Cost Accounting Manager

Cost Accounting Manager
Racine County Public Works & Development Services
 Racine, Wisconsin
Job Description

Racine County is seeking a Cost Accounting Manager to join our Public Works & Development Services and Finance Department team. This position manages, supervises, and coordinates all financial operations of the Public Works & Development Services department and is a key manager in the Finance Department operations.

Essential duties:

  • Manage and maintain the general ledger financial management systems of the Public Works and Development Services in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Report related grants for the single audit and prepare documents for the annual financial audit to ensure the outside auditing firm receives information timely and accurately.
  • Submit required reports to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
  • Ensure that payroll and accounts payable activities are in compliance with the Federal and State laws and regulations.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, and controls to ensure compliance with regulations, municipal codes, county ordinances, GAAP, and GASB.
  • Develop capital and operational annual budgets for Public Works and Development Services.
  • Set financial goals for departments and work with managers to ensure those goals are met.
  • Monitor cost and revenues while tracking budgets to advise management of financial position throughout the year.
  • Work with highway management to strategically plan work while staying with in the confines of Wisconsin Department of Transportation Routine Maintenance Agreement.
  • Maintain financial records for capital assets.
  • Supervises: 1 accounting technician, 1 project accountant, and 1 financial specialist


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field plus five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible accounting, budgeting, or finance experience including supervision.
  • Advanced knowledge of government accounting.
  • Advanced computer skills required (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • *Or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge skills and abilities:

  • Ability to work independently with attention to detail and good organizational skills.
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to function and multi-task under time constraints.
  • Strong quantitative (accounting, finance and/or economics), communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with elected officials, other employees, and the general public.