Clearwater Paper Corporation

  • VP Internal Audit

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    Location : Location
  • Overview

    Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) is a $1.7B manufacturer of quality consumer tissue, away from home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at its 11 manufacturing and converting locations across the nation. The VP, Internal Audit leads a team of two with a dual reporting relationship to the SVP, CFO and the Board of Directors Audit Committee.  The role brings an independent and disciplined approach in planning, executing, testing internal control measures for operational, IT, and compliance audits minimizing a publically traded company’s fiscal risk exposure.  The internal audit department functions as a critical linkage between the business and its external audit firm in evaluating and testing management controls and financial statement balances. A member of the Finance leadership team; this role collaborates across the enterprise in developing countermeasures both operationally and financially to minimize risk and to revise and update controls including the evolving technology landscape.


    Audit Leadership, Execution and Reporting

    • Plan, develop and execute audit plans aligned with Institute of Internal Audit Standards in all aspects of a manufacturing and commercially focused business inclusive of enabling functions (IT, HR, Finance, Procurement, etc.)
    • Lead development and communication of audit plans, audit findings, management action plans, and monitoring activities to the Audit Committee and internal business partners
    • Report on routine financial controls testing – SOX (Quarterly, Semi Annual, Annual) to CEO, CFO
    • Coordinate and manage critical partnerships (i.e. external audit firms) in support of external audit requirements
    • Maintain current education and awareness of evolving external factors impacting operational, financial, and technology reporting and control measures

    Organizational Leadership

    • Coach and develop team of internal auditors; support ongoing professional development consistent with Clearwater Paper values; promote positive employee relations
    • Communicate requirements (budget, resources, etc.) to CEO & CFO as well as BOD Audit Committee
    • Allocate resources, assigning and reviewing audit team’s work for standard conformance, budget, time schedules and commitments
    • Recommend, lead and support process improvements and collaborate with internal departments to bring about solutions that are operationally sustainable to ensure strong internal controls
    • Lead team in coordination with independent auditors to minimize external spend while achieving audit requirements
    • Collaborate companywide to train and inform functional and operational leaders at all levels in business risks and offer suggestions to mitigate risk




    Education & Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Business Administration required, Masters in Business Administration preferred
    • 5-7 years minimum of internal audit experience required
    • 10+ years functional experience; preference in manufacturing or public audit with manufacturing engagements
    • Experience interacting with Board of Directors, Audit Committee strongly preferred; must have prepared materials for BOD Audit Committee
    • Accounting or audit certifications strongly preferred (CIA, CPA, CISA)

    Skills & Abilities:

    • Strong understanding of critical financial business metrics and ability to analyze data
    • Demonstrated success in audit management in a highly collaborative environment to influence compliance and controls while building strong internal and external partnerships, coaching and guidance to varied stakeholders
    • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal); leading and presenting complex materials for various audiences
    • Current knowledge and proficiency with MS Office suite
    • Able to think strategically and act tactically; hands on leader and coach
    • Demonstrated strong change management skills



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