Cost Accountant

The HORIBA Group of worldwide companies provides an extensive array of instruments and systems for applications ranging from automotive R&D, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology, to a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements.  Proven quality and trustworthy performance have established widespread confidence in the HORIBA Brand.

Inspired by our unique motto, “JOY and FUN,” we focus on social responsibilities by building state-of-the-art products for scientific advancement; especially for protecting health, safety, and the environment.  “HORIBARIANs,” the HORIBA employees all over the world, look forward to working with additional creative and entrepreneurial self-starters.

Our shared services accounting team is seeking an experienced Cost Accountant to join our team in Irvine, CA. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and expertise in performing cost accounting functions requiring thorough knowledge of cost accounting methods, principles and practices.  Computes unit cost of company products or services and establishes cost standards and evaluates business cost processes for opportunities for improvements.   Provides assistance to the general accounting function as necessary.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Ability to streamline functions and passion to learn and grow
  • Comfort dealing with ambiguity and the ability to work independently
  • Grow financial performance through analysis of financial results, budget, forecasts, variances and trends
  • Create recommendations for improvement and optimization to be presented to management and executives
  • Develop standard unit costs for manufactured goods to include direct materials, labor and overhead
  • Establish cost of business processes such as administration, labor and shipping
  • Perform analysis of product and project costs including material variances and labor efficiencies
  • Identify areas of concern/ opportunity and recommend corrective actions
  • Perform physical inventory count reconciliations
  • Assist in month end general ledger close and prepare journal entries
  • Develop financial system improvements/ upgrades/ controls
  • Evaluate process deficiencies, formulate corrective action plans, and develop process improvements and/or procedural controls while leveraging systems and relationships with others within the organization
  • Prepared detailed reports, both periodically and ad-hoc
  • Conduct comparable analysis and market research to support internal financial analysis
  • Support financial reviews and audits conducted by independent auditors



  • Professionalism- Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.


Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • 3+ years of cost accounting, general accounting and/ or business finance experience with progressive responsibilities, especially with exposure to international operations and a manufacturing environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/ Finance/ Economics
  • Solid knowledge of general and cost accounting principles and practices
  • Strong quantitative, analytical and data gathering competency
  • SAP FI/CO experience preferred
  • Self-starter with good interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills


Compensation Package: 

HORIBA Instruments offers a competitive compensation package that includes a 401(k) plan with match; employee group dental, vision, life, and disability (short and long-term) paid for by the company; medical insurance, family dental and vision insurance, and supplemental life insurance available with reasonable employee contributions; employee assistance program; paid holidays, vacation, and sick time; flexible spending accounts; and educational reimbursement and commuter benefit programs.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please email sandra.rojo(at) or call (949) 344-0152 for assistance. HORIBA will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities to be able to participate in the hiring process. HORIBA is committed to making our workplace accessible for individuals with disabilities.

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