Cost Accountant


Mercury Paper is a tissue converting company with affiliated plant and warehouses in Virginia. Since 2010, Mercury has steadily grown in the away from home (AFH), retail private label (PL) and retail branded (FIORA) sales channels.


Finance and Accounting Department goal is to ensure the company’s financial sustainability and to support improvement of business profitability. Specifically FAD focus include cash and working capital management, AP/AR, GL, financial reporting, manufacturing costing, internal control, tax, budgeting, and business decision support.


  • Have a clear understanding of each manufacturing cost component, and provide the manufacturing cost per machine line per SKU.
  • Strengthen the asset control, including the fixed asset and inventory management.
  • Represent Finance/Accounting in the plant to work with the production team, to improve cost efficiency and drive compliance.
  • Provide cost study and analysis, and support on management decision-making (such as SKU rationalization, new sourcing project, etc.)


  • Conduct the monthly book closing for Mercury plant and prepare inventory and COGM reports.
  • Prepare and analyze inventory valuations, COGM, and variances analysis (regarding material, labor, overhead, and other costs related to manufacturing products)
  • Perform oversight on inventory control and cycle count programs with warehouse managers.
  • Develop SOP, apply accounting policies, improve and maintain internal control, and fulfill internal and external audit requirements.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries, reconciliations and reporting.
  • Lead the financial management on fixed asset (CIP tracking, capitalization, depreciation, and asset disposals)
  • Provide support in the annual budget process
  • Perform special projects and ad-hoc reporting as required



  • Operations, Procurement, Logistic, Internal Control.
  • Finance Department including direct report(s) (Asset Management Accountant).


  • External Auditors.
  • Tax Consultants.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related Business field; preferably with Master’s degree or accounting/finance designation (i.e. CPA, CMA, CFA)
  • 3-5 years manufacturing cost accounting experience
  • 3 years controlling or leadership position.
  • Knowledge of accounting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing costing and GAAP.
  • Master degree in Accounting, or CPA/CMA a plus

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Possess an acute and thorough attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Display initiative and well organized in identifying and resolving problems.
  • Advanced communication and leadership skill,
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel is essential.
  • SAP costing experience is strongly preferred.


This job is in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, email, phones/cell, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. There is sitting and repetitive hand, finger and wrist use. Must be able to perform general office functions, operate a computer, safely lift up to 20 pounds, and communicate effectively with internal and external constituents. This position requires the ability to work flexible and extended hours to include weekends.


Applying for a position with Mercury Paper:

Please complete, sign, and date the Mercury Paper application listed above and scan/email to Completed applications may also be mailed to 495 Radio Station Rd, Strasburg, VA 22657, Attention Human Resources Assistant.

You are welcome to include your resume and cover letter. Candidates may also apply at a local Virginia Employment Commission office or on their job search website.