Cost Accountant

Blending innovation and imagination, donnelly fresh. foods create exciting bespoke fresh food solutions for Ireland’s top retailers and foodservice outlets.

Highly driven individual with extensive knowledge in manufacturing, ideally in a fresh food business. A creative yet commercial mind set willing to challenge existing processes constantly seeking to improve them. A proven ability to make complex processes simple and sustainable.



  • Reports to the Financial Controller
  • Have a close working relation with NPD, Production, Procurement and Sales teams.
  • Engage with production team to ensure costings are accurate and kept up to date.


Main duties & responsibilities:

To provide accurate costings information, key commercial sales, and margin analysis. Duties will include the following:

  • Complete initial costings for all new products, highlight the selling price needed for the margin required.
  • Maintain all costings (circa 300), ensuring all are up to date for ingredients and packaging pricing and the labour is accurately stated on each product costing.
  • Track distribution spend each month and ensure it is in line with the standard.
  • Monitor weekly ingredients and packaging spend, comparing to the standard and highlighting areas of significant increases and the impact to margin re the increases.
  • Prepare detailed analysis on cost increases and advise on selling price increase needed to offset the cost increase.
  • Continuously seek to improve on costings accuracy and build more efficient costing methods.
  • Monitor customer selling prices, customer margin by product and advise on any customer price increases.
  • Create/improve on a monthly standard v actual margin report – highlighting areas of significance.
  • Complete weekly KPI reports on labour spend, highlighting areas of concern.
  • Oversee/Improve stock takes and ensure the count is accurately done, update stock sheets for up-to-date costings.
  • Assist with month end process, posting journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations etc.
  • Assist with AP and AR when required.
  • Assist with budget preparation, monitor actual spend to budget and carry out reviews with cost line owners ensure actual spend is in line with budget.
  • Create/improve work instructions for finance related tasks.
  • Ad hoc financial work as required by the needs of the business.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, advanced knowledge of Excel is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • Experienced in working to tight reporting deadlines.
  • Experience implementing an ERP system a distinct advantage.




  • Managing complexity in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Ability to muti-task and prioritize.
  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Analytical mind set with a problem-solving attitude.
  • Ability to work closely with other teams.


Education & Experience:


  • Degree educated (in accounting or associated discipline)
  • May suit a recent graduate.
  • 1-3 years’ previous experience, within manufacturing an advantage but not essential



  • Very competitive package, based on level of experience.