Staff Auditor II

Lake Forest, IL

Req #8768
Posted: 10/04/23
Salary: $62,000.00-$78,000.00 per year

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

Position Summary:

The Staff Auditor will have 1 to 3 years of applicable experience and work in a team environment, to perform a variety of analytical, process documentation and analysis, and auditing procedures.  The individual works to ensure the financial reporting and compliance objectives are met and evaluates if processes have adequate internal controls.  The Staff Auditor will identify potential process and control improvement opportunities including elimination of non-value-added steps and controls.  In this role, the individual will have internal contacts with various levels of administrative and management personnel.  Extensive use of verbal and written communication is required.    


Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for project and time management for all aspects of individual audits including execution and documentation
  • Serves as team member on financial, operational, compliance, and integrated audits at the corporate offices, paper mills, and box plants
  • Creates well organized and complete audit evidence and documentation in a manner consistent with department standards and to support conclusions reached
  • Participates in process and project level risk assessments to identify significant risks and the related controls
  • Prepares process documentation, including flow charts and narratives
  • Assists in or leads the development of test steps designed to evaluate adequacy and effectiveness of identified controls
  • Participates in department meetings by providing project updates and conducts training on selected topics
  • Provides independent verification of compliance with statutory requirements and similar regulations including SOX, FCPA, etc.
  • Partners with functional business partners and the external audit team to analyze and evaluate control deficiencies, remediation plans and the impact to the financial statements
  • Prepares, reviews, and discusses written reports to all levels of management and recommends corrective actions in conjunction with project lead and/or manager
  • Reviews process documentation and perform walkthroughs and test of controls over financial reporting to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404
  • Makes recommendations for systems operations and process improvement
  • Communicates with client personnel from various departments and locations and participates in or leads project opening, status, and closing meetings
  • Completes assigned audit project(s) in accordance with PCA’s audit methodology
  • Serves as a project lead on occasion and is responsible for daily management of project
  • Provides supervision, guidance and training for newer staff auditors
  • Possesses moderately advanced accounting, auditing, and industry knowledge and increases knowledge by attending training and closely following technical literature, best practice, and industry trends
  • Ensures professionalism and independence and the constant appearance of professionalism and independence
  • Handles basic issues and problems and works with a manager, project lead, or audit supervisor, as applicable, on more complex concerns, issues, and decisions
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • This position may require travel to various PCA locations within the United States.

Position Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge in the areas of accounting/finance, business, or systems obtained through an undergraduate degree in one or more of fields below.
  • Requires an undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, economics, or acceptable equivalent.  Dual degrees and advanced degrees are strongly encouraged. 

All qualified applicants must apply at to be considered.

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