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Staff Accountant II - Cost Decision Support

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Location: Aurora, IL, United States
Date Posted: Mar 12, 2021
Closing Date: Mar 12, 2021

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Job Description:

As a Staff Accountant II Cost Decision Support you will independently perform staff level accounting functions that deal with cost accounting and business analysis issues of normal complexity that support business processes and provide further experience with Caterpillar cost accounting and decision support practices.

The Staff Accountant II will provide technical expertise and will perform more complex accounting work that supports business processes. Additionally, this position will:

  • have a comprehensive understanding of Caterpillar’s business and accounting practices, systems and procedures;
  • apply accounting knowledge and provide guidance on accounting issues
  • participate on and lead teams

Incumbents are exposed to a variety of accounting functions and accomplish a high level of complex and/or technical analysis, review various outputs for reasonableness and advise other accountants. Incumbent works on challenging, medium to high risk issues and makes business decisions and recommendations as appropriate. Work is supported by a supervisor primarily through review of results.

Possible areas of responsibility are varied and of high complexity, including:

  • Component cost monitoring & analysis
  • Operations and/or product group budgeting and expense analysis
  • Capital expenditure forecasting and reporting
  • Standard and current cost grief resolution
  • Determining Internal Rate of Return (IRR) for medium to high complexity projects
  • Standard cost setting and analysis
  • Regional profitability reporting & analysis
  • NPI support including future cost, should cost and alternative analyses
  • Component sourcing support

Accounting tasks are of high complexity such as standard cost revision support, investment analysis, regional profitability reporting, and NPI strategy input. Advises and provides guidance to multiple functional areas and levels of authority. The Staff Accountant II is capable of handling broader business issues such as establishing and monitoring target costs, forecasting future product costs, quantifying cost reductions and providing alternatives, and providing competitive analysis for sourcing decisions.

Incumbents will demonstrate knowledge and ability to independently handle accounting issues. They will demonstrate very good communication skills and have a comprehensive knowledge of their business unit products, suppliers and customers and accounting processes.

Basic Experience:

  • 4-year degree, preferably in accounting. Non-accounting degree requires minimum 18 hours of college level accounting or approved Accounting certification
  • 2-4 years of accounting experience

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Must have proven record of strong initiative, leadership, accountability and effective communication skills

Additional Information:

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This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

Relocation is available for this position.

EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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Mar 12, 2021


United States

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