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Area Maintenance Manager



Position Title

Area Maintenance Manager


Pay Rate:

$129,900 - $144,300

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:

4335 Carson Road

Columbus, MS 39701


This position supports International Paper’s Columbus Mill (CCF) located in Columbus, Mississippi.  CCF is a vital part of International Paper’s Global Cellulose Fibers Business.  We are a converting operation that produces specialty fibers used in the production of diapers and other absorbent personal care products.



The Job You Will Perform:

This is a hands-on leadership position responsible for providing direction to area multi-craft technicians and other team members as necessary.  The successful candidate will provide leadership to drive out repetitive maintenance problems, reduce maintenance cost and improve equipment reliability.  The position reports to the Mill Maintenance Manager.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be a role model and champion for an injury-free work place and promote safety and excellence in all areas of influence.
  • Responsible for gaining commitment and motivating employees toward a common goal in a union-free team environment.
  • Responsible for leading process safety improvements through personal commitment and other safety programs.
  • Work closely with operations leadership to understand their needs and to maintain a one team, positive relationship, between operations and maintenance.
  • Lead the technical development of approximately 32 hourly technicians and 2 salaried Front Line Leaders, engaged in day-to-day utilities and woodyard maintenance activities.
  • Provide leadership in proactive maintenance practices and process reliability improvements.
  • Lead area outage planning and ensure safe execution of plans.
  • Responsible for preparing, monitoring and managing the area maintenance budget.




The Skills You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent work experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum three (3) years leadership experience in a manufacturing environment; five (5) + years preferred.
  • Experience in the pulp and paper industry is preferred.
  • Experience leading troubleshooting and maintenance activities in a manufacturing environment.
  • Detailed knowledge of industrial safety procedures and regulations.
  • Knowledge and experience in maintenance best practices.
  • Ability to track and measure performance utilizing standard methods/tools.
  • Ability to lead in a high-performance team environment and get work done through others.
  • Ability to collaborate with peers and work well work others.
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications.


Desired Competencies:

  • Peer Relationships
  • Conflict Management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Facilitation



The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

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



The Career You Will Build:

  • Leadership development
  • 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.


The Company You Will Join:

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


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. 

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Columbus, MS, US, 39703

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Apr 9, 2024

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