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Recovered Fiber Buyer

Date: Jul 6, 2021

Location: Cayuga, IN, US, 47928-8153

Company: International Paper

What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it.




Procure and coordinate the delivery of 315,000 tons ($60MM spend) of Recovered Fiber (DLK) for the Newport, IN mill to meet mill demand and inventory needs.  Aggressively manage the logistics supply chain in the Midwest region as well as the quality of incoming fiber at supplier locations to ensure a supply of fiber that will meet expectations for the finished product.  Manage third party sales of DLK recovered fiber from corrugated packaging plants, both internal and external.  Actively work with box plants to assure quality expectations, safe loading procedures and transportation requirements are met.


This position is responsible to assist in the development, negotiation, implementation and ongoing supplier management associated with recovered fiber purchases, safety requirements and quality program.  Responsibilities include development and implementation of initiatives that will maximize cost savings while providing safe, high quality fiber, and transportation services.  While this position is domiciled in Newport, IN, it has direct reporting responsibility to the DLK Manager in Memphis, TN.


Travel Expectations:  Up to 30% regional travel is expected.


Significant Responsibilities       


  • Work incident and injury free.  Say something and engage when you see any situation that may compromise this goal for any team member or contractor.
  • Negotiate with suppliers monthly; manage deliveries from multiple shipping locations, to ensure a reliable supply of recovered fiber into the Newport mill.
  • Ensure Purchase Orders are entered accurately and timely each month.
  • Actively manage and coordinate receipt and quality monitoring of fiber.
  • Engage with mill management frequently to ensure mill and fiber supply operations are jointly aligned and that demand and supply planning and inventory management functions are optimized to achieve lowest cost.
  • Manage inventories and deliveries to meet optimized operational and financial objectives for the enterprise.
  • Coordinate with Recovered Fiber team to optimize cost advantage fiber to our mill enterprise system.
  • Coordinate with Recycling team to optimize cost advantage fiber through our brokerage and recycling plant systems.
  • Ensure consistency in application of the quality program across all IP recovered fiber mills and identify any concerns or improvements in the application of the recovered fiber quality program.
  • Manage the GMS fiber sub-element for the Newport mill, successfully engaging the mill team tracking joint initiatives monthly.
  • Engage with NAC plant management to insure the successful quality and safety requirements are met to assure the successful sell and movement of DLK from the box plants.



Key Challenges


  • Surfacing and executing business improvement opportunities in the face of dynamic market and supply chain challenges.
  • Providing leadership for improvement initiatives by partnering with the mills, key supply chain stakeholders, NAC and the Recovered Fiber team, yielding a higher level of operational performance at a cost advantage.





  • 5+ years of experience in the paper industry with expertise in recycled paper sales or procurement preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly organized and self-driven
  • Demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines with minimum supervision
  • Analytical skills and proficiency with enterprise application suites (BW, SAP, Microsoft Excel and Share Point)
  • Ability to function as a team member in a high performance work system to accomplish overall objectives
  • BS/BA degree required 




  • Experience analyzing and presenting complex information
  • Knowledge of sourcing and fiber purchases
  • Ability to work independently without significant direction
  • Manufacturing Excellence certified
  • MS degree


Key Competencies


  • Political Savvy
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Influencing Skills
  • Action Oriented
  • Negotiations
  • Analytical Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Time Management
  • Customer Focus
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Drive for Results
  • Business Acumen
  • Priority Setting
  • Decision Quality
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Learning



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. 

Cayuga IN 47928-8153