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Cost Accountant - Pyramid Brewery (Berkeley, CA)

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  • Cost Accountant - Pyramid Brewery (Berkeley, CA)

    North American Breweries was formed in 2009 and is headquartered in Rochester, NY - home of the Genesee Brewery. At NAB, we take great pride in the beers we produce and market. We currently own and operate four breweries along with six retail locations throughout the United States.

    Since 1878, the Genesee Brewery has brewed and sold the historic line of Genesee beers. Today that brewery also makes Dundee Ales and Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Seagram’s Escapes and many other beers under contract from other companies. We brew one of the country’s most popular craft beer brands, Magic Hat, at our brewery in Burlington, VT. Our West Coast brewing teams handcraft the award-winning Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s craft beers. NAB also owns and markets strong import brands including its flagship beer Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light.

    At North American Breweries, we firmly believe that our employees drive the success of the company. With success in mind as the ultimate goal, we strive to create and provide an environment that offers challenging, stimulating and financially rewarding opportunities. Our goal, simply put, is to use operational excellence as a strategic advantage. This means “getting the right people on the bus” and enabling, empowering, and encouraging each to perform as effectively as possible.

    We're looking for a Cost Accountant who will be based at our Berkeley location, home to the Pyramid brand.

    To apply - please go to and find the position on the careers page. No emails, phone calls or in-person applications, please.

    Position Description:

    The cost accountant position is accountable for the ongoing analysis of process constraints, target costing projects, margin analysis, and tracing costs back to underlying activities. The cost accountant must also construct and monitor those cost-effective data accumulation systems needed to provide an appropriate level of costing information to management.

    Principal Accountabilities:

    Data Collection

    1. Construct data accumulation systems for a cost accounting system
    2. Create and review the controls needed for data accumulation and reporting systems


    1. Coordinate physical inventory counts and cycle counts
    2. Investigate cycle counting variances and resolve issues
    3. Update standard costs in the bill of materials
    4. Review standard and actual costs for inaccuracies
    5. Validate the cost of goods sold as part of the month-end close
    6. Accumulate and apply overhead costs as required by generally accepted accounting principles
    7. Work with the materials review board to locate and dispose of obsolete inventory


    1. Conduct ongoing process constraint analyses
    2. Report on breakeven points by products, work centers, and factories
    3. Report on margins by product and division
    4. Report on periodic variances and their causes, focusing in particular on spending variances
    5. Analyze capital budgeting requests
    6. Perform cost accumulation tasks as a member of the target costing group

    Desired Qualifications:

    3+ years of accounting/finance experience, or 5+ years experience in industrial engineering. Also, a BA/BS degree, as well as excellent analysis skills, and the ability to collaborate with a multi-department team. Also helpful to have experience manipulating large databases.

    Working Conditions:

    The cost accountant generally works in an office environment, but is expected to be highly familiar with all production operations, and to regularly visit all significant company operations.