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Electrical Capital Project Engineer


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.


This position supports International Paper’s Cellulose Fibers business in Columbus, Mississippi.  As one of the largest softwood pulp producers in the world, this location produces 1,400+ ADMT/day of bleached softwood pulp for use in paper and specialty products such as absorbent personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and photographic-based papers.  International Paper’s cellulose fiber manufacturing facilities are located across the United States and Canada.


Reporting to the Mill Capital Projects Engineering Manager, this position manages and supports the implementation of capital projects within the mill general areas while supporting the mill safety, reliability, and improvement efforts. The position requires strong project management and technical skills to coordinate different disciplines within Operations, Maintenance, consulting engineers, and vendors.  Primarily, the prospective candidate should have the ability to manage several projects that span multiple engineering disciplines, with the primary focus on electrical engineering, and will require working closely with Business Unit Managers, Process Engineers, Maintenance and Operations personnel as well as Maintenance and Operations Technicians. The position level for the Capital Projects Engineer can range between PL12 and PL14, commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • Understand the project delivery process and help define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals, mill safety, reliability and improvement efforts.
  • Develop capital investment proposals and manage all detailed design and construction of approved capital projects with the objective of meeting technical, cost, reliability, and safety goals.
  • Apply technical know-how and analysis to understand complex designs, interact with the technology group to identify the minimum effective design solution for various operating problems and for installation of new / modified equipment.
  • Coordinate the design of conceptual layouts and cost studies as necessary to develop the capital investment proposal in the simplest and most efficient approach.
  • Coordinate all type of process design activities including equipment sizing, design of PFD’s and P&ID’s, loop sheets, E/I diagrams,  process control and instrument specification and operating manuals.
  • Review and understand equipment and instrumentation/electrical specifications to ensure equipment and materials are procured and installed as per Regulatory bodies (OSHA, EPA, NFPA 70 (NEC), ASME, API etc) and company’s engineering standards and specifications.
  • Ensure project design and implementation abides by mill safety policies.
  • Coordinate and review vendor equipment, installation and other discipline drawings for operability and maintainability input.
  • Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
  • Liaise with general mill operations, maintenance, upper management and other project stakeholders on an ongoing basis.
  • Manage projects that require coordination between all parties involved including outside consultants, contractors and mill personnel.
  • Assist in checkout and start-up activities, conduct post completion audits of all of your capital projects.
  • Initiate purchase requisitions for engineering, equipment, labor, materials, etc for assigned capital projects.
  • Delegate tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel and serve as a construction coordinator if necessary.
  • Plan, schedule and Track project timelines, cost and milestones using appropriate tools.
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans.
  • Schedule tracking of construction and project spending forecasts on a monthly basis or more frequently if necessary.
  • Supervise project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.


Position Requirements:

    • Requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university.
    • Requires a minimum of 7 years of experience, prefer 10+, in a variety of technical or operational assignments including all aspects of process development and execution in a manufacturing environment. Must have experience in managing projects from inception all the way through start-up.  This includes writing requests for funding, engineering, procurement, construction and start-up/check out.
    • Candidates with 10 plus years of construction industry experience in a supervisory role in lieu of Bachelors degree shall be considered.
    • Experience in pulp and paper or manufacturing industry and exposure to construction services is essential.
  • Knowledge of industrial mechanical equipment and flexibility to lead projects outside core area of competence.
  • Knowledge of power distribution equipment (switchgear, breakers, capacitors, load sharing) as well as PLC’s and DCS systems and VFD’s (variable frequency drives).
    • Familiarity with codes and standards and Non Destructive testing requirements, especially electrical.
    • Proficient in MS Office and MS Projects.
    • Familiar with Auto CAD and SAP or similar systems.
    • Strong understanding of Project Delivery Process / Front End Loading.
    • Demonstrated experience in personnel management, experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
    • Should conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
    • Reacts to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.
    • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients, and other departments.
    • Strong written & oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills in order to effectively convey priorities and concepts to all levels of the organization.
    • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial.


Key Competencies: 

Priority Setting, Organizing, Oral and Written Communication Skills, Project Management, Results Oriented, Managerial Courage, Negotiating, Functional/Technical Skills and Customer Focus


Work Conditions:

    • Overtime / Night work may be required in meeting project deadlines and during machine or annual outages.
    • Should be willing to participate in training sessions, presentations, and meetings.
    • Travel may be required for the purpose of training, meeting with clients, stake holders, or off-site assignments.
    • In addition this position will be responsible to work on weekends approximately once every five weeks.Top of Form

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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. 


Columbus, MS, US, 39703

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Nov 25, 2022

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