance experience with increasing responsibility
  • Knowledgeable of accounting databases
  • Good understanding of accounting mechanics
  • Cost accounting experience
  • Familiar with SOX and internal controls
  • Strong analytical, communication, and organizational skills
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills necessary to interface with a wide variety of internal and external contacts
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills and experience
  • Demonstrated experience with large ERP systems, ideally Plex
  • Ability to prioritize multiple conflicting requests appropriately
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience within the automotive industry preferred.




An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.