Kurita America Inc.

Sr. Operations and Planning Accountant - Manufacturing

Job Locations US-MN-Minneapolis
Job ID
Accounting & Finance
Full Time Exempt


Kurita America is part of the Kurita Group, one of the leading water solutions providers in the world. Established in 1949, the Kurita Group is comprised of an international network of approximately 8000 employees located in 18 countries.

Located in Minneapolis, MN, Kurita America brings innovations to market through a holistic water management approach, incorporating state-of-the art equipment, chemistries, engineering, and services to conserve natural resources for a better, more sustainable world.

Kurita’s  corporate philosophy is to study the properties of water, master them and create an environment in which nature and humanity are in harmony


Title: Sr. Operations and Planning Accountant

Location: Brooklyn Park, MN - Hybrid

Salary: 90,000 - 110,000


As the Senior Operations and Planning Accountant, you will be the key Finance contact responsible for the following areas:

  1. Planning & Budget: Development and consolidation of the company budget; to include monthly reporting, forecasting and analysis, while interpreting complex financial data and making high-level recommendations.
  2. General Accounting & Supply Chain Support: Provide financial expertise, support and recommendations that enable effective decision-making within Supply Chain (Operations).  Key to the support of Operations will be maintaining moving average inventory costs, key performance indicators KPI’s), inventory valuation and providing reporting and analysis, while collaborating with functional partners and evaluating for process improvements. 



  • Build, direct, and oversee all financial planning and analysis activities including the preparation and management of the annual budget, capital planning, and financial forecast.
  • Interpret complex financial data and making high-level recommendations
  • Monthly variance analysis and budget forecasting/reporting; providing budget recommendations with data and evidence-based analysis
  • Provide financial counsel and performance analysis to the Supply Chain team regarding expense control, capital investments, budgeting, forecasting, KPI’s and strategic planning
  • Responsible for monthly reporting and analysis of overall cost of goods sold, distribution and trends
  • Responsible for maintaining moving average inventory costs
  • Prepare and post cost of goods sold and inventory general ledger adjustments
  • Perform analysis of inventory position and review for obsolescence; discuss with operations for business personnel to make recommendation for disposition
  • Support physical inventory counts and ensure differences are reconciled, investigated, and adjusted; when necessary, support physical inventory counts.
  • Continually, improve processes and internal controls as it relates to all aspects of the role
  • Prepare routine monthly and other ad hoc analysis, reporting and projects in support of the budget and operations function, as assigned or requested
  • Technology utilization – Access financial databases (manual and computerized) with advanced competence.  Uses company furnished technology to accomplish position responsibilities and special assignments in an effective and timely manner (E.g., Microsoft D365, Business Central, Power BI, etc.).
  • Participates in or initiates assignments to improve processes and/or quality; maintains process documentation relevant to role.
  • Must take initiative, be self-motivated, and an independent, accountable, dependable performer
  • Maintain a high degree of professionalism
  • Performance of other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in accounting (preferred), finance or business.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressive accounting experience
  • Experience in manufacturing environment (multi-site preferred)
  • Good problem solver, naturally inquisitive, ability to tackle complex issues with diverse groups of stakeholders to drive business outcomes


  • Proven experience in finance, cost accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles
  • Well-developed financial analysis capabilities with a solid understanding of IFRS requirements
  • Experience as a Finance Business Partner with an understanding of how managers use financial and operational information to make better business decisions
  • Strong decision-making, organizational and problem-solving skills are essential as well as the ability to effectively work in a deadline driven environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees of all levels within the organization on, as well as customers both internally and externally.
  • Sole contributor role; no direct reports (at this time)

Physical and Mental requirements:  Required to sit for extended periods of time.



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