Cost Analyst

Qualitel Corporation - Everett, WA2.8

Full-timeEstimated: $52,000 - $73,000 a year

Job Summary

Qualitel is a contract manufacturer of mission-critical electronics, specializing in a full range of high-mix, low-volume and high-reliability products and services. Qualitel manufactures electronics with complex Surface Mount Technology (SMT), Ball Grid Array and Fine Pitch Technology for the aerospace, medical and life sciences, industrial and military markets.

Qualitel was started in 1995 by its current President, Tuanhai Hoang and has become one of Washington State’s fastest growing companies in the new millennium. Located only 20 miles north of Seattle in Everett, Washington, Qualitel remains a private company with a reputation for products and services of the highest quality.

The company is known for its commitment to a “lean” culture which allows it to offer the shortest lead times and highest quality production available today. By placing a singular emphasis on flexibility and responsiveness, Qualitel is able to offer efficient execution of unique, difficult and complex projects.

Company success is further predicated on:

  • Customer focused service
  • Operational excellence using lean manufacturing systems
  • All relevant quality registrations and certifications
  • High-mix and high reliability EMS expertise
  • Open-book costing
  • State-of-the-art, redundant equipment
  • Inventory and obsolescence management
  • Supply change management and automated BIM ordering systems
  • Barcode component and WO traceability
  • Trained and certified IPC-610 and J-STD-001 workforce

Data Analyst has overall responsibility for analyzing all costs and pricing at Qualitel with the purpose of finding cost reduction and variance opportunities. This will include:

- Costing and pricing analysis & variance reporting

- Analysis of actual, standard, and quoted costs for labor and materials.

- Analyze variances for sales orders, purchase orders, and work orders to quoted costs and standards

- Analyze expenses and COGS

- Providing managers and team with clear, understandable and useful reports and metrics

- Using data and relevant analysis, advises manager on improvement of profit margins, and cost of goods and services.

- Review, interpret, analyze and communicates important financial information to President and leadership team.


1) Experience with data/financial analysis, and specifically with product/job costing, variance analysis, profit margin analysis.

2) Using advance functions in Excel and Pivot Tables.

3) Experience with accessing complex data from SQL and Access databases and translating this understandable language for operating personnel.

4) Experience in a manufacturing environment, and preferably a component/assembly environment.

5) Experience with setting up and working with cost methods in ERP

6) Demonstrated ability to make operational and management decisions in response to changing conditions and emergencies.

7) Ability to effectively interface and team with all levels of an organization, and to maintain positive, constructive relationships with operating personnel.

8) Exceptional interpersonal communications skills, including strong verbal and writing ability; presentation skills; ability to listen “actively” and to calibrate communication style to all levels of the company for maximum effectiveness.

9) A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in finance, accounting, supply chain or related.


1) Experience with “lean” and “continuous improvement” principles and practices.

2) Experience in a multi-line, multi-product manufacturing or electronic assembly company with complex costing challenges.

3) Experience with box-build and high level assemblies with many configurations and subassemblies.

Responsibilities and Duties


  • Analyze costs and profit margins for the current customers, major product lines, and top gross margin products.
  • Help implement cost analysis system that can quickly provide profit margin by product by. Compares quotes to actuals to provide variances from WO to Sales Order.
  • Analyze top 3 COGS accounts
  • Fix found system costing issues and variances as identified
  • Provide existing weekly and monthly dashboard and metrics


  • Analysis of all COGS and expenses
  • Complete analysis of profit margins for all products and new products introduced.
  • Analyze costings for Express division
  • Improve existing dashboard and metrics
  • Provide better analysis timely and identify cost reduction opportunities
  • Provide accurate profitability and variances by work orders and by item.
  • Clean up labor and materials variances on financial statement


  • Have a cost analysis system that will identify profitability for all new products and existing products that other can use.
  • Update a cost model that Qualitel can use to quote include labor and materials burden rate.
  • Qualitel has a system that can effectively review variances timely.
  • Set up automated reports and alerts with IT

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's (Required)