Finance Manager

Lessines, Wallonia, Belgium
Market-competitive pay and benefits
20 May 2024
20 Jun 2024
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Finance Manager

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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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