Senior Analyst, Operations Cost Accounting at SC Johnson – May 2024


Senior Analyst, Operations Cost Accounting

About the role:

  • The role is part of SC Johnson’s global Manufacturing Finance organization and closely collaborates with the Associate Manager, Operations Cost Accounting based in Nairobi, Kenya. The candidate is responsible for P&L budgeting, forecasting of plant expenses and related absorption and capacity analysis. Perform thorough diagnostics and monitoring to assist Nairobi site in determining where to apply resources, as well as identifying opportunities to eliminate all forms of waste. The role will have strong interfaces with the regional AMET Manufacturing leadership team based across multiple locations in the EMEA Region, the regional Costing team based in Italy, as well as the European headquarter based in Switzerland.
  • At the same time, the position will ensure continuity in financial reporting in strong collaboration with SC Johnson’s Shared Services Center based in the South Africa.


  • Deliver Budgets and manage plant financial performance: Analyse monthly financial performance of the manufacturing site, with particular focus on volumes produced, conversion cost incurred and cost savings delivered. Prepare monthly business commentaries. Provide timely, relevant, and actionable reporting of key performance measures.
  • Provide accurate P&L forecast projections (including absorption, functional expenses, material variances, and efficiency variances) linked to the S&OP process. Highlight risks & opportunities with regards to future plant performance.
  • Lead the preparation of formalized Capital Investment proposals in the context of capacity expansion of the plant. Identify and quantify drivers of costs and benefits and perform Return-on-Investment (ROI) Analysis. Obtain sign-off by senior global leaders of the company. Ensure project execution is in line with approved investment proposals. Develop & improve capital project spending tracking systems.
  • Perform variance analysis and quantify the impact of improved equipment productivity (OEE). Influence the team to take decisions which will result in strong plant financial performance. Highlight and quantify financial opportunities (e.g. related to sub-optimal allocation of resources / sources of waste), prepare recommendations for improvement and drive to have these recommendations implemented.
  • Point of contact for external and internal auditors. Support the delivery against statutory reporting requirements. Be a champion for Internal Controls – Ensure best-in-class Internal Controls are in operation at the site. Drive to continuously improve the Internal Control environment, with a particular focus on compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley control requirements. Implement process improvements based on recommendations made by Global Internal Audit.

Experience You’ll Bring

  • Minimum of 3-5 years post-qualification experience.
  • Prior business support experience is essential.
  • Prior experience in a mass-market production focussed manufacturing facility is a plus, though not essentially required.
  • Excellent accountancy understanding, ideally incl. previous exposure to US GAAP.
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Excel + Powerpoint required; MS Access, SAP R/3, SAP BPC are an additional benefit.

Behaviors You’ll Need

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and drive the right actions for the longer-term benefit of the business.
  • Sense of urgency: Ability to deliver against deadlines in the context of multiple priorities.
  • Self-motivated “can do” attitude, showing a high degree of initiative.

Submit Your Application

Interested and qualified? Go to SC Johnson on to apply