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Accounting Specialist


International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. In Russia, we have a 50/50 joint venture, Ilim Group, the country's largest integrated manufacturer of pulp and paper. Additional information can be found by visiting


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, Oregon Box 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 Finance, including: Intercompany  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 corporate entries for accuracy, and provides documentation to corporate Finance team to support entries.
  • Responsible for Key Metrics 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. Purchase Order go to for direction on problem resolution. Purchasing Card/Website Purchasing.
  • A/R – assist Controller with monitoring process. Past Due items, Customer Service Representative support/training resource, work with Regional & National Credit Analysts, Bill Of Lading – Proof Of Delivery requests.
  • Billing- review and file daily billing, Bill Of Lading, non-commodity invoices.
  • Rollstock – reconcile daily transactions, validate results. Cycle count verifications and Physical Inventory adjustment.
  • Finished Goods/Work In Process – 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.



  • 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 is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Portland  OR  97230



Portland, OR, US, 97230

Category:  Finance
Date:  Feb 6, 2023

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