Cost Accountant in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO: Assistant Controller



  • Performs accounting responsibilities in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Prepares month end closing journal entries and general ledger (GL) account analysis related to Direct Costs for all Austal USA entities
  • Ensures all direct costs are properly accounted for by performing adequate accruals, stage payment reconciliation and allocations
  • Maintains full knowledge of assigned Projects including budgets, forecasts, actual cost and variance analysis
  • Performs weekly and monthly allocations of material and labor in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Performs weekly and monthly Project inventory analysis and costing reviews
  • Maintains Project status reports and responsible for preparation of Project Close-out reports to ensure timely closure of completed work scopes
  • Establish Projects and cost structures with the ERP system
  • Creates ad hoc reports and metrics as needed
  • Supports AR Billing Specialist in ensuring all supporting data is prepared and maintained to facilitate timely billing. Acts as back-up for invoicing when needed or required.
  • Maintains working knowledge of the Material Management Accounting Systems (MMAS)
  • Analyze Project data to produce accurate variance analysis reports and metrics
  • Coordinates and liaisons with external and internal auditors/reviewers to ensure compliance with proper reporting requirements and deadlines
  • Supports audits by Defense Contracting Audit Agency (DCAA) which includes data compilation, analysis of financial trends, and reconciliation of data to supporting documentation
  • Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned by Finance Management
  • Maintains written policy and procedures for area of responsibility
  • Maintains compliance with Company policies and procedures


  • BS/BA Accounting, Finance or Business Administration with 3-5 years of experience in a related field, preferably in manufacturing or corporate accounting, required
  • Proficient computer and technical aptitude to utilize MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of FAR, DFAR, IFRS, GAAP and CAS
  • Government contracting experience, a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams/organizations with attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Excellent attention to detail, organization skills a must.
  • Flexible and has the capability to deliver results in a fast paced, and high volume environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Detail oriented with a high degree of personal accountability
  • Working knowledge of an Enterprise Resource Planning system a plus
  • Ability to go in the shipyard, including off-site warehouse(s) and Austal’s West Campus, and conduct interviews. This includes physically climbing stairs and moving safely through constructions areas on and off vessels.


DIRECTION EXERCISED: Relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals and a variety of complicated tasks.

DISCRETION EXERCISED: Relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals and a variety of complicated tasks.

LIAISES WITH: Personnel from all departments to include management, external auditors, DCAA auditors.


  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance may be required if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities.
  • All candidates must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines:
    • 18 years or older at time of application
    • Able to provide proof of US Person status (permanent resident or citizen)
    • No felony convictions of theft/deception or violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
    • Willing to submit to a drug screen
    • Willing to submit to a background check
    • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be regularly exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, +90dB.