High Performance Lasers

Cost Accountant

Support inventory valuation and product costing process.  Take advantage of opportunities from a recent system implementation to streamline the close process and continuously improve analysis of results.  Partner with Operations team to drive improvements in 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.


  • Perform month-end inventory close processes and provide insightful analysis of cost of goods sold.
  • Participate in worldwide cost accounting policy development and sharing best 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.
  • Participate in system implementations, 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 costing.
  • 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. 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, including protected veterans and people with disabilities. For more information, please see the EEO is the Law poster from the federal government:  dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf 

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, defense, and medical applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures direct diode and fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. We're committed to working together to deliver breakthrough solutions that help innovate and grow our customers' needs.

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