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Title:  Finance & Planning Manager

Requisition ID:  19471-159

West Monroe, LA, US, 71294

Category:  Accounting and Finance
Travel:  No Travel Required

MISSION / SUMMARY: This position supports the mill Controller. Analysis of actual and forecast/budget results, active involvement in mill projects and day-to-day accounting functions. Assist mill Controller and CI Manager with identifying areas of opportunity.

Required Skills

JOB FUNCTION: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Provide timely and accurate cost analysis, sound financial advice and counsel to mill management to assist in minimizing manufacturing costs and meeting mill objectives.  This includes an analysis of variances from budget and forecasts.
  • Assist the Controller in the preparation of the annual budget. This includes providing analysis and interpretation of financial and statistical data to operating management and by working closely with mill personnel to establish cost forecasts representing good normal operating conditions.
  • Responsible for preparing monthly outlook which includes understanding key issues within the mill and how they affect financial performance.
  • Responsible for key aspects of the month-end reporting.
  • Participate in the monthly closing process to ensure that accurate and timely information is provided for both corporate financial reporting and mill cost control.
  • Provide accounting support for all levels of the business.
  • Assist with the preparation and/or review of the financial analyses of proposed projects to permit sound business decisions and to evaluate the results of completed capital appropriations.
  • Monitor capital spending versus plan and forecast. Manage creation/retirement/inventory of capital projects.
  • Ensure application of established financial controls within area of responsibility by effective implementation and maintenance of financial policies/processes and instructions.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality performance by adopting a customer-based philosophy in the level of service provided.
  • Mentor, train, and lead financial specialists within the group.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Required Experience


  • Minimum of 7 years work experience which includes manufacturing operations and cost analysis and will have demonstrated strengths in analysis, planning and forecasting and interpersonal skills.
  • The incumbent should have a broad appreciation and understanding of finance, business management and the interrelationships among these disciplines, as well as thorough knowledge of cost accounting and general accounting operations.
  • Understanding and ability to implement necessary internal controls, including SOX experience.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting or related field is required.
  • An MBA or CPA will be considered a plus.



  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and organizational skills, detail orientation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with all levels of employees and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement creative solutions. Takes initiative and is self-directed.
  • High level of integrity to ensure accurate reporting of financial data.
  •  Can work independently without a great need of supervision.
  • Can manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Good communication skills and Proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • SAP knowledge a plus

Graphic Packaging International Inc. is an AA/EOE/ADA employer

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. 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 products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible 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

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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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

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