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Manufacturing Excellence Leader - Pulp


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Position Title

Manufacturing Excellence Leader – Pulp


Pay Rate:

$94,500 - $126,000

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 36769


The Manufacturing Excellence Leader – Pulp is the lead Manufacturing Excellence position in the Pulp area.  This position reports to the Manager of Manufacturing Excellence and will organize and implement improvement efforts across the entire department.  The ME Leader will directly lead improvement initiatives, and will support the training and development of ME skills within the Pulp team.  The ME Leader will support the mentoring and technical/professional development of ME Engineers (REACH) engineers and co-op students as they begin their careers with IP.


The Job You Will Perform:

  • Directly deliver significant savings initiatives in alignment with the mill’s goal of 3% YOY cost reduction.
  • Lead multiple deliberate improvement and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Train Power salaried and hourly resources as necessary to develop ME/Lean skills in the department and/or mill.
  • Mentor belted resources and those seeking certification
  • Deliver White Belt training
  • Develop REACH engineers into ME Engineers
  • Maintain strong relationships with other ME leaders as well as operating and maintenance department leaders assigned to the areas.
  • Influence Power operations teams to incorporate ME systems and processes to support sustainability of improvements as they are accomplished.
  • Coordinate development of cost reduction capital improvements.
  • Lead and sustain GMS COST sub-element system implementation
  • Provide daily support to operations, including but not limited to, day-to-day troubleshooting/optimization, field day/annual outage support and weekend duty assignments
  • Be able to fill in for BUM, APM, TA, etc. as needed to provide seamless operational support


The Skills You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering is preferred with 4 years of operations, maintenance, and/or engineering experience in a paper manufacturing environment, with at least 3 years within the Pulp area.
  • Qualified candidates will have a high level of understanding of ME principles.  A Green Belt certification level is preferred or candidate should be willing to achieve certification within 12 months.  Exhibited competency using Lean tools.
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) are required.
  • Ability to work equally effectively alone or within a team, as well as ability to influence in order to drive results.

Key Competencies: 

  • Influencing Others
  • Motivating Others
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Action Oriented
  • Managing and Measuring Work
  • Managing through Systems
  • Priority Setting
  • Drive for Results
  • Problem Solving 


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 and 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:  Jan 26, 2024

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