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Cost Accountant


Northbrook, IL, US, 60062

Job Description

Stepan Company is hiring and Cost Accountant role for our Northbrook, IL office. The Cost Accountant is a corporate cost accounting job that will prepare the successful candidate for bigger and better things.  Cost Accounting is the core of a manufacturing business.  A role in Cost Accounting gives you exposure to all parts of the business.  Corporate cost accounting is responsible for Inventory and COGS on the financial statements.  Corporate cost accounting is responsible for the integrity of the entire product costing process.  The position reports to the Cost Accounting Manager.

Specific Expectations of this position include (but is not limited to):
•    Product costing (raw materials and finished goods)
•    Month end close
•    Month end reports
•    Month end account reconciliations
•    Analyzing variances
•    Maintaining material and freight accrual accounts (GRIR)
•    Ensure offsite and consigned inventory is properly reconciled
•    Respond to requests from Internal and External Auditors
•    Root Cause analysis
•    Ad Hoc analysis


• 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong analytical, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
• Advanced Excel skills


• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
• CPA candidate preferred



Stepan Company does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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