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Cost Analyst

Job Requisition ID:  44956


Want to join a team of problem solvers and change makers? If so, the Eastman Finance team could be right for you!  At Eastman, our strategy is to transform tomorrow by revolutionizing the materials that shape it today — innovating sustainable solutions to enhance the quality of life in a material way.  It’s just one reason why Eastman has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the World’s Most Sustainably Managed Companies.   Eastman also has the distinction of being included in Fortune Magazine’s top 25 Change the World list.
As a Cost Analyst supporting the Specialty Plastics business, you will be providing leadership on Global Finance Processes related to forecasting, strategic planning, and capital choices.  This role supports the business management team by offering insights and financial advice that will allow them to make the best decisions for their business. Ideal candidates will have strong financial acumen and excellent communication skills.
General Responsibilities:

  • Complete monthly cost of goods sold and inventory rate forecast 
  • Prepare closing analysis explaining how actual business performance varied from expectations
  • Works cross functionally to prepare cost analysis in order to identify and understand potential opportunities and threats.
  • Assist in preparation of project analysis as needed to support recommendations for proposed investments
  • Provide decision support analysis for business strategies, operational changes, new product introductions, and any other business choices that could impact financial results
  • Provide process guidance and modeling in support of the company’s integrated business planning and long-range strategic quantification
  • Prepares and presents ideas for financial process productivity gains.  Works to execute agreed upon process modifications.
  • Complete monthly cost of goods sold and inventory rate forecast for Specialty Plastics and provide explanations between forecast and actuals.  Develop /assist in developing the product cost forecasts  
  • Provide variable and fixed cost analysis for business partners including ensuring cost models are maintained and refreshed as appropriate
  • Partnering with supply chain to support efforts to optimize inventories and production plans including coordination of excess and obsolete inventory evaluation
  • Working closely to with cost accounting to ensure processes are aligned with management reporting objectives and drive improvement where needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or related degree
  • At least 2+ years of relevant experience required
  • Foundational accounting 
  • Working knowledge of key systems/tools is a plus (SAP, Excel, BPC etc.)
  • Discounted cash flow modeling and other analysis techniques
  • Synthesis of inputs into clear recommendations and defensible positions
  • Basic project leadership and facilitation skills
  • Ability to develop trust-based relationships
  • Strong presentation skills

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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