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Area Process Manager P4


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


The Pensacola Mill is currently seeking an Area Process Manager (APM) for #4 Fluff Pulp Paper Machine (P4) in Finished Products.



Position Scope:

The P4 machine Area Process Manager is the technical and engineering leader of the P4 fluff pulp machine within the Finished Products Business Unit in a fully integrated pulp and paper mill.  The APM is a technical/engineering resource for all facets of operations who designs systems to build long-term operational stability and equipment/ process reliability.  This position is responsible for safety, environmental compliance, quality, process productivity, efficiency, reliability, and area financial performance.  Responsibilities will also include the direction of technical resources and process experts who support the area.  This position reports directly to the Finished Products Business Unit Manager.  


Required Responsibilities:

The P4 Area Process Manager will be heavily involved in a broad spectrum of areas including operations, maintenance, and technical.

  • Utilize technical and engineering skills to deliver the highest quality finished product to our customers
  • Participate and lead within the structure of the mill’s quality management system (QMS)
  • Support the Quality Manager in investigating technical issues and resolving problems as they apply to the manufacturing process
  • Develop tools and systems to maintain compliance with all applicable environmental permitting and ensure all environmental compliance systems are reliable and accurate (NCG, air, water, etc.)
  • Build effective systems and materials such as operating procedures (SOP), troubleshooting documents (TCC), and other training materials
  • Coordinate within the Finished Products Business Unit and other business units to optimize area production to meet the needs of the department and the mill, including process balances as needed (e.g. upset conditions and outages)
  • Complete technical process evaluations and improvements
  • Seek out and implement best practices using teams, databases, vendors, and other technical resources
  • Support the manufacturing work systems (MWS) process to prioritize and plan daily work, routine outages, and annual outages including operational, maintenance, and contractor tasks
  • Coordinate outages and other technical/engineering resources as needed, which may include review of bid proposals and planned spending to ensure maximum value is achieved
  • Serve as a contractor coordinator (owner’s rep) as required
  • Support improvements in a healthy and highly functioning basic care process
  • Lead ongoing improvement efforts in reliability pacesetter elements
  • Participate in the 5S program for the area, including leading 5S improvement projects as needed
  • Participate in cost reduction program idea generation and implementation process
  • Provide support for capital project development and implementation
  • Implement systems to improve/sustain results, including PI processbook pages, excel spreadsheet tools, Proficy based centerlining systems, etc.
  • Provide support for budgeting cycle targeted at delivering year over year savings
  • Fulfill weekend duty role for Finished Products Business Unit
  • Lead and sustain continual improvement on Manufacturing Excellence culture within the P4 area


 Required Skills:

Successful candidate should have the ability to:

  • Utilize OSHA Process Safety Management leadership to instill safety as a core value
  • Demonstrate the use of technical knowledge of pulp & paper process (TAPPI methods)
  • Quickly develop thorough knowledge of mill equipment and systems
  • Utilize continuous manufacturing processes from pulp and paper industry experience
  • Ability to communicate technical engineering needs to groups and individuals at all levels
  • Approach positional responsibilities in an inclusive manner by engaging all team members in area, department, and mill
  • Utilize structured change process to drive change
  • Possess lean six sigma certification/ experience and demonstrated ability to complete projects using these skills
  • Utilize strong organizational skills to handle multiple tasks effectively


 Required Experience:

Three (3) years post college experience with a minimum of two (2) years operations experience in a pulp and paper mill.    Technical bachelors’ degree in engineering (chemical, paper science, electrical, or mechanical) is required.  Leadership or supervisory experience is required.

 Pay Level (PL) will vary depending on experience.


 Desired Competencies:

Customer Focus, Organizing, Planning, Priority Setting, Process Management, Managing Through Systems, TQM/Reengineering, Confronting Direct Reports, Developing Direct Reports, Directing Others, Integrity and Trust, Listening, Motivating Others, Drive for Results, Sizing Up People, Building Effective Teams, Understanding Others, Action Oriented, Business Acumen, Command Skills, Conflict Management, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Learning on the Fly, Managerial Courage, Managing and Measuring Work, Problem Solving, Standing Alone.


"International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans"


Cantonment, FL, US, 32533

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Jun 23, 2022

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