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Financial Analyst (Manufacturing/Cost Accounting) Schenectady, NY

Posting Start Date: Mar 20, 2019

Location: Schenectady, NY, US

Company: Cascades


Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in more than 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products  that customers have come to rely on.



The Containerboard Packaging Group, a division of Cascades, is the largest containerboard producer in Canada, and is also a top converter of corrugated products in the country. The Group manufactures a wide range of products made from recycled fibres for its North American customers in the food, beverage and consumer products sectors, among many others. The Division, which employs close to 3,400 people, owns six containerboard mills and nineteen corrugated products plants in Canada and the United States.

Your challenge!

Reporting to the Business Unit Controller, you will be responsible for conducting variance analysis for two of our containerboard packaging locations (Schenectady, New York and Piscataway, New Jersey). You will work closely with each Unit/Sales Controller and will also be responsible for all accounting functions associated with the accurate recording and reporting of costs. The successful candidate will be detail oriented, highly motivated, and willing to learn. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for conducting variance analysis for two manufacturing converting plants;
  • Assist the Controller of the Schenectady plant and the Contoller of the Piscataway plant with all accounting functions associated with the accurate recording and reporting of costs of manufacturing;
  • Develop and prepare reports which compare actual results to plan and provide accurate information to operating departments and management to provide a sound quantitative basis for management decisions;
  • Participate in identification of operating performance issues and take an active role in developing solutions to improve performance levels;
  • Participate in the budgeting process including working with other departments to ensure accurate cost data;
  • Play an active role in the month-end close process for both the Schnectady and Piscataway converting plants. 
  • Ensure compliance with all activities related to accounting processes, policies and procedures. Constructively challenge current processes to continually improve.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • SAP experience desired
  • Cost accounting experience in a manufacturing organization preferred


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (both verbal and written); able to effectively communicate with all levels of management, both internally and externally.
  • Must possess strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities effectively in a fast-paced and results oriented environment.
  • Maintains the highest level of confidentiality.

Additional information

This position is located in Schenectady, NY but will require frequent travel to Piscataway, NJ.

Business Objectives Alignment

Serve as an expert in the field and assist the manager in making business decisions and developing business strategies

Operational Excellence

Prepare statutory reports required under the laws and regulations in force

Prepare the analyses and information required to produce the unit’s, Group’s or Cascades’ financial statements and management reports and make recommendations

Serve as an expert in the field for the organization

Human Resources

Develop and provide training

Take the initiative to develop his or her skills

Health & Safety

Help create and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for all of his/hers service’s employees

Promote sound occupational health and safety management

Corporate Responsibility and Governance

Adhere to the internal control structure in order to minimize business risks inherent in operations and/or fraud

Foster and promote Cascades’ ethical behaviors, culture and values

Guarantee the financial information produced is reliable and complete

Core competencies defined for this job


Action-based focus

Advisory role





Cascades believes in the success of an inclusive organization that values diversity within its team. All qualified candidates will be considered for this position in a fair manner.


Nearest Major Market: Albany

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