Audit Associate

Date: Mar 5, 2023

Location: Lake Zurich, IL, US, 60047

Company: accobrands

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Essential brands. Innovative products. Smart investment. Winning team. This is what you will find at ACCO Brands. We are passionate about building a culture that is committed to the success of our employees. If you are looking for an organization that offers rewarding opportunities and is dedicated to team orientation, learning and development, and flourishes with success, we invite you to be a part of building our company for the future.

Job Summary

ACCO Brands is seeking an Audit Associate within our global Audit Services team based in Lake Zurich, IL. Candidate will be responsible for working independently, or within teams, on operational audits, compliance activities (SOX) and other activities, such as advisory process reviews. The Audit Associate will develop an understanding of key business processes, perform test procedures, recommend corrective actions, and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. A successful candidate should demonstrate initiative, critical thinking, time management skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders.

Benefits and Perks:

•    Education assistance program available
•    CPA/CIA reimbursement program available (review course and exam fees)
•    Competitive pay, health plans, paid time off, 401k match, and more
•    Team events (games/activities, charity fundraisers, etc.)
•    Opportunity to travel internationally (Europe, Asia, South America, Australia)
•    Hybrid schedule on non-travel weeks (ability to work from home 2-3 days per week) 


•    Assist with operational audit engagements (e.g., manufacturing, distribution center, order to cash, purchase to pay, payroll, and financial audits), which includes planning, executing, directing, and completing audits timely
•    Proactively interact with key business unit management to gather information, review processes for efficiency and effectiveness, resolve problems, and make recommendations for business and process improvements
•    Acquire a working knowledge of ACCO’s business including a solid understanding of the manufacturing, distribution, and commercial sales/marketing processes
•    Research and analyze financial statement and operational audit related issues
•    Develop an understanding of the Institute of Internal Auditors International Professional Practices Framework (“IPPF”) 
•    Employ a thorough understanding of generally accepted auditing standards and common audit procedures and techniques
•    Complete management testing of ACCO’s internal controls in support of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance
•    Perform other job-related duties as necessary
•    Up to 25-35% travel, including international and domestic locations (some audits/projects will be performed remotely)


•    Two to four years recent work experience as an auditor or accountant at a public accounting firm or internal audit department
•    Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Office software programs, including Excel
•    Solid understanding of business processes and the inherent risks of the processes 
•    Strong analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
•    Strong team player, and ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment
•    Professionalism, dependability, integrity, and trustworthiness combined with a cooperative attitude
•    Highly motivated self-starter with ability to multitask and complete assignments within time constraints and deadlines
•    Strong organizational skill and attention to detail

Preferred, but not required:

•    CPA or CIA certification (or currently working towards it)
•    Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, German or Polish
•    SOX testing experience
•    Experience with a manufacturing or distribution company
•    Data analytics experience or data mining experience 
•    Advanced degree

About Us:

You know our brands. You love our brands. You just may not know they are ours.

If you have touched a PowerA® gaming controller, a Five Star® notebook, a Swingline® stapler, a Quartet® dry erase board, or a Kensington® computer mouse, you have touched part of ACCO Brands Corporation. With annual revenues of over $2 Billion, ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO) designs, markets, manufactures and sells branded academic, consumer and business products globally. The power of our brands, our unmatched global customer reach, and our strategic market strengths put us in a position to achieve global leadership and growth. We're proud of our long history of industry leadership and innovation and are focused on delivering exceptional value to our customers by providing unique, cutting-edge, branded products.

Apply and build a successful future with ACCO Brands.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

At ACCO Brands, we are committed to providing an environment of fairness and mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and team members without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, physical and mental disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. ACCO Brands believes that a diverse and inclusive work environment is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.



Accommodation for applicants with disabilities will be provided in all parts of the recruiting process as required under the ACCO Brands Canada AODA policy.  Applicants are asked to make their needs known in advance.

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