International Paper Accounting Specialist in PORTLAND BOX, Oregon

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global leader in packaging and paper with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and uncoated papers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 65,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide.

International Paper’s vision is to be one of the best and most respected companies in the world. A company of substance in everything we do, from the products we make, to investing in communities, to protecting our environment, International Paper supports communities where our employees live and work.


The Accounting Specialist is responsible for a variety of routine and some non-routine clerical/accounting functions in accordance with standard procedures in one or more of the following areas: payroll, general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable or a related financial area. This position is based at our Portland Box, Oregon, facility and reports to the Controller.


  • Perform daily financial activities of the plant.

  • Ensure accurate and timely processing of daily, weekly, and monthly responsibilities and reports.

  • Assist in other accounting duties such as balancing books, processing payments, and reconciling freight.

  • Prepares and performs weekly payroll functions through Workbrain. Maintains Workbrain parameters.

  • Local Reporting (Daily). Prepare, Review and Investigate prior to distribution.

  • Maintains conformance to internal control systems.

  • Completes monthly closing entries and reconciliations.

  • Responsible for month end closing activities to support GFS including: ICC Accounting, Reclassification entries, balance sheet review, and other month end support including P & L review. Understands the P & L and Balance Sheet, and able to assist Controller is a key role in this position.

  • Reviews GFS entries for accuracy, and provides documentation to GFS to support entries.

  • Responsible for SKF Tracking and Upload for month end activities.

  • Supports reconciliations and review of physical inventories.

  • Contacting other departments and/or outside agencies to resolve problems.

  • Assisting in budgeting preparation and control activities.

  • Interacts and communicates effectively with external and internal customers.

  • Must be able to identify and surface issues, including variances that do not meet standard practices.

  • Must be able to support the Plant General Manager’s Analysis/Reporting requests, which includes running basic reports, utilizing Excel for analysis, and must be able to understand what looks correct and where verification is coming from.

  • A/P – limited Processing, NOPO Web, Freight/Utility Invoices. PINS/PO go to for direction on problem resolution. PCard/Website Purchasing.

  • A/R – assist Controller with monitoring process. Past Due items, CSR support/training resource, work with Regional & National Credit Analysts, BOL – POD requests.

  • Billing- review and file daily billing, BOL, non-commodity invoices.

  • Rollstock – reconcile daily transactions, validate results. Cycle count verifications and Physical Inventory adjustment.

  • FG/WIP – Monitoring. Cycle count verification, 3rd Party Outsourced product tracking.

  • Provides administrative support, including: phone coverage, HR backup, records retention, manage office supply levels.

  • All other duties assigned.


  • Two to three years accounting experience or equivalent related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Excellent communication skills (listening, writing, and speaking) required.

  • Attention to detail, and ability to analyze, problem solve and make good decisions.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is required. Experience working with Workbrain, Kiwi and/or SAP is a plus.

  • Excellent time management skills, and able to work both independently and in a team environment.

  • Ability to handle details accurately.

  • Ability to work overtime if needed during month-end closing, which is typically one or two hours per month.


  • Action Oriented

  • Priority Setting

  • Functional/Technical Skills

  • Integrity & Trust

  • Customer Focused

  • Self-Motivated

  • Innovative

  • Open minded--ability to accept and work through change

International Paper offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance, vacation as well as a 401(k) plan and retirement savings account. This is a great opportunity to start a career with a dynamic and proven manufacturer in the packaging industry.

International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans