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International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting


Physical Location:  

Cedar River Mill, Cedar Rapids, Iowa



The Mill Controller plans, develops, organizes and administers the financial operating policy, procedures, internal controls and other financial activities of the mill. This position acts as the financial advisor and participates in the general management of the mill by adding the pursuit and achievement of mill, business group, and corporate goals and objectives. The Mill Controller directs the financial functions at the mill with additional assistance to the Purchasing department. This position is also responsible for the safekeeping and protection of all assets and interests of the company, including real and personal property and related administrative functions, i.e. legal contracts and agreements, insurance coverage and claims. The Mill Controller reports directly to the Mill Manager and is a member of the mill’s Lead Team.


The Job You Will Perform:

The Mill Controller will work closely with a variety of different departments throughout the mill including operations, maintenance and engineering, and management and will be accountable for the following primary job responsibilities:

  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results
  • Support 5S program for the area and drive improvement projects, audit systems, and excellent results
  • Provide direct support for and participation in the mill’s structured cost reduction efforts and team
  • Lead and deliver results through GMS-based processes and systems
  • Provide support for capital project development and implementation
  • Implement financial systems to improve and sustain results
  • Actively participate in all aspect of Mill’s Lead Team
  • Provide support for the budgeting cycle targeted at delivering year-over-year savings
  • Ensure optimum profitability of the mill through participation in the effective, safe and efficient management, direction and guidance of the personnel and assets of the business
  • Report accurate and timely financial and operating statistical information to identify potential business problems and opportunities
  • Maintain compliance of efficient internal controls on all transactions of company assets and interests, including legal, state and local taxes and insurance claims
  • Ensure long-range growth and achievement of mill and company objectives by leading the planning process for operating budget, facility plan, capital and repair budget, forecasting variances, etc.
  • Review/analyze key performance measures and variances
  • Develop the annual budget and assure that product cost information is accurate
  • Monthly reporting and communication of financial performance against objectives
  • Ensure accurate and timely financial and operating statistical information for the identification of potential business problems and opportunities
  • Develop tools that increase visibility of process impacts on mill financial performance and increase accuracy of monthly forecasting
  • Build an effective team by recruiting, transferring, organizing and developing a viable and dynamic management structure
  • Manage timely and efficient processing of all mill payrolls and vendor/contractor payments
  • Review and control the manufacturing and financial results of the mill and make recommendations and/or alert responsible management staff or problems and opportunities
  • Plan and direct the implementation of new procedures and controls as required by the dynamic change in facilities, products, and corporate policies and procedures  


The Skills You Will Bring:

  • Instill safety as a core value within the team and effectively communicate a shared vision for safety
  • Quickly develop thorough knowledge of mill equipment and systems
  • Ability to evaluate and streamline processes to reduce inefficiency and increase capacity of organization to complete value-added activity
  • Utilize the International Paper Change Process to drive change  



  • A bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics or related discipline is required
  • 7-10 years of finance experience, with prior financial analyst experience in a paper mill preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others are required
  • Geographic flexibility is necessary to include periodic business travel  
  • Skilled in using spreadsheet programs (Microsoft Excel) and other databases (SAP)
  • Qualified candidates have strong leadership skills focused on accountability and results, and have strong organization and planning skills. 


The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

  • Paid time off including Vacation and Holidays
  • Retirement, and 401k Matching Program
  • Medical & Dental
  • Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement)
  • Life & Disability Insurance


The Career You Will Build:

  • Leadership training
  • Promotional opportunities


The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the plant, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 120 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP.


The Culture You Will Experience:

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. You will learn Safety Leadership Principles and have the opportunity to opt into Employee Networking Circles such as IPVets, IPride, Women in IP, and the African American ENC. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly diverse culture.




International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Cedar Rapids, IA, US, 52404

Category:  Finance
Date:  Nov 25, 2022

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