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Finance Manager

Req #: JR - 117758 Location: Lessines, Wallonia, Belgium Job Category: Finance Date posted: 04/23/2024


This is where your insights influence change. As a member of the Baxter Finance team, you have the critical thinking and analytical mindset that allows you to translate data into meaningful, actionable insights that help teams learn and adapt along the way. We guide our internal partners to understand financial opportunities or realities that move Baxter forward and closer to our mission to save and sustain lives. While you often work independently with your cross-functional team, you always have the greater finance organization to lean on for support and career mentoring.

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Finance Manager

This is where you save and sustain lives

At Baxter, we are deeply connected by our mission. No matter your role at Baxter, your work makes a positive impact on people around the world. You'll feel a sense of purpose throughout the organization, as we know our work improves outcomes for millions of patients.

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.

Together, we create a place where we are happy, successful and inspire each other. This is where you can do your best work.

Join us at the intersection of saving and sustaining lives—where your purpose accelerates our mission.


The Finance Manager for the Lessines plant assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for their plant’s end-to-end supply chain. Reporting directly to the EMEA/APAC Group Controller and indirectly to the Plant Leader.

This role oversees an annual budget of $255M in value of production, and $35M of inventory. The plant has a workforce of 390 employees.


As a member of the plant Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Finance Manager primary responsibilities are:


  • Provides oversight of all plant related GAAP, SOX and Baxter policy requirements
    • The Plant Controller has ultimate responsibility for their plant’s financial records (P&L and BS)


  • Provides relevant, accurate and timely communication of financial performance (past, present, and future)
    • Includes oversight of month end closing, the submission of weekly pulses, the preparation of quarterly forecasts and the preparation of the budgets (annual and long-range plans)


  • Maximizes financial performance through analysis, guidance, and accountability
    • Achieves financial results as committed
      • Manufacturing Variances
      • Operating Income
      • Cash Flow
      • Capital investments (on time and on budget)
      • Value Improvement Project (VIP) generation and execution


  • Actively develops the financial acumen of finance and non-finance team members

Key Characteristics and Competencies:

  • High energy and acts with urgency
  • Business insight and decision support
  • Committed to excellence
  • Communicates to influence
  • Exceptional leadership
  • Focused on responsibility and accountability
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Confidence and maturity to challenge peers
  • Strategic thinker
  • Copes with ambiguity and champions change
  • Hands-on
  • Stretches beyond the comfort zone
  • Driven by continuous improvement
  • Agile decision maker and calculated risk taker

Critical areas of focus:

  • Identify trends and opportunities for continuous improvement (both financial and operational)
  • Develop and execute action plans to drive profitable growth
  • Support and participate in the standardization and modernization of ISC financial processes
  • Actively liaise with process business partners (FP&A COE, FPO, BBS, Global ISC) in the pursuit of more efficient and effective ways to fulfill the Plant Controller’s responsibilities


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, MBA or equivalent preferred
  • 8-10 years’ experience in manufacturing or supply chain finance
  • Background in standard costing, budget management and capital analysis and control
  • Proven track record of identifying and implementing change
  • Has effectively communicated at all levels of the organization in both formal and informal environments
  • Experience in a global, diverse matrixed organization
  • Capable of executing a business case for change by analyzing and leveraging best practices
  • Maintains a strong presence, with the ability to manage indirect reporting relationships
  • Experience working with Lean concepts and tools is preferred


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