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Product Business Unit Manager

Date: Feb 13, 2019

Location: Oglethorpe, GA, US, 310688425

Company: International Paper

The Finished Products Manager will report to the Operations Manager and serve as a working lead team member.  This position will support IP’s performance and safety goals by leading and managing day-to-day manufacturing responsibilities.  This position will guarantee the appropriate internal operations resources are identified and readily accessible to accomplish mill and business specific requirements and initiatives.  This position will serve as a key contributing member to the mill’s leadership team. The individual must support and exemplify the vision and organizational values of International Paper’s Flint River Mill.




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. In addition to the highest ethical standards, this person must also embody IP’s commitment to:


  • Champions safety efforts resulting in superior performance by modeling and maintaining an environment of safe work practices and proactive approach to safety management.
  • Overall responsibility for leading operations of the finished products area, shipping, one pulp drying machine.
  • Leads efforts in key focus areas including safety, production and cost efficiencies, reliability, team member engagement, and environmental stewardship, to achieve or exceed targeted performance.
  • Provides leadership and resources to support engagement and a high performance work team. Champions the IP Way-Forward and the one-to-one process.
  • Ensure development and implementation of manufacturing systems, including use of sustainability tools such as Global Manufacturing Training Initiative (GMTI), Basic Care and Technician Progression System (Pay for Skills).
  • Participate in the development of the budget, strategic and capital planning processes.
  • As a member of the Leadership Team, will participate in setting policies and procedures that are consistent with the mill’s Foundation Document and which support high performance work systems.
  • Clearly communicate and demonstrate quality principles and processes.
  • Help develop, demonstrate and support an organizational culture based upon values of empowerment, high involvement, and participative work force in a customer- and quality-focused organization.
  • Takes initiative to pro-actively deal with issues both with the team and cross-functionally, ensuring communication flows to and from team.
  • Leads team in goal setting and performance management consistent with company and mill direction.
  • Understands and meets internal and external customer requirements.
  • Develops, maintains, and uses sustainable methods for all processes and their improvements.
  • Manages team members in the mill as necessary to minimize downtime and maintain quality, and sets clear expectations holding team members accountable for meeting them.
  • Maintains and develops team relationships.
  • Develops cross-functional process skills.
  • Ensures that area specific 5S expectations are met (5 Minute 5S Checklists Replenishment of tools and supplies, 5S Audits,etc)




Individual must be able to wear all required safety equipment.

  • Physically challenging mill environment; ability to move, ascend/descend stairs minimum 50% of the time
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
  • Noise level in excess of 90 dB
  • Heat in excess of 100ºF,occasionally
  • Working environment is 24/7 – ability to be on-call as needed and/or required.





  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a manufacturing lead position, preferably in a paper or pulp mill.
  • Experience developing and implementing annual productivity plans.
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills; problem solving, negotiation, presentation and training delivery skills.
  • Microsoft Office Profiency
  • Demonstrated leadership skills combined with technical paper-making knowledge required;


  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or pulp and paper science
  • Experience in strategic planning and budgeting processes.
  • Experience working in and managing High Performance Work Systems.
  • Greenbelt Certification Preferred.




Action-Oriented, Business Acumen, Command Skills, Conflict Management, Customer Focus, Developin Direct Reports, Drive for Results, Integrity and Trust, Interpersonal Savvy, Managerial Courage, Motivating Oth

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