Cost Accountant - MSS - Strongsville


Strongsville, OH, US, 44149

Company:  1181-Applied MSS



Our company culture is friendly, fun with healthy competition and rewards. At Applied Industrial, we offer integrity, inclusion, and career advancement. Individual contributorship and ideas are encouraged and welcomed.


We are hiring a full-time Cost Accountant in our Maintenance Supplies & Solutions division located in Strongsville, OH. In this position, you will be instrumental in developing strong financial models, budgeting and work with our sales staff to build strong relationships with our customers. This position requires hands on experience with cost analysis and must be a self-starter.  


Why join us?

There is a reason we have been named a Best Workplace 20 times. Applied has earned the Outstanding Employer Support award from the US Navy, 50 Best Companies to sell for in the US, and we are a GSA approved vendor.


You will receive rewards and resources to fulfill you both professionally and personally. In addition to competitive pay and all the benefits you would expect from an industry leader (401K, insurance, time off, employee assistance, etc.) you will also enjoy:

  • A LASTING CAREER – Career paths are available in sales, operations, or management throughout the country.
  • Professional development, training and tuition reimbursement.
  • Team oriented company culture where it’s called work for a reason but have fun in the process.
  • Join a local team with company backing.
  • Great work / life balance.


What you will do:

  • Provide decision support for leadership team through the construction of financial models,
    report production, forecast tools, KPI’s and other predictive models. 
  • Collaborate with leaders to provide financial assistance and guidance to projects and productivity initiatives. 
  • Support team(s) by providing transactional detail and analysis around vendor and procurement data with a heavy cost accounting emphasis. Analyze and communicate root causes around purchase price variances; recommend permanent corrective actions. Will involve work with large data sets and interfacing with various business teams to provide reporting and insight around purchasing and supply chain decisions.
  • Participate and support business team functions including project work around purchasing, supply chain, warehouse labor planning, etc.
  • Assist in the annual planning (budget) process and quarterly forecasting process for MSS creating templates and budget reports to assist users in the process.  

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting.
  • 6 + months experience in finance, accounting, or related business functions.
  • Proven results in analyzing data and trends to create relevant and actionable business insights.
  • Strong Excel Skills.
  • Strong Communication Skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with reporting capabilities.


Come for the job. Stay for the career-apply for immediate consideration! 

Applied Maintenance Supplies & Solutions (Applied MSS) is a leading value-added distributor of C-Class Maintenance, Repair, Operating and Production (MROP) supplies specializing in fasteners; cutting tools & abrasives; paints & chemicals; electrical; pipes, valves & fittings; safety & PPE; janitorial; transportation; shop supplies; and more serving customers in virtually every industry.

Applied MSS is a part of Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT), a leading value-added distributor and technical solutions provider of industrial motion, fluid power, flow control, automation technologies, and related maintenance supplies. Our leading brands, specialized services, and comprehensive knowledge serve MRO and OEM end users in virtually all industrial markets through our multi-channel capabilities that provide choice, convenience, and expertise.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a disability, please send an email to or call 216-426-4389 to let us know the nature of your request.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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