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Senior Cost Accountant

Job Summary:

Senior Cost Accountant will work collaboratively in a team environment and interface with many internal customers across various departments to deliver financial reports and resolve complex cost accounting issues.  NanoString Technologies is looking for a candidate with excellent problem-solving capabilities, and ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.  A strong candidate is expected to contribute to process improvements and mentor and develop staff when opportunities arise.  The ideal Senior Cost Accountant should possess strong communication and project management skills, be highly detailed-oriented, and highly-energetic in a dynamic and evolving professional environment.               

Essential Functions:

  • Completes month-end close, journal entries, reconciliations and analysis of various inventory, warranty reserves and royalty calculations.     
  • Develops and maintains standard costs, support processes associated with inventory valuation, and complete review of the excess and obsolete inventory. 
  • Review and analyze inventory, cost of goods sold, and margin reports, conduct research and perform review in regard to cost or variance analyses.
  • Ensure completeness and accuracy of reserve schedules and all inventory related quarterly reporting. 
  • Manages preparation and execution of annual standard cost roll up
  • Audits cycle count activity and provides recommendations for process and accuracy improvements
  • Collaborates on cross functional projects that impact inventory and cost of goods sold
  • Updates internal control documentation relevant to SOX, testing, compliance and process improvement. 
  • Has strong ability to assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem 
  • Perform technical research and interpret relevant accounting guidance to ensure proper accounting treatment in accordance with company policy and current accounting standards
  • Assist as needed in various aspects of the close process
  • Support audit activities within area of responsibility.   


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • At least 2 years of cost accounting experience in a standard cost environment
  • At least 5 years of progressive Accounting experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products with advanced Excel skills


  • See benefits at NanoString
  • NanoString is an EOE
  • NanoString participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is a web-based system that allows an employer to determine an employee's eligibility to work in the US using information reported on an employee's Form I-9. The E-Verify system confirms eligibility with both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For more information, please go to the USCIS E-Verify website.



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