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Cost Accountant II

Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Erie, PA, US, 16530

Company: Erie Insurance

Division or Field Office:

Controller Division

Department of Position: Cost Analysis & Controls Dept 

Work from:

Corporate Office, Erie PA


At Erie Insurance, you’re not just part of a Fortune 500 company; you’re also a valued member of a diverse and inclusive team that includes more than 5,000 employees and over 2,200 independent agencies.  Our Employees work in the Home Office complex located in Erie, PA, and in our Field Offices that span 12 states and the District of Columbia.  To attract and retain the best talent, we reward our team members with competitive salaries and a very generous benefits package.


Position Summary

  • The hiring manager will also consider candidates for Cost Accountant I.  Level of position offered will be based upon the depth and breadth of selected candidate's experience & qualifications.
  • This position will report to the Corporate Office in Erie PA and work a hybrid schedule (both in office and at home) upon COVID-19 precautions ending.

Under moderate supervision, performs accounting functions to organize, analyze, track and report financial activities on both a statutory accounting principles (SAP) and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyzes, verifies and balances all source data used in the preparation of journal entries, financial statements, reports, schedules and other documents in terms of accuracy, completeness and compliance with requirements.
  • Prepares and/or reviews monthly account and system reconciliations.
  • Prepares various journal entries, statistical reports, surveys, supporting schedules, information returns, management reports and financial statements for internal use and external filings in accordance with applicable accounting principles or regulations within the required deadlines.
  • Maintains and applies a working knowledge of various regulatory guidance (SAP/GAAP/SEC/SVO/IRS).
  • Demonstrates analytical and research skills.
  • Understands the control environment and adheres to applicable internal controls.
  • Prepares and maintains internal control documentation and testing in accordance with SOX/MAR.
  • Maintains working knowledge of systems and applications and process flows participating in upgrades as appropriate.
  • Prepares workpapers for review by internal and external auditors.
  • Recommends process improvements and challenges current processes for increased efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Provides guidance regarding accounting principles or regulations.
  • Completes special projects as required.
  • Performs other duties as required.


The first three duties listed are the functions identified as essential to the job. Essential functions are those job duties that must be performed in order for the job to be accomplished. 


This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the incumbent. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other duties as requested by their supervisor, or as become clear. 


Values Diversity
Nimble Learning
Information Management Skills
Customer Focus
Cultivates Innovation
Job-Specific Knowledge
Instills Trust
Optimizes Work Processes
Ensures Accountability
Decision Quality


Bachelor's degree in accounting, or related field, required. Three years' experience in accounting or related finance experience, required. Working knowledge of spreadsheet, reporting, query and/or database software preferred. Working knowledge of GAAP required, SAP preferred. The position requires the incumbent to work weekends and restrict vacation during peak periods. **Incumbents focused on allocations and balancing systems may substitute seven years of related experience in lieu of degree.

Physical Requirements

Lifting 0-20 lbs; Occasional (<20%)
Lifting 20-50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)
Lifting Over 50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)
Driving; Rarely
Pushing/Pulling; Occasional (<20%)
Manual Keying/Data Entry; Frequent (50-80%)
Climbing; Rarely

Nearest Major Market: Erie