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Position Title: 

Business Controller 


Pay Rate: 


Multiple factors, including Individual experience, skills and abilities will determine where an employee is ultimately placed in the pay range. Variable pay may provide additional opportunities for financial awards. This job is eligible to participate in IP’s annual incentive plan. 



Salaried Full-Time 


Physical Location: 

6400 Poplar Ave. 

Memphis, TN 38197 


The Job You Will Perform: 

The Business Controller will report to the North American Container (NAC) Area Business Controller and support the Region General Manager and will work closely with key members of the NAC Finance Staff, and other members of NAC Management. The successful individual will be accountable for financial oversight of several manufacturing locations that manufacture various products, serve mixed markets, and are spread across a large geographical area while managing a population of facility controllers with diverse backgrounds and career goals. To achieve business objectives and goals in a manner consistent with International Paper policies and procedures, the controller is required to travel often to provide financial leadership and oversight for the region to include: 

  • Remediate and implement internal controls. 

  • Accurate and timely reporting of financial information  

  • Analysis of performance, profitability improvement objectives and opportunities  

  • Strategic planning and analysis, forecasting  

  • Capital effectiveness and analysis.  

  • Project Analysis 

  • Development of personnel  

  • Responsible for assessing Business/Corporate Stakeholder needs and ensuring alignment.  

  • Identify & execute on key goals and strategy. 

  • Directs the financial activities of the Region by overseeing and maintaining effective fiscal procedures and controls.   

  • Analyzes performance and recommends and/or directs actions to maximize the financial return of the region, division, and corporation.   

  • Ensures that each facility maintains accurate books and records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and that the business is conducted in compliance with established division and corporate policies, procedures, and practices.   

  • Manages preparation and analysis of region operating results and operating trends, reviews capital projects, manages special projects and reviews operating forecasts.   

  • Ensures all monthly, quarterly, and year-end operating results are reported accurately on a timely basis and in accordance with company policies and procedures.   

  • Provides appropriate communication of objectives and responsibilities.   

  • Directs and manages consolidation, reporting and reconciliation of results for internal and external reporting requirements.   

  • Provides management with key performance measures and financial analysis.   

  • Lead efforts on process optimization and value creation. 

  • Maintains & ensures an adequate system of internal controls exists for the facilities within the region along with management’s engagement and use of the QR16 for compliance reviews.   

  • Determines the assets of the region are properly managed and protected.    

  • Communicates and trains staff on IP policies and procedures including SOX requirements, self-review procedures, peer reviews, balance sheet reviews.   

  • Directs the preparation and analysis of the annual operating plan, strategic plan and capital plan as needed and in conjunction with region general manager and division finance.    

  • Analyzes variances, reviews operating costs and spending levels for trend changes and opportunities to improve.   

  • Provides leadership to Facility Controllers, Controller Associates, Facility finance staff, and others in organization. 

  • Provides development opportunities through internal training, peer reviews, and special projects.  

  • Proficient with tools, data, and analytics   


The Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge You Will Bring:  

  • Undergraduate degree with focus in Accounting/Finance, advanced degree or certification desirable 

  • 5-7 years Finance Controller experience or associated work 

  • 3-5 years managing financial/accounting department. 

  • Accounting experience in manufacturing, with converting operations desirable   

  • Experience in the corrugated industry preferred. 

  • Must be able to travel at least 25% and up to 50% as needed plus ability to manage from afar and manage within a virtual environment for training, etc. 

  • Demonstrate solid leadership potential. 

  • Proven ability to develop people and manage professionals in a multi-facility environment.   

  • Ability to analyze financial statements and identify potential problems. 

  • Ability to work with teams and ensure alignment. 

  • Knowledge of corporate policies and procedures   

  • Strong administrative, organizational, and analytical skills   

  • Must be a self-starter and deliver on objectives.   

  • Ability to deal well with ambiguity.  

  • Functional/Technical Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills, PC skills, IP Systems Knowledge, Multi-tasking, Internal Controls 

  • Competencies:  Business Acumen, Action Oriented, Directing Others, Problem Solving, Building Effective Teams, Organizational Agility, Strategic Agility, Managing through Systems, Priority Setting, Learning on the Fly 


The Benefits You Will Enjoy: 

International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short-term and Long-term Disability, 401(k), Company-funded retirement contributions, Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), Student Loan Repayment Assistance, and Voluntary Benefits including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets.  


The Career You Will Build: 

Sales and Leadership training, promotional opportunities within a global company 


The Impact You Will Make: 

We continue to build a better future for people, the planet, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 125 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. We have team members all around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These are our strengths. We are committed to creating a culture where all individuals are respected, valued, engaged, and have an opportunity to do their best work every day. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly inclusive and diverse culture. 


The Company You Will Join: 

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global producer of sustainable packaging, pulp and other fiber-based products, and one of the world’s largest recyclers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 39,000 colleagues globally who are committed to creating what’s next. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2023 were $18.9 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting


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.  


International Paper complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or (877) 973-3919. 

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MEMPHIS, TN, US, 38197

Category:  Finance
Date:  Jun 15, 2024

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