Cost Accounting Manager
San Diego, California - Full Time

Aptera Motors delivers the most technologically advanced solar electric vehicles (sEVs) with
breakthroughs in battery efficiency, aerodynamics, material science and manufacturing. The first in a series of eco-friendly vehicles, Aptera has the longest range of any production vehicle with 1,000 miles per charge and the ability to travel up to 40 miles a day on free power from its integrated solar panels. Its unique body shape allows it to slip through the air using far less energy than other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today.

As a Cost Accounting Manager, you are responsible for setup and maintenance of accurate process cost information and reconciliation of standard costs to actual costs. You ensure costs for Aptera’s products are allocated according to corporate procedures and in compliance with financial accounting standards. You oversee the cost control systems, manage and interpret cost audits, and prepare cost accounting reports.

You will:
● Be responsible for all manufacturing cost accounting-related activities: month-end close,
standard cost setting, labor and overhead absorption, inventory management, freight and duty
tracking and monitoring
● Develop cost standards for materials and labor
● Perform variance analysis such as purchase price to cost variance, cost revaluation, invoice to PO price variances, and work order variances
● Drive operational improvements and efficiencies on labor and overhead burden to improve
business profitability
● Process cost accounting and ensure accurate reporting
● Perform regular cycle counts to correct inventory misstatements
● Monthly reconciliation and updating of standard costs to actual costs
● Gather historical cost data (materials, labor, depreciation, operating expenses, etc.) to
compare budgets with actual expenses

Your skills include:
● Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance or experience and evidence of exceptional ability
● 5+ years of accounting/finance experience, preferably in a manufacturing environment
● Ability to work under extreme uncertainty
● Ability to understand the manufacturing environment and associated financial processes;
knowledge of supply chain, receiving, inventory flow, operations process and manufacturing
● International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) accreditation
● CPA license preferred
● Experience with NetSuite
● Solid cost systems background
● Strong business skills and effective understanding of financial, distribution, and manufacturing systems
● Excellent organizational and analytical skills
● Experience manipulating large databases
● Strong problem-solving skills
● Ability to work comfortably under pressure and deliver results on tight deadlines

You are expected to:
● Stay driven, exceptional, and efficient
● Achieve 30-60-90 day plan
○ 30-day target: Ability to perform all duties and responsibilities as a Cost Accounting
Manager independently; working knowledge and integration of Aptera’s purpose and
○ 60-day target: Implementation of knowledge gained in first 30 days to contribute to
Aptera’s mission
○ 90-day target: Ability to utilize knowledge and experience gained in first 60 days to
appropriately and effectively train others and/or lead a team

Aptera designs electric vehicles with extreme efficiency, using low-drag aerodynamics inspired by nature, able to travel 1,000 miles on a single charge and power themselves just by being parked in the sun. Aptera's purpose, our drive, is to bring freedom to people and the planet, and that's what keeps us accelerating into the future.