Clearwater Paper Corporation

  • Senior Internal Auditor

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  • Overview

    Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer partnerships through quality and service.


    At Clearwater Paper, we have made it a priority to build a clearly defined workplace culture that is consistent companywide. Key aspects of our culture include:

    • Clear values.  We embrace and practice integrity, openness and candor; environmental responsibility; a commitment to quality; and a focus on customers.
    • Continuous improvement. We believe there are always opportunities to raise the bar and get better.  We engage our employees in improving both the business and their performance.
    • Performance driven. We are focused on winning together and on delivering results.

    The Senior Internal Auditor is responsible for performing individual internal audit projects as part of the total internal audit plan. This responsibility includes developing internal audit scope, performing internal audit procedures, and preparing internal audit reports reflecting the results of the work performed. Work performed will include coverage of functional and operating units and focusing on financial, IT and operational processes. The Senior Internal Auditor also assists with periodic reporting to the audit committee, development of the annual internal audit plan, and championing internal control and corporate governance concepts throughout the business. The senior internal auditor will direct and review the work performed by other internal audit personnel.


    General audit duties

    • Assist supervisor with the department risk assessment process.
    • Assist supervisor in formulation of audit plan and audit schedule.
    • Plan audit procedures based on identified risks and objectives.
    • Perform and document audit procedures.
    • Communicate audit findings to supervisor and key company management.
    • Prepare summary reports of findings and relevant recommendations.
    • Advise management in strengthening control environment as appropriate.
    • Mentor less experienced staff.
    • Review work papers of other auditors for quality and for compliance with IIA Standards.
    • Maintain professional certification (CIA, CPA, CISA, CFE, etc).

    Sarbanes–Oxley internal control reviews

    • Plan the scope and timing of SOX testing with supervisor.
    • Evaluate key financial statement risks and identify related controls.
    • Plan audit procedures based on identified risks and controls.
    • Perform and document audit procedures.
    • Communicate audit findings to supervisor and key control owners.
    • Prepare summary reports of findings and relevant recommendations.
    • Advise management in strengthening control environment as appropriate.

    Year-end external audit assistance

    • Coordinate with external auditors regarding the planning, scope, and timing of direct assistance provided.
    • Execute the audit program under the authority and review of external auditors.
    • Prepare audit work papers documenting audit work performed.
    • Communicate audit findings to external auditor.

    Audit and accounting proficiency

    • Working knowledge of IIA auditing standards and COSO framework.
    • Working knowledge of ISACA auditing standards and COBIT framework.
    • Stay current with evolving issues and changes in compliance requirements with AICPA, SEC, PCAOB and other regulatory agencies.
    • Understand Clearwater Paper business segments and key accounting processes and financial systems.
    • Undergo continuing education in the areas of audit, SOX, IT auditing, and the pulp and paper, wood products and consumer paper products industries.


    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or related field, or equivalent.
    • CPA and/or CIA designation.
    • 2-5+ years years of public accounting and/or private industry experience with knowledge of accounting, finance and internal control areas.
    • Manufacturing and/or paper industry experience preferred.
    • Understanding of internal control concepts and experience in applying them to plan, perform, manage and report on the evaluation of various business processes/areas/functions.
    • Ability to work independently, with necessary direction and guidance, and provide appropriate direction to other internal audit project team members.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, to effectively present to peers and management.
    • Exhibit the leadership skills needed to sell ideas and obtain management buy-in for constructive change.
    • Understanding of internal auditing standards, COSO, and risk assessment practices.
    • Understanding of the technical aspects of accounting and financial reporting.
    • High level of integrity and ethics.
    • Good organizational skills.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
    • Working knowledge of JDE and WDesk preferred.
    • Ability to travel approximately 10%.


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