Dexter Axle

Cost Accountant

3 weeks ago
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Dexter, the premier supplier and manufacturer of axles, doors, venting products and related components in the utility trailer, boat trailer, recreational vehicle, heavy duty and manufactured housing markets, has an opportunity for a Cost Accountant at our company headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana - conveniently located near Bristol, IN, Mishawaka, IN, Goshen, IN, Middlebury, IN, South Bend, IN, White Pigeon, MI, Three Rivers, MI, Cassopolis, MI, Dowagiac, MI, and Niles, MI.


Dexter is an industry leader with a highly developed distribution network and plants in the states of Indiana, Oklahoma, Georgia, California, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas and in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta in Canada. Dexter has achieved its many years of success through a commitment to the principles of superior quality, continuous improvement, and unparalleled customer service. 


In 2013, Dexter expanded our product offering with the acquisition of Unique Functional Products (UFP), a leading axle manufacturer in the marine industry. In the late 2014, Dexter Axle Company also acquired AL-KO Axis. In 2015 Dexter acquired the Titan Brake and Actuator business. In September 2016, Dexter purchased Rockwell American. In December of 2016, Dexter purchased the heavy duty axle and suspension manufacturing assets of Ingersoll Axles, along with the light duty axle manufacturing assets of Standen’s from the IMT Group. In February of 2017, Dexter purchased the axle, brake and actuation business assets from Tie Down Engineering.  Dexter is well known for providing superior quality, service, and support.


For more information about our company, access Dexter's web site at


Dexter offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Dexter’s benefits package includes Health, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD, FSA, HSA, and 401(k) Plan with company contributions.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Cost Accounting Manager, the Cost Accountant is responsible for conducting studies which provide detailed cost information not supplied by general accounting systems.  This position is responsible for analyzing changes in product design, raw materials, manufacturing methods, or services provided to determine effects on cost.  Additional responsibilities include providing cost analysis and support during month end-closing, providing internal cost reporting to management as needed, and reconciling physical inventories at all plants.  This position will also assist in the setup of standard cost in our operation. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include: 

  • Plans, studies and collects data to determine costs of business activity such as raw material purchases, inventory, and labor.
  • Analyzes data obtained and records results.
  • Analyzes changes in product design, raw materials, manufacturing methods, or services provided, to determine effects on costs.
  • Analyzes actual manufacturing costs and prepares periodic report comparing standard costs to actual production costs.
  • Records cost information for use in controlling expenditures.
  • Analyzes audits of costs and prepares reports.
  • Compiles cost information to be used in operating budget preparation.
  • Makes estimates of new and proposed product or service costs.
  • Recommends cost efficiencies in new product layouts.
  • Provides management with reports specifying and comparing factors affecting prices and profitability of products or services.
  • Develops and maintains cost accounting system.
  • Appraises and evaluates real property or equipment for sale, acquisition, or tax purposes.
  • Coordinates and maintains item level standard cost, router, material, labor and overhead.
  • Reconciles PPV on weekly and monthly basis, including compiling PPV reports and associated ledger movements.
  • Validates segment profitability on sales analysis.
  • Performs year-end roll and annual cost build (new standards and budget).
  • Revalued inventory when standard costs change.
  • Prepares analysis for cost rate setting with plant personnel and headquarters management.
  • Prepares monthly analysis of Cost of Goods Sold and Inventory for segment profit analysis.
  • Computes and records charges, refunds and cost of lost or damaged goods, freight charges, rentals, and similar items.
  • Reconciles general ledger accounts with various registers and account movements.
  • Reconciles report discrepancies and problems for cost of sales and inventory.
  • Codes data for input to financial data processing system according to company procedures.
  • Compiles cost reports and revenue and balance sheets.
  • Performs other tasks or duties as assigned.


Position requires Bachelor Degree in Accounting or comparable discipline and at least 5 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be a quick learner, detail oriented, analytical, an effective verbal and written communicator, service oriented, confidential, have prior experience in a multi-plant operation, and have excellent Microsoft Excel skills, including utilizing lookups and pivot tables.


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