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Fibers Business Unit Manager


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


The Fibers Business Unit Manager is a key leadership role for the Flint River Mill. The person in this role is the leader of the fibers organization, including the Woodyard/Chipping/Chip Storage, Bark Fuel, Pulp Mill including continuous digesting, diffusion brown stock washing, Screening, O2 delignification, and multi stage bleaching. This position is a Lead Team position and reports directly to the operations manager. This position has direct supervision over woodyard and pulping area managers and their supporting highly engaged work teams. This position is accountable for safety, engagement, people development and manufacturing excellence for all facets of the fiber line, including manufacturing, technical, people, and capital. 

Position Requirements: 

  • Display safety leadership above all things and at all times and ensure environmental compliance systems are reliable and accurate.
  • Responsible for the safety performance of all employees and contractors in the fiber line.
  • Lead all activities of the Flint River Mill’s Fibers Department.
  • Set high expectations and direction and manage safety, environmental compliance, quality, reliability, productivity, and housekeeping efforts of the team members.
  • Maintain focus on product and process quality.
  • Strive to establish and achieve challenging budgets to deliver year over year savings. Gain maximum value for the dollars invested. Be an active member and leader of mill cost reduction team initiatives.
  • Ensure a safe and highly motivated workforce by providing leadership in safety, work systems, and positive member relations. Support broad based participation in the mill’s safety process.
  • Develop and coach managers to provide outstanding leadership for their teams. Responsible for department performance management and individual development.
  • Direction of technical resources and process experts who support the business unit.
  • Work effectively in a manufacturing systems based environment with a strong commitment to reliability and the use of Manufacturing Excellence tools and work systems to ensure sustainability and predictability of results.  Systems include but are not limited to operating procedures, trouble-cause-correction documents, key performance indicators, meeting scripts, SAP maintenance plans, etc.
  • Ensure crew skill development is a healthy and active process.
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to operations by working with other business units to balance operations for the good of the mill
  • Maintain a focus on developing a strong reliability culture where a clear partnership exists between operations and maintenance and engineering



Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in Pulp / Paper Manufacturing with at least five (5) years of management experience is required. Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other related field is required.  Thorough knowledge of fibers equipment and systems. Demonstrated record of safety and environmental commitment and results. Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate to groups and individuals at all levels. Strong commitment to reliability and to the use of Manufacturing Excellence tools / work systems to ensure sustainability of progress. Demonstrated leadership focused on accountability and results.


Key Competencies:

Business Acumen, Managing through Others, Developing Direct Reports, Communication Skills, Integrity and Trust, Technical / Functional Skills, Customer Focus, Interpersonal Savvy, Motivating Others, Decision Quality, Command Skills, Building Effective Teams, Drive for Results, and Managing Vision and Purpose.


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.
Oglethorpe  GA  310688425


Oglethorpe, GA, US, 31068-8425

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Aug 5, 2022

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