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Operations Analyst

Memphis, Tennessee

Job Title: Operations Analyst

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. In Russia, we have a 50/50 joint venture, Ilim Group, the country's largest integrated manufacturer of pulp and paper. Additional information can be found by visiting

FLSA: Exempt

Relocation Paid: Yes


The Operations Analyst reports directly to the Director of Finance and Strategic Planning for Global Sourcing and provides key financial support and market data to category sourcing teams through the Strategic Sourcing process.  The position provides buyers in both Global Sourcing and Supply Chain with timely, accurate, and relevant external market data and financial analysis to support category sourcing activities.  Responsibilities will include obtaining a broad understanding of various commodity markets, the suppliers within those markets, and the interaction of the products and services provided to International Paper’s operations.  The analyst will work in concert with a category sourcing team to evaluate market opportunities and will help shape the team’s strategy to maximize value creation to the enterprise. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify and utilize market resources to assess supply and demand factors to develop an overall external supply market analysis for sourcing teams.
  • Assess financial stability of potential suppliers to minimize supply security risk.
  • Analyze and identify value creation opportunities and assist in “go to market” strategy development.
  • Evaluate Total Cost of Ownership opportunities and provide support in developing change management communications to drive and sustain improved value creation.
  • Design performance metrics for new identified initiatives related to individual categories.  Assist Finance in tracking and reporting category cost savings.
  • Lead the development of the “Clean Sheet Analysis” for sourcing category teams.
  • Act as the primary liaison between Finance and the Corporate Buyers on working capital initiatives.
  • Assist with ad hoc data analytics and reporting as required by the Director of Finance & Strategic Planning.
  • Identifies, communicates, and champions
  • Represent global sourcing finance on special projects, as needed.


Key Competencies Required:

Customer Focus

Problem Solving

Interpersonal Savvy

Action Oriented

Learning on the Fly                                                                                                                                   

Drive for Results

Dealing with Ambiguity


Priority Setting

Functional/Technical Skills

Knowledge And Experience:

  • Strong analytic skills with working knowledge of Excel (comfortable utilizing pivot tables and macros)
  • Working knowledge of SAP and BW reporting
  • Ability to use Power BI
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Process-oriented with great attention to details
  • Ability to create and deliver business presentations using MS PowerPoint
  • Candidate must be comfortable navigating systems and utilizing big data to enhance business understanding
  • At least two years of Paper Industry experience
  • Prefer candidates with language skills (Portuguese, French, Russian, Spanish, or Hindi)


Education:  BA or BS degree in Finance and/or Supply Chain major 

Position reports to:  Global Sourcing/Fiber Supply Controller

For immediate consideration, please click the link below to apply:


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.
Memphis  TN  38197

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