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Area Process Manager - Paper Machine


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Position Title: 

Area Process Manager – Paper Machine


Pay Rate:

$108,200 - $158,700

Multiple factors, including Individual experience, skills and abilities will determine where an employee is ultimately placed in the pay range.



Salaried Full-Time


Physical Location:

7600 AL - 10

Pine Hill, AL


Position Scope:

The Area Process Manager is the leader of an operations area in a fully integrated pulp and paper mill.  This position is responsible for safety, quality, environmental compliance, employee engagement, hourly team development, process productivity, efficiency, reliability, and area financial performance, while at the same time using a systems based approach to build long-term stability and reliability.  Responsibilities will also include the direction of technical resources and process experts who support the area. This position reports to the Business Unit Manager of the Operations area.



The Job You Will Perform:

  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results
  • Develop tools and systems to maintain compliance with all applicable environmental permitting and ensure all environmental compliance systems are reliable and accurate (NCG, air, water, etc.)
  • Deliver the highest quality finished product to our customers.
  • Participate and lead within the structure of the mill’s quality management system (QMS) and support the Quality Manager in investigating issues and resolving problems as they apply to the manufacturing process.
  • Support training processes in alignment with GMTI to ensure a pool of highly skilled team members.
  • Build effective systems and materials such as operating procedures (SOP), troubleshooting documents (TCC), and other training materials.
  • Support engagement processes to ensure the crews have ownership and feel valued within the organization.
  • Coordinate within the Finished Products department and other business units to optimize area production to meet the needs of the department and the mill, including process balances as needed (e.g. upset conditions and outages).
  • Complete technical process evaluations and improvements.
  • Seek out and implement best practices using teams, databases, vendors, and other technical resources.
  • Support the manufacturing work systems (MWS) process to prioritize and plan daily work, routine outages, and annual outages including operational, maintenance, and contractor tasks.
  • Coordinate outage and other routine work as needed, which may include review of bid proposals and planned spending to ensure maximum value is achieved.
  • Serve as a contractor coordinator (owner’s rep) as required.
  • Support improvements in a healthy and highly functioning basic care process.
  • Lead ongoing improvement efforts in reliability pacesetter elements.
  • Participate in the 5S program for the area, including leading 5S improvement projects as needed.
  • Participate in cost reduction program idea generation and implementation process.
  • Provide support for capital project development and implementation.
  • Implement systems to improve/sustain results, including PI processbook pages, excel spreadsheet tools, Proficy based centerlining systems, etc.
  • Participate in accountability follow-ups with employees as needed and when appropriate.
  • Manage area costs and meet budget.
  • Provide support for budgeting cycle targeted at delivering year over year savings.
  • Fulfill weekend duty team leadership role for the Finished Products department.
  • Lead and sustain continual improvement in the Manufacturing Excellence culture within the department.


The Skills You Will Bring:

Successful candidate should have the ability to:

  • Instill safety as a core value within the team and effectively communicate a shared vision for safety.
  • Quickly develop thorough knowledge of mill equipment and systems
  • Utilize excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate to groups and individuals at all levels.
  • Approach positional responsibilities in an inclusive manner by engaging all team members in area, department, and mill.
  • Possess Manufacturing Excellence (ME) certification of white or green belt.
  • Utilize strong organizational skills to handle multiple tasks effectively.

Required Experience:

  • ChE, ME, EE, Paper Science degree or other equivalent experience required.  Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Finished Products and paper manufacturing, with 2 years in Finished Products manufacturing preferred.  Candidate should have experience managing both people and processes, with experience managing hourly team members a plus.


The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short-term and Long-term Disability, 401(k), Company-funded retirement contributions, Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), Student Loan Repayment Assistance, and Voluntary Benefits including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets. 


The Career You Will Build:

Leadership training, promotional opportunities within a global company.


The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the planet, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 120 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP.


The Culture You Will Experience:

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. We have team members all around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These are our strengths. We are committed to creating a culture where all individuals are respected, valued, engaged and have an opportunity to do their best work every day. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly inclusive and diverse culture.


The Company You Will Join:

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 2022 were $21.2 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting

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.  International Paper complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or (877) 973-3919.
Pine Hill  AL  36769

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Pine Hill, AL, US, 36769

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Jun 3, 2024

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