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Industry: Finance

Company: UGN

Founded in 1986 as a partnership between Nittoku and Autoneum, UGN is the preferred producer of high quality acoustic, interior trim, and thermal management products, and a recognized leader in customer satisfaction for the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America. UGN, with more than $400 million in revenue, has six locations in the United States-Novi, Michigan; Jackson, Tennessee; Monroe, Ohio; Somerset, Kentucky; Downers Grove, Illinois; and Valparaiso, Indiana; as well as a location in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico-specializing in manufacturing, research, development, testing, and service support.

For 6 years in a row UGN has achieved ranking as a “Best Company to Work for in Illinois”. Based on three core values of Respect, Trust and Communication, UGN prides itself on a unique culture that is the UGN Way.

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The Operations Finance Analyst leverages cost accounting principles to perform in-depth studies, generating detailed cost information not available through general accounting systems. This hybrid role entails working three days in the office and two days remotely, with approximately 10% to 20% travel to our plants. The position offers extensive exposure to cost accounting projects across all our facilities, providing broad business and financial insights into our operations. Initial training and onboarding will require 3-4 days per week onsite at one of our plants, preferably in Valparaiso, for the first four months.


  • Plan studies and collect data to determine costs of business activity, such as raw material purchases, inventory, and labor.
  • Analyze data obtained and records results.
  • Analyze changes in product design, raw materials, manufacturing methods, or services provided to determine effect on costs.
  • Analyze actual manufacturing costs and prepare periodic reports comparing standard costs to actual production costs.
  • Record cost information for use in controlling expenditures.
  • Analyze audits of costs and prepares reports for management.
  • Compile cost information to be used in operating budget preparation.
  • Make estimates of new and proposed product or service costs.
  • Recommend cost efficiencies in new product layouts.
  • Provide management with reports specifying and comparing factors affecting prices and profitability of products or services.
  • Support Controllers with annual budget, month end and year end close, daily reporting and special projects.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance preferred
  • Two plus years related experience preferably as a Cost Accountant or Analyst in a manufacturing cost environment.
  • Prefer candidates who desire advancement opportunities in Operations Finance or as a Plant Controller.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with all levels. Strong analytical skills.
  • Highly organized with an attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work effectively in a remote environment.
  • Ability to travel to our plants (approximately 20%).
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and customers.
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications–Word, Excel (pivot tables) and Outlook.
  • Proficiency with Manufacturing ERP systems (Oracle preferred).
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