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Assistant Maintenance Supervisor

Date: Apr 20, 2021

Location: Fort Smith, AR, US, 72908

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.


International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global leader in packaging and paper with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and uncoated papers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 50,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide.

International Paper’s vision is to be one of the best and most respected companies in the world. A company of substance in everything we do, from the products we make, to investing in communities, to protecting our environment, International Paper supports communities where our employees live and work.



The Assistant Supervisor, Maintenance, is responsible for managing a shift or team of maintenance hourly technicians, the compilation of reports & statistics related to key performance measures for the maintenance department, the planning process for maintenance projects and leading various EHS initiatives related to maintenance & environmental compliance under the direction of the facility Maintenance Manager. Also, coordinates daily purchasing, inventory, and work-order activities of the Maintenance Department.



  • May supervise a shift or team of maintenance hourly technicians.  Also fills in for maintenance manager as needed to manage the entire facility maintenance department.  
  • Manages the maintenance budget for the facility including running and reviewing SAP reports and maintaining a spreadsheet of YTD expenditures.
  • Utilizes systems, including KIWI and SAP, to track maintenance key performance measures, including: mechanical/electrical downtime, maintenance reliability indices, maintenance breakdowns, etc.
  • Manages the work order system and tracks work orders through completion. Compiles a report related to work order efficiency for the leadership team at the facility.
  • Conducts a weekly maintenance priority meeting with the maintenance and production leadership team at the facility to review the open notifications and work order backlog.   The purpose of this meeting is to plan and prioritize projects for the next 7 days and garner leadership support of these activities
  • Responsible for planning of maintenance projects including scheduling of personnel (employees and contractors), maintaining project budget, accessing machine manuals, ensuring needed parts are in inventory, working with production team to schedule time and ensuring work orders are in the system, updated and completed throughout the project
  • Works in conjunction with the Maintenance Manager and local leadership team to schedule predictive/preventative maintenance activities to keep all equipment in good working order.
  • Under the direction of the Maintenance Manager, leads some Environmental Health & Safety initiatives in the facility including: air permitting, storm water compliance, HAZMAT, waste water compliance, roof maintenance, Infared inspections, compressed air management, cooling tower/chiller, air handlers, fire & safety system, inspections, contractor training, employee training, electrical, hot work, etc.
  • Responsible for the inventory/parts management of the facility’s store-room, including maintenance of inventory in the system (SAP), ensuring proper inventory levels are maintained, store-room organization, and kitting for projects.
  • Assists Maintenance Manager as needed in the development and management of capital projects and their implementation.
  • Manages and maintains a single, site-wide parts and tool inventory and coordinates and manages routine service contractors. 
  • Determines material needs for repairs, research options, obtain pricing, utilize the SAP system to create a requisition, and receive material in SAP upon receipt of invoices. 
  • Coordinate purchasing, inventory, and work order administration activities of the Maintenance Department. 
  • Source material available locally and will purchase needed material using a Pcard, maintain purchase records, and reconcile the P-card following corporate requirements.
  • Inspects all maintenance materials and services upon delivery to the Maintenance Department. 
  • Assists in ensuring proper plant receiving procedures are followed. 
  • Track equipment repair, building repair, or project costs using the SAP system or other available methods and report to management on a routine basis and as requested. 
  • In consultation with the respective manager, utilizes current site maintenance personnel to perform work before sourcing external contract services. This may be accomplished by using all maintenance resources from the site to address work anywhere across the site. Provides support in the areas of safety, maintenance, building security, housekeeping, grounds keeping, cost effectiveness, and promotes continuous improvement. 
  • Analyzes high maintenance cost centers and in consultation with the respective manager, implements solutions to reduce and improve the cost.
  • Work with vendors to consolidate purchases where cost savings can be derived
  • May manage work to be contracted out by planning the tasks to be completed, developing a scope of work, and contacting contractors for quotations. After review and acceptance of a bid, utilizes the SAP system to create a requisition and will release service entries upon completion of work and receipt of invoices.
  • Perform preventive maintenance administrative activities.
  • Maintain a neat and orderly fashion for all catalogues, bulletins and technical information in the Maintenance Office, including drawings and blue prints, machine manuals, vendor catalogues and all other technical and non-technical information required to be in the Maintenance Department library.
  • Other duties as assigned by manager. 


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Associate’s Bachelor’s or technical degree preferred.
  • Solid Computer / System skill set is required.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Suite is required.   Prior experience utilizing SAP and/or KIWI is highly preferred
  • Prior supervisory/leadership experience and/or demonstrated situational leadership skills is required.
  • Prior mechanical, electrical and/or maintenance troubleshooting experience is required.   Corrugated experience is highly preferred. Administration of CBAs a plus.
  • Prior experience with predictive/preventative maintenance programs, inventory and capital project planning is highly preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize work effectively is required.
  • Flexible to work weekends and/or off shifts



  • Functional/Technical
  • Problem Solving
  • Action / Results Oriented
  • Priority Setting
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Perseverance



International Paper offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance, vacation as well as a 401(k) plan and retirement savings account.   This is a great opportunity to start a career with a dynamic and proven manufacturer in the packaging industry.




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. 

Nearest Major Market: Fort Smith