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Associate Plant Accountant

Company: Packaging Corporation of America
Location: San Bernardino
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Job Description:

As a Fortune 500 company, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) is an ideas and solutions company. Our corrugated packaging business seeks to be the leader in helping our customers - large and small - package, transport and display products of all kinds. Our white paper business delivers Paper With Purpose by providing the highest level of customer service and operational excellence. We have approximately 15,000 team members in more than 100 locations in the United States that strive to meet the local needs of our customers. Our mission is to serve the needs of our customers, today and tomorrow, with products and services that exceed expectations for performance and environmental responsibility.

People --- Customers --- Trust

The Associate Plant Accountant is responsible for performing general accounting activities for the plant. Ensure day-to-day maintenance of a complete and accurate general ledger, prepare basic financial reports, and analyze and report any variances.


Complete accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year-end close processes, including the preparation of estimates and accruals.

Identify and report accounting discrepancies and irregularities.

Help ensure compliance with financial policies and procedures including PCA's SOX 404 Key Controls.

Engage in general accounting activities including the accurate and complete preparation, maintenance and reconciliation of general ledger accounts and financial reports, such as balance sheets, profit-loss statements, and capital expenditure reports.

Prepare periodic reports that compare forecast costs to actual costs.

Follow up on customer accounts including customer credit issuances and collection activity.

Ensure accurate processing of hourly payroll and related payroll/employee functions. Confirm all payroll transactions comply with company policies, as well as all state and federal requirements.

Prepare accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.


Education equivalent to bachelor's Degree in accounting or finance or equivalent work experience.

Strong working knowledge of computer systems such as Microsoft Office preferably with exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Experience with financial systems for invoicing, accounts payable, payroll, and general ledger required.

Solid understanding and working knowledge of standard financial/accounting procedures, GAAP concepts and principles, and internal control.


Previous work experience in a business office/accounting department with exposure to general ledger, payroll, and/or invoicing, credit/collections, accounts payable functions is preferred.

Previous experience in the manufacturing sector, containerboard and corrugated packaging industry preferred.


Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle numerous details, deadlines, and requests.

Ability to work in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment, prioritize assignments, and handle multiple projects and/or requests concurrently.

Strong analytical skills with the ability to handle detail-oriented tasks and review multiple documents and reports.

Solid written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to network and build relationships with individuals of various experience and corporate positions.

Strong listening, evaluating, and organizational skills.

Previous experience working in a team environment preferred, or a strong understanding of the importance of open communication and information sharing among co-workers.

All qualified applicants must apply at to be considered.

PCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Keywords: Packaging Corporation of America, San Bernardino , Associate Plant Accountant, Professions , San Bernardino, California

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