Thermo Fisher Scientific Cost Accountant in Carlsbad, California

Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work that supports a powerful mission. With revenues of $18 billion and a track record of stability and consistent growth, we’re uniquely able to give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world. With our scale and the variety of our business lines, when you join our team, you may work on the kind of complex projects you can’t find anywhere else.

We are seeking a strong Cost Accountant to ensure proper accounting of Inventory and Cost of Goods Sold, setting the standard cost value of our products on the actual total cost of manufacturing and to partner with Manufacturing and Finance teams to analyze and realize productivity savings.

Responsibilities include:

  • Execute the periodic (monthly, quarterly, annual) financial close process pertaining to inventory and cost of goods sold

  • Calculate the excess and obsolete reserves in line with corporate policy

  • Maintain standard cost of goods and support the global annual cost roll process for the assigned manufacturing or distribution site, including impact to the standard margin and inventory revaluation

  • Create strong collaboration with Finance and Operations business partners to identify and realize productivity savings opportunities

  • Analyze manufacturing variances and drive corrective actions in collaboration with operations finance business partners

  • Interface with company employees in related functions and demonstrate judgment, tact, and diplomacy when dealing with internal and external customers.

  • Drive process improvements in cost accounting processes and data flows

  • Support technical accounting issues related to the month end and quarter end financial close and understand the accounting impact of proposed transactions regarding different functions and ensure US GAAP principles and rules are properly adhered to.

  • Execute key inventory and cost of goods sold process controls and ensure documentation of those controls meet Sarbanes Oxley requirements


  • 2 to 5 years of progressive (cost) accounting or operational finance experience in a complex, multi-level environment and have the ability to work cross-functionally with individuals and teams

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or the equivalent education and experience

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and have strong experience working in ERP systems. Prior experience with Enterprise One (E1) is desired

  • Demonstrated hands on experience with researching and resolving technical accounting questions and issues

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Self-motivated, independent asset in the organization who has enthusiasm and energy for the job

  • Ad hoc projects and complete them timely and accurately

  • Success in a highly matrix-ed and fast paced environment

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 50,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.