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Product Costing Manager

  • Job
    Senior Level
  • Product
  • £95K - £105K
  • San Leandro

AI generated summary

  • You need a Bachelor's degree, 5+ years of relevant experience, proficiency in MS Excel, footwear knowledge, teamwork skills, integrity, and willingness to travel occasionally.
  • You will be responsible for analyzing product costs, setting target prices, identifying cost improvement opportunities, training teams on cost optimization, driving margin improvement initiatives, and automating processes to enhance operational efficiency.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Costing, Engineering, Business Management or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience including Engineering, Development, Industry
  • Engineering, Manufacturing, and Product Costing are preferred. Related disciplines also
  • acceptable
  • High proficiency using MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Visio
  • Knowledge of footwear construction, manufacturing, product costing, and global business management
  • Work independently and collaborate proactively with cross-functional teams
  • High level of integrity and teamwork, result-oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Solving complex challenges and bringing new perspectives to existing processes and solutions
  • Ability to travel 5-10% of the time


  • Engaging in the product development process
  • Identifying the linkages between material costs/ consumptions and how that drives overall FOBs for various styles
  • Creating a cost budget and a matrix to support product creation teams in setting up target prices
  • Selecting appropriately priced materials/constructions to achieve margin targets
  • Attending product design reviews, detail meetings, and documenting product opportunities for cost improvement
  • Using notes to create training curriculum and train product creation teams on cost improvement opportunities.
  • Leading efforts to improve cost transparency in the areas of labor, overhead, and profit (LOP)
  • Liaising with sourcing offices to gather information on the cost drivers of LOP at each factory
  • Defining approaches and processes for working with suppliers to properly allocate LOP to individual products to create improved cost transparency as an input to merchandising’s pricing models
  • Providing product cost info and validating product standard cost
  • Analyzing variance to support the finance standard cost reroll process
  • Documenting margin management process and narratives
  • Identifying improvement opportunities
  • Driving solutions to automate process and data tools to enhance operations efficiency
  • Supporting strategic margin improvement business initiatives that deliver better margins to Ariat profitability expectations.
  • Other duties as assigned


What is the primary responsibility of a Product Costing Manager?

The primary responsibility of a Product Costing Manager is to ensure accurate cost analysis for products throughout their lifecycle, from development to production, in order to optimize costs, support pricing strategies, and drive profitability.

Who does the Product Costing Manager report to?

The Product Costing Manager reports to the Sr. Dir, Supply Chain Operations, and Global Sourcing at the Ariat Headquarters in San Leandro, California.

What teams does the Product Costing Manager collaborate with?

The Product Costing Manager collaborates closely with cross-functional teams, including finance, procurement, and manufacturing, to optimize costs and drive profitability for the products.

Where is the Product Costing Manager role based?

The Product Costing Manager role is based in the Ariat Headquarters in San Leandro California.

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Mission & Purpose

Ariat International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, apparel and belts. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into English riding boots and authentic Western boots. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world.