Finance / Accounting
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The Finance Department

Finance ensures that Mary Kay has financial resources to enrich women's lives by challenging our cross-functional partners, enabling data-driven decisions and safeguarding our assets. The department does this with objectivity and integrity. Our dedicated teams include opportunities in accounting, payroll, planning, forecasting, tax, treasury and internal audit.


Responsible for the complex activities associated with establishing standard costs, maintaining ledger accounts, and for developing financial statements and reports. Conducts complex assignments involving accounting projects that require a broad knowledge of accounting practices and procedures. May provide functional advice and training and guidance to less-experienced Accountant positions. Supports timely and accurate reporting of product manufacturing related expenses and inventory at standard costs in accordance with Company accounting policies and reporting requirements, internal and external audit recommendations, as well as U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). 


  1. Collaboration on Analysis and Business Solutions. 
    • Adapts communication style to the audience to ensure accurate understanding of complex concepts.
    • Independently identifies and addresses unusual trends, variances, or issues with business partners to reach resolution and communicates results to Management.
    • Partners with various functional areas to understand transactions and processes and to provide timely and meaningful feedback of performance to Management.
    • Assists with report testing and with testing the financial aspects of ERP system upgrades, modifications, and implementations for the area.
    • Independently performs research and analysis projects as independently identified or as requested by Management and communicates results. 
  2. Accounting and Reporting.
    • Maintains, reconciles, and analyzes complex general ledger account balances and manufacturing performance.  Investigates unusual transactions, identifies root issues, and communicates results to Management.Reviews Cost
    • Accountants’ work as appropriate. 
    • Prepares monthly journal entries, variance analysis, and account reconciliations related to cost of sales and inventory accounts.
    • Exercises judgment to apply accounting and reporting rules, apply government regulations, and record financial transactions in accordance with GAAP. 
    • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and year-end schedules for internal and external audits for accounts and activities assigned.
    • Performs research and advises Management of reasons for unusual trends, variances, or other pending issues.
    • Prepares supply chain, financial, or tax reports accurately and timely.
  3. Standard Costs.
    • In partnership with other members of the Manufacturing Accounting team, establishes  initial standard costs and updates standard costs annually in the ERP system.
    • Completes assigned tasks associated with annual cost revaluation in a timely and accurate manner. Updates status in a comprehensive checklist, maintains supporting documents in an organized manner, and performs analysis as appropriate. Communicates issues and significant variances to Management.
    • Ensures that initial standard costs under area of responsibility are established in a timely and accurate manner within the ERP system. Analyzes unusual variances or integrity report issues. Analyzes materials issued, completions, labor, overhead, and work in process activities.  Interacts with various departments to review costs for products.
  4. Continuous Improvement.
    • Continuously assesses internal processes and implements changes that enable greater process efficiency or enhanced reporting.


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting.  CPA or CMA certification preferred.

Experience: 5+ years of accounting experience

  1. Possesses an understanding of GAAP and internal controls, understands preparation of journal entries, accounting treatment of manufacturing accounting transactions, and creation of analytical reports.
  2. Intermediate understanding of integrated ERP systems and the relationship of Finance data and processes to other areas in the Company.  Ability to understand the implications of system errors on financial statements and unit costs.
  3. Technology: Utilizes digital tools to perform tasks at a high level of productivity.  Identifies and supports transformation of processes with technology.  Able to identify processes that can be conducted more efficiently with technology and to identify when use of digital tools is not effective or practical. Experience with Tableau, PeopleSoft Financials, and JD Edwards is highly beneficial.  Strong knowledge of general ledger, query, and reporting. High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, especially advanced Excel, is beneficial.
  4. Influence: Builds and maintains trusting relationships by actively listening to stakeholders and backing up opinions with facts, knowledge, and logic.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with team, internal customers, vendors, and Company management, and external auditors.
  5. Storytelling with data: Organizes and structures presentations or communications in a way that is easily understandable to the audience. Uses judgment to validate that data is accurate, relevant, and used in the proper context. Uses data visualizations and develops narratives to convey insights.  Must have strong analytical skills and the judgment required to analyze financial reports and resolve complex issues.  Must be able to identify when anomalies are material, the significance of the anomaly, the root causes of the anomaly, and recommend corrective actions.
  6. Strong organizational and time management skills to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously.
  7. Must be able to exercise extreme discretion in dealing with confidential information including financial and audit information.

Company Overview

Looking for a career where you can make a difference? At Mary Kay we are committed to enriching the lives of women and their families around the world, we offer careers with unlimited opportunities to do something beautiful every day. More than 5,000 employees work in locations around the world. They provide the products, marketing and other support to millions of Independent Beauty Consultants (IBCs) who work as independent contractors, selling our products directly to consumers in nearly 40 markets on five continents.

We are a company that believes in our people and cares for them with truly exceptional benefits. We offer:

  • A comprehensive health plan which includes medical, dental, and vision with low premiums
  • 401(k) plan
  • A generous profit-sharing program
  • Free access to on-site fitness center and on-site clinic

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