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Baxter Plant Controller in Cleveland, Mississippi

Plant Controller

Req # JR - 037221

Location Cleveland, Mississippi, United States

Job Category Finance

Date posted 03/31/2021

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Baxter’s products and therapies are found in almost every hospital worldwide, in clinics and in the home. For over 85 years, we have pioneered significant medical innovations that transform healthcare.

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Responsible for leading all operations accounting and finance activities for Baxter's manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Mississippi. This role is a key member of the facility’s Senior Leadership Team. Included is providing proactive decision support, financial expertise, and solutions to help the plant achieve objectives. Implement policies and procedures for reporting and internal controls, as well as leading the team in completion of reporting and planning requirements. Owner of financial results.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Partner across the plant to drive cost improvements and achieve financial objectives.

  • Lead the comprehensive Manufacturing Plant planning and reporting processes - quarterly forecasts, operating plans, monthly spending analysis, and weekly estimates to plans / forecasts.

  • Provide proactive leadership for all operating forecast and estimate updates throughout the year as well as the annual operating plan and strategic plan.

  • Work cross-functionally to identify and develop actions to recover financial misses.

  • Lead compliance with internal controls, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Baxter Financial Policies and Procedures.

  • Ensure that decision support services are provided to other departments.

  • Provide financial modeling / business decision support on all plant investments and new business initiatives

  • Manage and Develop finance staff

  • Support plant capacity, VIP initiatives, and capital spending reviews / analysis

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Demonstration of key finance competencies and leadership capabilities with 8 or more years of experience.

  • Strong business acumen and judgment as well as understanding of relevant business environment.

  • Ability to effectively influence and drive consensus with diverse stakeholders; demonstrated ability to manage multiple, competing priorities.

  • Experience leading cost accounting, financial reporting and budgeting / forecasting activities

  • Experience with managing and developing others

  • Decisive leadership, with ability to generate ideas, develop alternatives, rapidly decide upon best course of action and drive implementation of that decision.

  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal communication, collaboration, and presentation skills.

  • Comfortable working in ERP software (JDE) and experience in Excel, Power Point, Word

  • Knowledge of GAAP accounting principles

Key Finance Competencies:

  • Business Performance Management

  • Financial Analysis and Decision Support

  • Business Process and Data Management

  • Risk Management


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance (or country equivalent).

  • CPA and/or MBA preferred.

  • Demonstration of key finance competencies and qualifications and typically 8 or more years of experience with emphasis in cost accounting and budgeting.

Other Duties as Assigned:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Overtime is worked as required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations

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