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Cost Control Specialist, Accounting

At Saatchi LA we believe in creating ideas that can live anywhere. We believe that everyone matters. And we believe that when we work as a team, nothing is impossible.  We strive to bring out the best in each other and in ourselves, and expect applicants to understand the value of close collaboration.  We also believe that creating transformational work requires initiative, an entrepreneurial spirit and a bold commitment to achieving measurable results and business success for the clients we service.

As a Cost Control Specialist, you work closely with the Cost Control Group in implementing processes to generate timely outcomes for all client production jobs in order to provide the most current and accurate spend analysis to our clients.   

Success for this position is measured by the ability to work in a team environment to monitor and audit projects, in order to ensure accurate cost reporting. This is accomplished by approving estimates and processing vendor invoices, employee expense reports and talent payments. Fostering strong partnerships with our Integrated Production and Idea Management departments, vendors, and shared services teams to review costs and client expectations on each project is a key criteria for this role.

An ideal candidate will have strong math skills and have a minimum of 2 years of bookkeeping or basic accounting related skills.

Candidate experience should include:

  • A passion for numbers and enthusiasm for the job
  • Attention-to-detail; demonstrates a high degree of accuracy
  • Excellent organization and time management skills; ability to prioritize workload and multi-task
  • Deadline focused
  • Working well in a collaborative, team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to be assertive while maintaining professionalism and a sense of humor
  • Ability to use good judgment when making business decisions and performing tasks
  • Proficiency with MS Office, internet, and e-mail applications
  • Degree preferred but not required
  • Experience in advertising a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP a plus
  • Intermediate in Excel – required

Roles and Responsibilities include:

  • Audit and approve estimates for client signature
  • Input client estimates into accounting system
  • Create all new vendors in accounting system
  • Code and process all production vendor, shipping, and talent invoices
  • Audit employee expense reports and process on a daily basis
  • Assist employees with information regarding historical spend data
  • Respond to vendor calls regarding the status of invoice payments
  • Review and reconcile all open Purchase Orders
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