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Professional - Costing and Inventory

Job Name

Professional - Costing and Inventory


Costa Rica




Finance - Administration

Reporting Line:

Finance Record to Report Costing & Inventory Team Lead

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Paola Olivera

About the role


Bacardi Business Service is looking for high performing individuals who are success driven and interested in a career at Bacardi. The accounting specialist/professional position is a highly competitive role structured to strengthen accounting and finance competencies. You will gain experience managing Costing & Inventory processes while also gaining exposure to Intercompany Accounting, Period End Close & Consolidation. This role provides support and training needed to develop a well-rounded accounting and finance skillset, which will be the foundation for advancing your career Bacardi.

BBS is a global business operation supported by the Bacardi executive and senior leaders throughout the organization.

Reporting to the Costing & Inventory Team Lead, Costing & Inventory Specialist will support Finance Organization and Operations team in accurate and timely creation/reconciliation of standard costs, maintenance of STC records, Inventory and warehouse reconciliations, beverage reports, period end close support and reporting support for cost of sales, variances and inventory balances.


  • Perform tasks related to the Costing and Inventory team within the Bacardi Global Services Center, which serves over 30 business units and Corporate Headquarters operations
  • Participate in the execution of the following tasks:
  • STC reconciliations, troubleshoot and resolution.
  • Regional and global coordination of STC tasks and SOX checks.
  • Inventory and Warehouse reconciliation and confirmation.
  • Cost Master Data creation and maintenance understanding the trading flows.
  • Balance Sheet Account reconciliation (BBSR).
  • Calculation, entry, review and posting of accounting journal entries.
  • Development and issuance of financial reports.
  • Financial data reporting.
  • Analyze monthly and YTD variances.
  • Support quarterly and yearly tasks (such as LIFO reserves, inventory reserves, Transfer price true ups, variances analysis, revisions release).
  • Troubleshoot differences between systems (SAP-BW-STC).
  • Be able to respond and support auditor’s requests.
  • Support implementation of new projects from costing/inventory perspective.
  • Execute and support Plant Costing processes, including absorption of new plants on time and with no impacts to operations.
  • Communicate effectively with internal Bacardi clients as necessary to ensure that work is properly delivered.
    Influence the markets to follow the correct procedures and policies.
  • Consistently meet or exceed Service Level Agreements pertaining to Costing and Inventory accounting processes.
  • Continuously identify, propose and execute process improvements.
  • Ensure Costing & Inventory accounting procedures conform to GAAP and Bacardi financial policies and procedures.
  • Lead the most demanding projects of the team, such as BBSR, Program Now initiatives, Accounting and Costing master data massive clean ups, Fiscal year end coordination, STC database administration, Audits, Toll manufacturing projects, Continuous improvement, etc.
  • Develop capability and technical mastery in the clerks via ongoing training programs.

Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role you will have/be:
  • Previous experience in Cost Accounting Operations, using SAP platform.
  • Possess technical mastery in topics like standard costing, inventory flow, transfer pricing and variances accounting.
  • Strong analytical, diagnostic and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, and manage his/her time efficiently.
  • Ability to push creative thinking beyond the boundaries of existing company practices and mindsets.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to capture information in a clear, concise manner and can adapt information for various audiences.
  • Proactive individual that can collaborate and build effective relationships across all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to create capability in other members of the team, in a way that his/her technical mastery can be transmitted to them.
  • Works well in a team environment and is a self-starter that continuously is thinking on how things can be done better requiring minimal direction and support.
  • Knowledge of standard business practices and professionalism in a customer service environment
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (outlook / excel / word / powerpoint / lync)
  • Working knowledge of SAP environment.
  • Ability to communicate in English. Advanced writing is a must, since 90% of our communications are held via email-link, and intermediate to advance speaking is required. 
The following experiences are preferred: 
  • Experience in the Spirits and/or FMCG industry is a distinct advantage. 
  • Solid knowledge of Bacardi Business Partner/Shared Services/Centre of Expertise. 
  • Experience in Shared Services environment preferred. 
  • Foreign language skills (English, French, and Portuguese) preferred. 
  • Relevant education: 
  • University degree in Accounting/Business/Finance or related discipline, CA / CPA certification, MBA or advanced degree preferred. 

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.