Inventory Accountant

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Inventory accountants are responsible for tracking and managing the inventory of a company. They commonly work with physical goods such as raw materials, finished products, or other supplies that are used to create a product or service.

Inventory accountants use their knowledge of accounting principles to ensure that all transactions related to inventory are properly recorded in an organization’s financial records. This includes recording purchases of new inventory items, receiving these items into inventory storage areas, moving them to production areas when needed, and finally disposing of them when they become obsolete.

Inventory Accountant Job Duties
Inventory accountants have a wide range of responsibilities, which can include:

Reviewing purchase orders for accuracy and ensuring that they have been approved by the appropriate department head or manager
Calculating cost of goods sold by using methods such as first in first out (FIFO) or last in first out (LIFO)
Calculating inventory turnover ratios by dividing costs of goods sold by average inventory balances
Monitoring inventory levels to ensure they are within acceptable ranges
Ensuring that all inventory transaction details are recorded accurately in an accounting system
Reporting on inventory levels, costs, and turnover rates to management
Calculating cost of goods sold by using methods such as average cost, FIFO, LIFO, or average market price
Verifying inventory counts and recording adjustments to inventory levels for items that have been used, damaged, or lost
Determining methods for recording inventory transactions such as physical counts, perpetual systems, or estimates based on previous usage rates

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