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Accounts Payable Clerk

CarsonSmurfit Kappa North America LLC

At Smurfit Kappa, we open up opportunities with forward-thinking customers by relentlessly applying our experience, expertise and ingenuity.

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 45,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 34 countries and with sales revenue of €8.1 bn in 2015. Smurfit Kappa’s worldwide headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland and has regional headquarters in Amsterdam (Europe) and Miami (the Americas).

Smurfit Kappa North America is part of the Smurfit Kappa Group and is a leading integrated paperboard and paper-based packaging manufacturer with multiple facilities in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico with approximately 4,000 employees in this region.

With our pro-active team we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers.

We collaborate with forward thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations.

This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills. Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

Are you ready to Open the Future?

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Overall purpose of the Job

To assist the Plant Controller in processing all invoices received for payment and for undertaking the payment of all creditors.

Reporting Line

Plant Controller


This position will be responsible for completing payments and controlling expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices.

Primary Duties

  • Process all intercompany payables

  • Receive invoices from vendors and create a journal entry

  • Create new vendors in the system and seek controller approval

  • Responsible for all forklift and office equipment lease vendors

  • Manage all utilities and temp labor vendors accounts

  • Control approvers for all departments

  • A/P processing and inquires

  • Manage all employee expense reports

  • Perform weekly check run

  • Maintain accounting ledgers by verifying and posting account transactions

  • Prepare analysis of accounts, as required

  • Prepare payments to vendor through wire transfers and checks

  • Assist in maintaining the FIN-CSA controls

  • Seek alternatives and ideas for improvement in the AP process

  • Participates in month-end financial close process

  • Assist with signed packaging slips/delivery receipts as requested

  • Prepare analysis of accounts as required

  • Front desk duties (answering phone etc.)

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, dealing with individuals at all levels

  • Superb mathematical & technical skills (knowledge of GAAP)

  • Able to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, volume, and net present value

  • Capable of evaluating financial alternatives and recognize and interpret financial trends and performance

  • Computer proficiency - Advance MS Office (Excel pivot tales and VLookup)

  • BA degree preferred with a major in Finance or Accounting

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of expereince in the field and manufacturing industry expereince preferred

Complexity and Creativity

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team across different departments/divisions

  • Capable of building strong relationships

  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

  • Attention to detail and proactive attitude

  • Applies analytical thinking

  • Capable of working under only general supervision

Judgment and Decision making

  • Reports sound organization’s finances to management supporting them in their decision making
  • Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Regularly exercises a significant degree of discretion and independent judgment

Supervisor Responsibility

This position does not involve any supervisory responsibilities

Physical Demands

To successfully perform the essential functions of this role it requires the ability to: stand occasionally, walk frequently, frequent use of hands (reach with hands and arms), view computer monitor, use telephone, speak and hear on a frequent basis. The role requires occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The Accounts Payable Clerk will have regular phone/fax/e-mail contact with colleagues (in California and Texas) and external vendors and providers. Based in Carson, Los Angeles, California.

If you …
• Enjoy challenges and opportunities to use your knowledge, skills and experience to support the strategic direction of the Company in a fast paced environment
• Are a change agent that wants to make a huge impact and add value to our Company’s initiatives
• Understand the value of integrity in all business relationships
• Want to join a “ family” atmosphere and work with an amazing group of people

…then you just might be the right candidate for this opportunity!

If you are ready to take the challenge, please apply below.  Smurfit Kappa North America LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEOC).

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