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Audra

Benefits Specialist


Why did I join Smurfit Kappa?

Through acquisition, I’ve been given the opportunity to work for an international company with key principles and core values similar to my own.


My career path with the company

Working for a company that focuses on its employees has provided me with many opportunities to continue to grow in both my personal growth and professional career path.  I started working as an HR Assistant at the U.S. paper mill. With help from the Educational Assistance Program, I was able to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Management and promote into the Benefits Specialist role over all U.S. benefits. In addition to becoming professionally certified in Human Resource Management (PHR), I am also pursuing a certification in Employee Benefits and look forward to continuing to provide outstanding service to employees.  

What I am currently working on?

I am currently working on benefit strategies in response to health care reform due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the Unites States. PPACA will impact health plan enrollment and across the board plan costs with the upcoming exchange program. I am also working on communications in regard to the fund line-up changes to our 401(k) defined contribution plan, as well as employee education meetings.

What has been the most rewarding experience at Smurfit Kappa?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is that I am able to assist employees and their families in better understanding their company sponsored benefit plans, allowing them to make informed choices.

What does one working week look like?

My work week can vary based on the projects that I am working on and the urgency of the matter. In any typical week, I communicate with employees and their families, outside vendors and customers, as well as departmental teams. Working in a service role is fast paced and has taught me to expect the unexpected, which makes my work week both interesting and rewarding. 

What does the future hold?

I look forward to my future with Smurfit Kappa and continued growth in my professional career development.  Working with an international company will offer exposure to learning new skills and developing relationships across different cultures.

What advice would you give someone considering joining Smurfit Kappa?

Integrity, teamwork, leadership, and innovation are key factors in working at Smurfit Kappa. If you are willing to put in hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with personal growth opportunities and a supportive and challenging work environment. 

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