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Site Director

Req #: 18000064_en
Location: Cleveland, MS US
Job Category: Manufacturing
Date Posted: 1/2/2018 4:12:42 PM
Baxter International


Site Director
Baxter International
Cleveland, MS

About Baxter

Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; surgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services.

The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries.

Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.


Job Description:

The Site Director is accountable for planning, organizing and controlling the manufacturing and support activities at a manufacturing facility to produce quality products on time and competitively in compliance with regulatory requirements.  Ensures all team members perform work with a focus on optimizing safety, quality, service and cost.  May at times, be requested by senior leaders to assist in recovery or transformational efforts at other plants throughout network.


  • Select, motivate and lead leaders who are responsible for all production, facility distribution & logistics, support operations, quality and EHS at the facility which may operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day.  Define and execute budget and schedules and meet daily, monthly, quarterly and annual plans for key performance indicators. 
  • Drive continuous improvement of site operations through a formal program, resources, metrics and accountability. 
  • Responsible for recruiting, selecting and motivating leaders to lead the various aspects of the operation.  Assess, develop and manage top talent to engage and retain team members and meet business objectives.  Assess key strengths and skill gaps of the talent pipeline.  Lead, motivate and coach direct reports to do the same.
  • Lead strategic efforts on operations planning.  Directly responsible for oversight and direction for operations area.
  • Partner with commercial team on developing portfolio life cycle management program.
  • Drive execution of CAPEX needs to support business as well as expansion opportunities.
  • Liaise with procurement for alignment and optimization of raw materials and cost profiles; accountable for delivering quality parts in a timely manner at the most competitive cost to the Corporation.
  • Liaise with R&D to create new product development plans and ensure adequate support of NPD program to achieve target launch dates.
  • Direct the development and establishment of essential technical manufacturing processes to accommodate the introduction of new products into the facility.  Ensure use of standard equipment and processes as defined by the corporate engineering group.
  • Interact regularly with senior management on matters concerning functional areas and/or customers.  Frequently interact with other plant managers and technology groups within the Corporation and contract vendors outside the Corporation.
  • Responsible for plant’s compliance with all regulatory policies. Determine plant policies consistent with Corporate requirements.
  • Create a culture within the plant to maintain compliance with Environment, Health & Safety requirements and a zero-harm workplace
  • Contribute to improvement of overall cluster performance by participating in various network-wide best practice development, deployment, standardization, continuous improvement and mentoring others in domain area of knowledge.



  • Must exhibit mature leadership and successful execution in a complex operational environment. 
  • Must have ability to make proper trade-offs to balance operational execution across production, quality, safety, customer delivery and financial metrics. 
  • Will be required to report operational performance monthly and take actions to address misses.  Must establish communication operation mechanism to keep senior leadership informed of both leading and lagging performance and act to address.
  • Ability to manage programs across technical, commercial and operational groups’ successful launches of new products, product changes and other growth plans for the business. 
  • Requires the ability to change the thinking of or gain acceptance of others in sensitive situations.
  • Strong situational leadership skills.
  • Proven track record of assessing, developing and managing talent to benefit professional growth and meet business objectives.
  • Proven track record of interpersonal and leadership skills with ability to interface well with other departments, and lead effectively and efficiently in a team environment.
  • Operating knowledge of various functions within the plant and lean manufacturing, green or black belt certification preferred.
  • Ability to travel
  • Experience in regulated medical drugs and devices environments, high volume manufacturing of fluid-based products, plastics manufacturing, biologics/chemical manufacturing processes a plus.
  • Demonstrated success performing within a large, matrixed, global manufacturing organization required. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, Supply Chain or related field required. MBA preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in manufacturing function(s) and 4 years’ experience in plant manufacturing operation of a facility.



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
Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an e-mail to Americas_TTA@baxter.com and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.



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