Controller Trainee

Location: St. Louis, MO, United States
Date Posted: 08-09-2018
What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it.

**The location for the Controller Trainee position is yet to be determined, based on the company’s need.**

Under the day to day supervision of the site controller, the Controller Trainee is part of a division-wide finance training effort designed to provide a structured yet flexible environment in which the Trainee is exposed to all aspects of the Container business via formal courses, multi-site on-the-job training, special projects and one-on-one feedback from the leadership of the NAC Finance group.

The Trainee is generally one of two exempt salaried financial personnel at the manufacturing site.  The Finance Team at the facility generally also includes non-exempt personnel, providing an excellent managerial training and leadership opportunity for the Trainee at the appropriate developmental phase.

While actively engaged in developing the skills needed to successfully transition to a position of increasing responsibility within the Finance organization, the Controller Trainee will also support the plant controller, plant general manager, region controller and NAC division staff.  Primary areas of focus include internal controls (safeguarding company assets); preparing financial statements in conformity with professional, regulatory, and company procedures; supplying timely and meaningful analytic data that measures business results and provides useful insights to management; identifying opportunities and recommending solutions to business problems; and supervising, training and developing best practices in the accounting staff.

The qualifications and expectations for candidates to the Controller Trainee program will vary with the individual.  Generally, candidates will spend up to three years in the program, depending on work experience.
  • Education – Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration with a minimum of 12 hours of accounting
  • Self-starter with excellent written, oral, and listening skills
  • The ability to work effectively with others and participate on teams
  • Geographic flexibility
  • Ability to eventually travel up to 50% during the training period
  • Ability to work in a manufacturing environment
  • Candidates should have 2 years experience in an accounting or finance role
  • Experience with a converting facility or related role is preferred but not required
  • General and cost accounting, including financial close processes and financial statement preparation
  • Internal controls identification, maintenance, development and assessment
  • Analytical & financial skills including budgeting, forecasting, key performance measures, working capital management and special projects
  • Information systems use, oversight and management.
  • Knowledge of sales & marketing and distribution processes
  • Knowledge of quality improvement and manufacturing processes (root cause analysis and corrective action recommendations)
The following managerial competencies should be present in some form for a candidate to be considered for the program:
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Basic Accounting and Controls
  • Financial Concepts
  • Standard Costs
  • SAP Working Knowledge
  • Customer Focus
  • Organizing and Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Action oriented
  • Drive For Results
*Note:  Candidates must be willing to relocate.

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