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Operational Excellence Leader - Pulping


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 Manufacturing Excellence Leader will be responsible for all Manufacturing Excellence Initiatives, including strategy deployment and deliberate and continuous improvement, for the assigned area. Additionally, they will also be responsible for leading and educating the operations and maintenance teams in the assigned area in the Lean Six Sigma tools. PL for this position will vary based on experience.  The Pulping area includes:  Digester, Screening, O2, Bleach Plant, Chemical Generation and Tank Farm.



The key accountabilities listed below are not to be considered all-inclusive; a team member may be required to perform additional tasks, as directed, and based on changing business needs of the company.

  • Demonstrated leadership in the area of safety; support broad based participation in the mill’s safety process.
  • Drive, develop and implement innovative capital process changes which will improve product quality, reduce operating cost, or provide a capital advantage.
  • Responsible building plan to close ME R-gap for the assigned area.
  • Utilize Manufacturing Excellence tools to drive a culture of deliberate improvement and engage employees in participating in cost improvement projects.
  • Responsible for working with and coordination of corporate technology team’s cost reduction ideas and initiatives in the assigned area.
  • Will work to train mill population in white belt, yellow belt, and green belt.



  • Must be able to wear all required safety equipment.
  • Noise levels in excess of 90 dB.
  • Heat in excess of 100°F occasionally.
  • Working environment is 24/7—ability to be on-call as need and/or required.
  • Ability to work on concrete, and periodically  move equipment/tools weighing up to 50lbs







  • Previous team leader/supervisory, project management, etc. experience in the paper industry (two to five years). 
  • Proven ability to develop others.
  • Proven record of leading safe work practices.
  • Experience in setting good manufacturing practices and developing administrative and operative systems, including area goals and budgets, using the appropriate, reliable and sustainable methods.
  • Ability to fully utilize and build partnerships with external resources like IP Technology and suppliers.



  • BS in Science or Engineering or related field required.
  • 5 or more years engineering and management experience in Pulping (Digester, Screening, O2, Bleach Plant, Chemical Generation or Tank Farm); preferably in a manufacturing continual improvement environment .
  • Qualified candidates have strong leadership skills focused on accountability and results, and have strong organization and planning skills.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • IP Green Belt certified (or obtain within one year). Minimum requirement of IP Yellow Belt certification.


Key Competencies:

  • Action Oriented
  • Timely Decisions
  • Innovation Management
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Managerial Courage
  • Managing and measuring work
  • Motivating others
  • Organizing
  • Perseverance
  • Perspective
  • Planning
  • Problem solving
  • Process management
  • Results oriented
  • Standing alone
  • TQM/Re-Engineering


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:  Jun 11, 2022

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