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Process 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.  Additional information can be found by visiting 


The Riverdale Mill is currently seeking a Process 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 Manufacturing Excellence (ME) Process Engineer is a technical resource in the Manufacturing Excellence department, which supports efficient operation across all areas of the mill.  Specifically, the   ME engineer is tasked with using Lean tools (DMAIC, six sigma, mistake proofing, waste reduction, 5S, etc.) and other skills to identify and implement improvements within and area or across areas.  Improvements can be in multiple disciplines (chemical, mechanical, electrical, etc.) or categories (safety, environmental, energy, reliability, etc.).  The position works in a centralized ME team, and reports to the Area Manufacturing Excellence Leader.




Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results
  • Personally develop ME skills, as well as train and develop others in their effective use
  • Lead ME based improvement initiatives within the department and mill to improve safety, reliability, efficiency and/or quality issues
  • Identify and implement cost reduction strategies that reduce the cost of ownership
  • Implement work systems to improve/sustain results
  • Engage business unit and other team members throughout the process to ensure department and mill objectives are addressed, and buy-in is achieved to ensure sustainability of improvement efforts
  • 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
  • Lead 5S efforts for an area and drive improvement projects, audit systems, and excellent results
  • Provide support for budgeting cycle targeted at delivering year over year savings
  • Perform troubleshooting and/or de-bottlenecking of existing facilities to optimize production
  • Develop Process Book and other process analysis tools to increase visibility to process exceptions/efficiency
  • Willing to work weekends and extra hours on shutdowns to support department or area needs
  • Fulfill weekend duty team leadership role for Operations 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
  • Utilize the International Paper Change Process to drive change
  • Leadership capability in implementing Manufacturing Excellence (ME) processes and tools
  • Thorough knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office and data analysis software packages 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with exhibited ability to manage multiple projects effectively


Required Experience:

Zero (0) to seven (7) years post college experience required with process engineering experience preferred.   Manufacturing internship and/or co-op experience highly preferred.  Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Paper Science, Environmental Engineering, and Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene) is required.  Strong desire to work in heavy manufacturing setting.  Experience working in a fully integrated paper mill is a plus.


Pay Level (PL) may 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, Adaptability, Effectively Manage Change



"International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans"



SELMA, AL, US, 36701-8311

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Jan 14, 2023

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