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Capital Projects Engineer


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. In Russia, we have a 50/50 joint venture, Ilim Group, the country's largest integrated manufacturer of pulp and paper. Additional information can be found by visiting


The Riverdale Mill is currently seeking a Capital Projects Engineer. 


Position Scope:

Riverdale Mill, located in Selma AL, is a complex, fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturing facility with two machines, one producing Brite Top liner and one producing uncoated free sheet.  In addition to the machines, the mill includes multiple process lines, including wood handling, pulping and OCC, power and recovery, sheeting operations and effluent treatment.  The Capital Project Engineer is a technical resource within the Engineering Department of our Maintenance organization.  This position provides safety leadership, technical development, financial management, and overall direction to capital projects and the capital project development process for projects across the entire facility.  This position will have responsibility for a wide array of projects, in disciplines such as civil, mechanical, electrical, controls, or other areas, ranging in scale from $10,000 up to several million dollars.  The Capital Project Engineer reports to the Engineering Manager.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results
  • Identify and implement capital solutions to improve safety, reliability, and/or quality issues
  • Accountable to deliver success from project development through project implementation
  • Engage project customers including business unit and other mill leaders throughout the process to ensure department and mill objectives are addressed and to deliver world class results
  • Meet and/or exceed financial and timeline objectives, including start-up and operation at or above project goals
  • Manage multiple projects at any given time
  • Coordinate project execution and develop strong relationships with regional engineering organization (REO) staff engineers
  • Approve design for all engineering phases throughout capital project process
  • Review bid proposals and planned work spending to ensure maximum value is achieved
  • Support development and execution of multi-year capital plan, as well as ensuring progress vs. plan for timely project completion
  • Implement and improve systems necessary to sustain world class capital project processes (e.g. GMS, IP Project Delivery Process, Design for Reliability Process)
  • Support 5S program through the lens of project implementation, including design features to support same
  • Identify and implement cost reduction strategies that reduce the cost of ownership
  • Coordinate with other disciplines to ensure an integrated design that meets the project requirements
  • Perform troubleshooting and/or de-bottlenecking of existing facilities to optimize production
  • Develop or alter standard project specifications to meet specific project requirements
  • Review of design and engineering data (drawings and other documents) to verify completeness and accuracy
  • Analyze designs for efficiency of construction, use of materials, integrity and practicality of design
  • Review certain vendor / fabricator quotations, shop drawings, and related submittals
  • Perform the necessary field work to obtain accurate information for the design
  • Provide construction and startup assistance
  • Willing to work weekends and extra hours on shutdowns to meet project goals
  • Fulfill weekend duty team leadership role for Maintenance or assigned Business Units.

Desired Skills:

  • 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
  • Thorough knowledge and experience utilizing Microsoft Office and computer based project management systems. 
  • Utilize the International Paper Change Process to drive change
  • Support Manufacturing Excellence (ME) process and utilize ME tools when appropriate
  • Utilize strong organizational skills to manage multiple projects effectively


Required Experience:

Five (5) years post college experience required with project engineering experience preferred.   Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, or Civil) or construction management is required; equivalent practical experience managing capital projects may be considered.  Supervisory experience is preferred with preference given to candidates with experience managing a project/maintenance engineering team.  Experience working in a fully integrated paper mill is a plus. 


Pay Level (PL) will vary depending on experience.


Desired Competencies:

Action Oriented, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Organizing, Planning, Informing, Perseverance, Priority Setting, Problem Solving, Drive For Results, Time Management, Customer Focus, Integrity & Trust, Interpersonal Savvy, Listening, Peer Relationships, Dealing with Ambiguity, Functional/Technical Skills, Learning on the Fly, Self-Development, Technical Learning, Managing and Measuring Work, Managing Through Systems.



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.


SELMA, AL, US, 36701-8311

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Jun 11, 2022

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