Accounting & Finance Chicago, Illinois


Position at Swift Prepared Foods

Job Title:  Cost Analyst



Our Company, Your Opportunity:    


Nearly 150 years ago, Gustavus Swift founded Swift & Company. He was a true pioneer whose passion and innovative spirit transformed the meat industry. This commitment to transformation mirrors that of Swift Prepared Foods today. Swift Prepared Foods is the prepared foods arm of JBS USA, one of the world’s largest meat companies. This is a unique opportunity to be in a start-up environment, with the backing of a Global CPG Powerhouse. This is a role for someone who is looking for an entrepreneurial challenge in a company with aspirations to be leaders within the CPG world. The position will have both strategic and tactical elements and the person may wear different hats. This is an opportunity for people who want to think Big, dream Big and work to make Big ideas a reality.


Our Mission:


To be THE BEST in all we do.  We are completely focused on our business, ensuring the BEST products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers and profitability for our shareholders.  All this, we do to provide an opportunity for a better future for all of our TEAM MEMBERS.




Scope of Position:

The cost analyst position functions as a business support person to the plant and financial management team. The position assists in effectively managing and controlling the local business and is responsible for plant level costs and control including general accounting, cost accounting, bill of material audits, inventory reconciliations, and cost analysis. The position supports month-end close and special projects as requested, and works closely with manufacturing to understand issues and how they impact the financial results as well as educate/inform department(s) on cost divers and variances. Finally, the position will work with the innovation team on developing cost standards for new product/process to determine economic impact of these new initiatives.








  • Interact with Production Control to ensure Bills of Materials (BOM) are accurate and up to date. Review and audit BOM’s and Recipes to ensure they reflect the latest manufacturing practices.
  • Research variances and discrepancies as needed on BOMs. Broadcast results.
  • Weekly reports comparing actual costs and standard costs by plant.
  • Analyze monthly variances between actual cost versus standard costs by plant, product category and SKU.
  • Partner with cross functional teams including: Industrial engineers, R&D, line supervisors, Plant Accounting team, marketing and corporate team on costing for new SKUs.
  • Draft and/or update existing policies and documentation, with guidance to current finance procedures, as needed, to support the business.
  • Support plant controller’s efforts for implementing and maintaining internal controls at the plant for operations, sales, and finance.
  • Setup and maintain production versions in SAP.
  • Aid in the development of new labor and overhead rates.
  • Plant’s performance tracking KPIs to monitor improvement.
  • Prepares monthly presentations for actual x standard variances.
  • Support R&D, Sales and Finance team on innovation costing projects.
  • Work with finance on developing complex models to budget/forecast and analyze standard costs.
  • Production volume reporting.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


Skills and Qualifications:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting or Finance
  • 3+ years of directly related experience required
  • Strong analytical skills, accuracy and attention to details
  • Advanced abilities in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Technology savvy with demonstrated ability to learn systems and processes quickly
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Requires excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to work closely with internal and external customers
  • Ability to effectively work and prioritize multiple projects
  • SAP experience is a plus




The position will require some travels (about 15%) to each plant and warehouse in order to review standard costing models that represent the financial implications of the manufacturing process.


Physical Demands:


The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Frequently required to sit; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.
  • Walk and stand on production floors for extended periods of time.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:


  • Corporate working environment.
  • Food Manufacturing Environment



If interested, please apply at

We offer a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, and a 401(k) plan.

Swift Prepared Foods is an equal opportunity employer.


Department: Fin Plan&Analysis

Location: Corporate

Salary Class: Exempt