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Oakland, CA Requisition Number: 12-510
As a leading U.S domestic carrier with over a century of service, Matson’s expertise in providing a full array of transportation services is among the best in the industry. Matson’s core values embrace a commitment to quality and service combined with a passionate vision to shape the future for our customers, community and within the transportation and logistics market.
Position Summary:
This is an experienced role accountable for contributing analysis, independent judgment and financial expertise to the Technical and Marine Engineering and Facilities & Equipment Engineering groups to ensure that all major projects and expenditures are thoroughly evaluated. This position is intended to guide the Directors of Technical & Marine Engineering and Facilities & Equipment Engineering, and present financial analysis and oversight that facilitates decisions, improves financial planning, identifies cost efficient alternatives and ensures compliance with Company policy.
Specific accountabilities:

  • Support the development of appropriate dry-dock budgets to assist in selecting shipyards. Audit all dry docking invoices and back-up, as well as accompanying purchase and service orders.  The audit will include a review of compliance with Company policy with respect to such things as vendor selection, competitive bidding, shipyard credits, appropriateness of services and sufficient description and itemization of invoices.

  • Conduct cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of alternatives associated with making decisions for significant operational issues such as shipyard selection, voyage repair planning, vessel layup berthing alternatives and other significant operational decision analysis where multiple alternatives are available.

  • Works with Senior Manager Operations Division Analysis, and Directors of Technical & Marine Engineering and Facilities & Equipment Engineering to develop annual operating budgets. Initiate financial analysis of YTD expenses and previous years' actual M&R costs, consumable, and G&A to develop annual operating budgets.

  • Investigates variances and forecasts vessel operating, vessel engineering, and container equipment maintenance expenses. 

  • Provide financial analysis to the Engineering department to assist it in better understanding YTD spending and to forecast year end spending.

  • Develop and provide Engineering department with monthly (or as required) financial reports that are designed to provide them with better understanding regarding areas where they are over/under budget.

  • Oversees accurate ongoing accounting of dry docking, new builds and other capital projects. 

  • Guide the Phoenix accounting group to ensure accuracy of all financial reports. This is to include ensuring correct coding, researching expenses that require additional explanation, and reconciliation of expenses in NS5 as compared to Matson's accounting software.

  • Perform other tasks as directed by the Senior Manager Operations Division Analysis.

  • Some travel or shipboard visits for vessel-related expenses or projects. Long hours of work when necessary to meet deadlines.

  • Weekly cost inputs and invoice processing. Provide budget review, variance analysis and GL reconciliation. Monthly, provide current year and one year outlook for costs. 

  • Responsible for annual CEM budget preparation in conjunction with Matson China and West Coast offices. 

  • In conjunction with Corporate Accounting, monthly provide fuel cost input for Ops Monthly Report. 

  • Miscellaneous invoice coding and payment processing for CEM-related CER’s and projects. 

  • Provide ad hoc GL and spending inquiries.

Other Accountabilities

  • Assists with Operations Division projects.

  • Provides analytical assistance to Vessel Operations department.

  • Takes ownership of financial reports and budgets in NS5.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting from four-year college or university, or equivalent work experience.

  • 7 or more years of accounting/finance experience, preferably 3 or more years in the maritime industry. Knowledge of container shipping operations and engineering preferred.

  • Senior professional level knowledge of accounting practices, accounts payable/receivable, budgeting, business plan development and expense forecasting. An in-depth knowledge of accounting theory, accounting policies, processes and procedures; has good understanding of GAAP accounting.

  • Ability to analyze accounting transactions, develops business plans, budgeting, and expense forecasting. Understanding of financial statements. 

  • Accounting software; Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software, Word processing software.

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, particularly in Excel. Ability to create and analyze complex Excel workbooks for formulating budgets and undergoing cost analysis. 

Other required competencies:

  • Conflict Management – Steps up to conflict as an opportunity to find common ground and get cooperation, settling differences equitably.

  • Integrity and Trust – Can represent the facts and unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner. Conducts him/her self in manner that engenders trust.

  • Effective use of Technical Skill/Knowledge – Uses knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

  • Adaptability - Adapt to changes in the work environment; Manage competing demands without conflict; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time.

  • Dependability – Develops and follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Completes tasks on time.

  • Initiative/Education - Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed; Takes initiative to provide organization with a better way to do business. Works independently with little need for supervision.

  • Project Management/Management – Good project management skills are essential. Completes projects and assignments on time, interacts with managers and supervisors in other departments to insure that key data is analyzed, is accurate and that results are delivered on time. 

  • Written & Oral Communications:  Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.  Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar;

  • Presents numerical data effectively. 

Relocation Available: N

Matson offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. In addition we believe in fostering an environment where career development and enhancement is paramount to the company’s success. If this is of interest to you and your background is a match for this opportunity, please submit a resume to us at

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