Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Cost Accounting Manager

Cost Accounting Manager

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.


  • Manage the month-end inventory close process and provide insightful analysis of cost of goods sold.
  • Lead worldwide cost accounting policy setting and consistency in practices.
  • Prepare financial reports and analysis in support of management reporting, financial reporting, tax and annual audit.
  • Partner with Operations team to ensure their processes and procedures support good inventory control and accurate costing.  Provide analytical support for business decisions.
  • Work with product teams to estimate new product costs and evaluate impact of cost reduction strategies.
  • Lead process improvements, automation and streamlining efforts. 
  • Participate in or lead system implementations.
  • Assist with developing and, documenting internal financial controls.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in manufacturing industry with exposure to costing.
  • CPA Preferred
  • Experience with international subsidiaries is a plus.
  • Strong working knowledge of cost accounting and analysis; good understanding of US GAAP.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and communicate to management.
  • Power user of Microsoft Excel and ERP systems. Microsoft Dynamics AX experience is an advantage.
  • 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

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