Sr. Cost Accountant

  • Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full time Biotech Finance Manufacturing

Job Description

Together, Let’s Make A Difference.


At Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services, our mission is to help improve the health of humankind. As a leading, global contract development and manufacturing organization, with sites in the US, Belgium, Japan and India, we work together to empower our clients to bring drugs to market.


Every team member, from manufacturing and quality programs to development and facilities services are a critical component to this effort. At our US location, our focused expertise and capabilities makes us one of the industry’s top leaders for large molecule manufacturing and aseptic drug product fill in vials and syringes.


We believe our people are our greatest asset and we are committed to providing our employees with an environment that supports personal and professional growth. We take pride in knowing our efforts are helping countless patients for years to come.


Do you enjoy working in a dynamic, inspiring team with an amazing culture? If you do, then Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services is the place for you.


We are looking for an eagle-eyed Senior Cost Accountant to provide financial decision-making information and guidance to leaders and ensure that the highest standards of accounting and control are maintained. In this role you will work with large amounts of data to prepare trend and variance reports designed to identify performance issues and risk. Additionally, you will support cross-functional continuous improvement initiatives by providing cost modeling and financial analysis.



  • Perform inventory and project profitability analyses, identify and concisely communicate issues, and recommend solutions or process improvements.
  • Assist cross-functional leaders in making critical decisions by translating cost data into useful information.
  • Partner with Sales and Clients Services by determining costs for new products and contract proposals; adjust forecast models, where necessary.
  • Monthly accounting tasks, including journal entries, reconciling general ledger accounts to perpetual records, margin analysis, and preparing supporting schedules.
  • Recommend and develop processes to enhance and improve efficiencies within the cost accounting function, by streamlining accounting processes and mapping work flows.
  • Help spearhead ERP system upgrades and transitions.
  • Lead administrator and accountant for the annual physical inventory.
  • Review all work orders to ensure accounting is accurate and any issues are resolved quickly.



  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting required; CMA, CPA, or MBA is a plus.
  • 6-8 years of accounting experience within a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong technical and financial skills with an ERP system.
  • Must be advanced in Microsoft Excel and proficient in Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Solid understanding of financial statements and GAAP accounting principles.
  • Hands on and detail oriented, with proven abilities to work with all levels of management.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with other departments and auditors.
  • Sense of urgency and self-motivation, with a personal dedication to meeting deadlines.


We provide a Total Rewards package designed to make life better – both at work and at home.

  • Annual Bonus Opportunities for All Employees
  • 15 Days Starting PTO (Annual Increase) + Sick Time Off + Volunteer Time Off
  • Annual Company Shutdown in December
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental + Vision
  • 401K Company Match + Immediate Vesting
  • Backup Daycare and Eldercare
  • Monthly Employee Appreciation Events and Food Truck Fridays
  • Employee Discount Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Casual Dress Code
  • Wellness Programs
  • Community Outreach Opportunities


If you meet the requirements above, and would like to apply for this position, please visit our website at and click on the "Careers" section. Please be sure to note where you saw our ad posting.

New hires will pass a background check and drug screen as a condition of employment.

We are an EOE dedicated to a diverse work force and Drug Free work environment.

Qualified M/F/D/V candidates are encouraged to apply.