Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Cost Accountant

nLight Inc. Cost Accountant


Support inventory valuation and product standard costing process.  Prepare insightful analyses, investigate transactions and discrepancies, seek explanations, provide recommendations, and drive solutions to closure. Partner with Operations team to continuously improve inventory accuracy, costing, and other processes.

You will provide operational support and cost accounting for nLIGHT’s expanding businesses in Vancouver, Washington and Hillsboro, Oregon. You need to be a hands-on professional who is a creative problem-solver with extremely strong analytical and system skills. We are seeking a self-starter with high personal and professional values, strong work ethic and positive attitude.  This position reports to the WW Operations Finance Manager and is located in Vancouver, WA.


  • Perform month-end inventory close processes, entries, and reconciliations.
  • Cost new products and recommend updates; including absorption rates.
  • Prepare financial reports and analysis in support of management reporting, financial reporting, and annual audit.
  • Provide insightful analysis of worldwide inventory, reserve levels and cost of goods sold to help drive better business decisions.
  • Participate in worldwide cost accounting policy development and sharing best practices.
  • Partner with Operations team to ensure their processes and procedures support good inventory control and accurate costing. Support physical inventory audit process.
  • Investigate root-cause of issues, provide recommendations, and help drive solution to closure.
  • Participate in system implementations and testing, process improvements, automation and streamlining efforts.
  • Assist with developing and documenting internal financial controls.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in manufacturing with exposure to process costing.
  • Strong working knowledge of cost accounting and analysis; good understanding of US GAAP.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and communicate to operations employees and management.
  • Power user of Microsoft Excel and ERP systems. Microsoft Dynamics AX experience is an advantage. Ability to work with large volumes of data.
  • Must enjoy new challenges, streamlining work, identifying areas for improvement and following through to drive related changes.

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement.  If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, microelectronics and defense applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Asia and Europe. nLIGHT lasers are not only changing the way things are made, but what can be made.

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