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Mechanical Front Line Leader


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Position Title:   

Mechanical Maintenance Front Line Leader – Fibers/Pulp Mill/Recycle 


Pay Rate:  

$87,000 - $127,000 


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


Variable pay may provide additional opportunities for financial awards. This job is eligible to participate in IP’s short –term incentive plan. 



Salaried Full-Time  


Physical Location:  

238 Mays Bridge Road 

Rome, GA 30165 


The Job You Will Perform:  

The Rome Mill is currently seeking a Mechanical First Line Leader (FLL) in our Maintenance Department.   

The Mechanical Maintenance FLL is responsible for safe and efficient leadership of the mechanical maintenance activities of an hourly crew consisting of 12 - 18 mechanics in a fully integrated pulp and paper mill.  This position leads in safety, environmental compliance, employee engagement, crew one to ones, hourly team development, process productivity, efficiency, and reliability. They interact with mill operations, maintenance, and management personnel on a day-to-day basis while performing their duties.  This position works within the Maintenance Department and reports to the Area Maintenance Manager (AMM). 

The First Line Leader will work closely with a variety of different areas throughout the mill including operations, maintenance, technical, and management.  

  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results 

  • Directly lead and actively engage operating team to provide excellent results in reliable and cost effective operations using key operating windows and key performance indicators as guidance 

  • Report and communicate safety and performance measurements against objectives 

  • Support data gathering and timely response to reliability related incidents 

  • Conduct one to one developmental discussions and coach employees to accomplish team goals 

  • Provide direct support for and participation in the mill’s structured cost reduction efforts/teams 

  • Lead and deliver results through GMS based processes and systems 

  • Maintain strong relationships with other Maintenance personnel as well as operating and maintenance department leaders 

  • Enforce mill rules and agreements, taking corrective actions as needed to address concerns  

  • Actively use and improve upon existing systems for managing daily operations 

  • Coordinate training and development for the crew 

  • Initiate and facilitate problem solving (TCC) 

  • Understand and promote Manufacturing Excellence tools and processes 

  • Support 5S program for the area and drive improvement projects, audit systems, and excellent results 

  • Provide support for capital project development and implementation 

  • Implement systems to improve/sustain results 

  • Facilitate the implementation of new procedures and controls required by the change in facilities, products, and corporate policies and procedures 

  • Participate as a member of a business unit 

The Skills You Will Bring:  

  • Three (3) to five (5) years of industrial maintenance experience in a Mechanical role, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.   

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent maintenance leadership is preferred.   

  • Must be experienced using a computer and skilled in word processing, spreadsheet programs (Microsoft Excel), SAP business systems, and other databases.   

Successful candidate should have the ability to: 


  • Instill safety as a core value within the team and effectively communicate a shared vision for safety 

  • Represent both company policy and direction, as well as actively advocate for crew/team needs and concerns 

  • Quickly develop thorough knowledge of department and mill operations processes, 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 

  • Utilize the International Paper Change Process to drive change 

  • Work effectively alone or within a team  

  • Utilize strong organizational skills to handle multiple tasks effectively 

  • Maintain process knowledge and understanding of Maintenance operations 

  • Make timely and effective decisions 

  • Desired Competencies: Customer Focus, Process Management, Conflict Management, Confronting Direct Reports, Delegation, Developing Direct Reports, Managing Diversity, Integrity & Trust, Listening, Motivating Others, Drive for Results, Building Effective Teams, Action Oriented, Dealing with Ambiguity, Timely Decision Making, 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, 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 2023 were $18.9 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.
Rome  GA  30165

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Rome, GA, US, 30165

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Jun 8, 2024

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