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Packaging Corporation of America

Accounting Associate-A/P


All Production

Full Time

On Site


Lake Forest, Illinois, United States

Accounting Associate-A/P
Lake Forest, IL 60045, USA Req #6610
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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:

This position is responsible for processing vendor payments for Corporate and Divisional departments. Printing vendor checks, responding to plant and vendor inquiries related to all accounts payable processed for the company and assist in the preparation of government filings (including 1099 reporting). Also included is assistance with the processing of customer volume rebate payments, bank reconciliations, audit compliance, filing of hard copy documents and record retention as required. Matching reports daily. This position processes approximately five accounts payable batches per week. PCA issues approximately 200-1000 vendor checks per day and receives approximately 70 accounts payable batch transmissions from plant locations daily.

As a member of the Accounts Payable department, the Accounting Associate is responsible for knowing and following policies and procedures of the company; for sharing information that would benefit other members of the team; and for finding ways to improve the delivery of service to our customers. The Accounting Associate is expected to continually strive to strengthen our business philosophy of meeting needs and exceeding expectations for our customers. This includes supporting our Commitment to Service which involves doing what is right for our customers, focusing on strategies that add value and support growth, and ensuring job requirements are consistently met.


This is a high-volume department which processes approximately 200-1000 supplier checks per day for corporate cost centers and our plants/field. In addition, the department is responsible for annual tax compliance forms and provide documentation to the business as needed for audits, monthly account closing, and support system initiatives as directed by our IT project team.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Batch and process accounts payable payment authorizations via data entry ensuring accuracy, including adequate payment back up, approvals, vendor codes, discount terms and general ledger distribution. It is critical this individual understands the key
  • Print daily check runs, segregate payments requiring special handling and distribute accordingly. At times, the check requests may require the need to void and re-do if there are errors.
  • Process requests to void invoices.
  • General housekeeping which includes resolving help desk tickets, email support, general batch filing, distribute daily incoming mail
  • Intercompany invoice research and distribution throughout the month to assist in proper re-class on the ledger.
  • Research outstanding checks using on-line treasury functions provide proof of payment by copy of cancelled checks.
  • Assure compliance with the PCA record retention policies.
  • Assist with the year-end preparation of 1099 tax forms and corrections for state and federal filings.
  • Know and follow policies and procedures of the company, share information that would benefit other members of the team and find ways to improve the delivery of service to our customers.
  • Strive to continually strengthen PCA’s business philosophy of meeting needs and exceeding expectation for customers specifically supporting PCA’s Commitment to Service which involves doing what’s right for our customers, focusing on strategies that add value and support growth, and keeping the promises that we make.

Position Requirements:

  • Equivalent to a high school diploma or business college graduate. Some college preferred.
  • Two to three years of previous work experience in corporate accounts payable job function with direct relation to the job responsibilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to network and build relationships with individuals of various experience and corporate levels.
  • Above average written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate to multiple audiences and purposes.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work within a team environment and with a significant number of PCA employees at plants and directly with suppliers.
  • Previous experience using a large-scale ERP such as OracleCloud, JD Edwards, AS/400.
  • Solid working knowledge of PC applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple requests simultaneously.
  • Strong listening, evaluating, and problem-solving skills. Ability to create alternative solutions and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work overtime as required by the daily/weekly workload and during month end.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Must be able to travel as necessary and possess a valid U.S. driver's license.


All qualified applicants must apply at [Register to View] to be considered.

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

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