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Title:  Sr. Accounting Specialist

Requisition ID:  11806-159

Atlanta, GA, US, 30328

Category:  Accounting and Finance
Travel:  No Travel Required

Job Description:

Graphic Packaging International, Inc. (NYSE: GPK), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a leading provider of packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage and other consumer products companies. The Company is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and holds a leading market position in coated-unbleached kraft and coated-recycled board. The Company's customers include some of the most widely recognized companies in the world. Our vision -- to provide packaging solutions that improve the world in which we live -- can be achieved by delivering value to our customers, building a high performance culture for our employees, creating superior returns for our shareholders, and being an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities in which we operate. Graphic Packaging has approximately 13,500 employees working in more than 50 locations in North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefit programs that are among the best in the industry to reward the talented people who make our company successful. We invite you to review the following employment opportunity and to learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.


Perform accounting functions requiring thorough knowledge of general accounting methods, principles and practices and a broad understanding of a corporate organization.  Develops and implements solutions to daily accounting issues and prepares accurate and timely financial reports and statements.  Assist with the preparation of SEC filings including 10-Qs and 10-Ks. Assist with the research and implementation of new accounting standards and update policies accordingly.  Perform research in support of various transactions or proposed transactions.

Critical Outcomes:

  • Perform the accounting and monthly close process for assigned activities (i.e. Fixed Assets, rebates, revenue recognitions, cash discounts, pensions, investments etc.).
  • Provide timely and accurate reconciliations for assigned balance sheet accounts.
  • Prepare supporting schedules and analysis for monthly, quarterly and annual reporting.  Ensure the continuous review and implementation of effective internal controls and accounting systems and processes.
  • Analyze monthly GAAP financial statements in a timely and accurate manner.  These include the income statement, balance sheet, cash flow and various flux analyses.
  • Prepare external reporting requirements – Form 10-Q and Form 10-K, including management’s discussion and analysis; footnotes and other support.
  • Assist in performing technical accounting research in support of various transactions or proposed transactions.
  • Assist in maintaining and updating company policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with the external independent auditors.


  • Degree in Accounting, CPA preferred
  • Minimum of 4 - 6 years of work experience which includes general accounting, corporate accounting, reporting and SEC reporting and knowledge of US GAAP and related interpretation
  • Public accounting experience preferred
  • Manufacturing industry experience preferred but not required
  • People or project management
  • Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley 404
  • Consolidations (HFM) and SAP

Required Skills:

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, detail orientated, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interpret numerical results into business impacts and drivers.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and database software.
  • Work involves confidential and sensitive information.  Discretion is essential.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with all levels of employees and management.
  • High level of integrity and values to ensure accurate reporting of financial data.


  • Action-Oriented– Enjoys working hard and is a self-starter; is action-oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of amount of planning or instruction and oversight; seizes more opportunities than others.
  • Intellectual Curiosity – Is bright and intelligent; deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; described as intellectually sharp, capable, and agile.
  • Priority Setting – Spends time on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical and puts the trivial aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
  • Organizing– Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently; arranges information and files in a useful manner.
  • Problem Solving – Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers
  • Dealing with Ambiguity – Can effectively cope with change of responsibilities and priorities quickly and is adaptable and flexible; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Customer Focus – Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customer in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Organization Agility – Knowledgeable about how organizations work; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network; understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures; understands the cultures of organizations.
  • Integrity and Trust– Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.

Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.

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