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Finished Products Shift Manager


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Position Title: 

Finished Products Shift Manager 


Pay Rate: 

$81,700- $108, 900 


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:

3737 Highway 3

Redwood, MS 39156


The Job You Will Perform: 

At the Vicksburg Mill, the Finished Products Shift Manager, as first line leader, is responsible for supervising and leading all aspects of shift operations. The Shift Manager will be responsible for approximately 15-20 team members in the Stock Prep, Paper, and Shipping Departments. The Shift Manager supports the operating crews’ contribution to achieving department and mill objectives and facilitates sound business decisions. The Shift Manager is accountable for the daily coordination of available mill resources to ensure continuity of mill operations, working closely with his/her peer Shift Manager. Successful candidates should be self-motivated and display initiative by identifying and completing tasks.


Key Accountabilities: 

The primary focus for the Shift Manager at the Vicksburg Mill is to ensure the productivity and performance of the operating team in each of these key areas: 

  • Safety— The Shift Manager demonstrates safety leadership, setting the highest standard for safety and holding all team members accountable to it. The Shift Manager is responsible for correcting unsafe behaviors and conditions, driving a culture of safety with team members, conducting incident investigations, and completing safety observations.  
  • Operations— The Shift Manager manages daily shift operations of his/her designated process area with a focus on reliable operation. The Shift Manager is responsible for meeting and exceeding established production goals by supporting routine and annual outages, driving completion of equipment care rounds and identification of reliability issues, coordinating shift maintenance and other resources to address reliability issues.  
  • Communication— The Shift Manager actively communicates within the department, across the mill, and with all levels of the organization. The Shift Manager must coordinate and communicate within the department, creating alignment with the operating strategies and goals of the Area Process Managers and the Business Unit Manager; hold monthly crew meetings, effectively communicate and plan production with all departments across the mill. When necessary the Shift Manager will alert appropriate people of downtime and other operating issues, support the crews’ communication with other departments, assist in calling in and coordinating resources to address upsets, or to fill vacancies.  
  • Continuous Improvement— The Shift Manager creates a culture of continuous improvement on shift. The Shift Manager is responsible for harnessing the experience and creativity of all team members to improve the equipment, the workplace, and the process to achieve year-over-year improvement; capturing cost reduction and deliberate improvement ideas for further consideration and development; leading on-shift improvement initiatives. 
  • Team Development and Engagement— The Shift Manager is a team builder and a performance coach. The Shift Manager will enhance employee engagement by providing leadership and direction to the shift, insure implementation of individual team member training programs in coordination with the Learning Leaders, assign responsibility for tasks and decisions amongst the crew, give specific recognition and feedback for each team member; complete area engagement plans, listen and respond to employee issues, insure personnel issues on crew are addressed. 


Physical Demands / Working Environment: 

  • Must be able to wear all required safety equipment (PPE). 
  • Must be able to perform required duties in a mill/manufacturing setting. 
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends as required for project implementation. 


Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Five or more years experience in manufacturing is required, with experience in Paper Machine, Pulp Mill or Utilities operations highly preferred.
  • The qualified candidate will be a self-starter and have the ability to set expectations and motivate Top Operators and their crews toward meeting mill and department objectives.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills are vital to this position.
  • The individual selected will be required to complete the First Line Leader proficiency curriculum, which includes that he/she attend future sessions of IP Leadership I and First Line Leader classes and complete ME White Belt certification.

Key Competencies:

 Customer Focus, Managing and Measuring, Organizing, Planning, Priority Setting, Process Management, Conflict Management, Confronting Direct Reports, Delegation, Directing Others, Informing, Integrity & Trust, Listening, Motivating Others, Drive for Results, Sizing Up People, Building Effective Teams, Action Oriented, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Learning on the Fly, Problem Solving, Standing Alone

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.
Vicksburg  MS  39156

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Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Jun 17, 2024

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