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Paper Manufacturing Excellence Leader


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Position Title: 

Area Manufacturing Excellence Leader – Paper


Pay Rate:


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:

The Area Manufacturing Excellence Leader (AMEL) is a senior process engineer that reports directly to the Business Unit Manager (BUM), and will be assigned to the Finished Products Department at the Vicksburg Mill.  The ME Leader is directly responsible for the Manufacturing Excellence process, which includes year-over-year (YOY) continuous improvement in the areas of safety, quality, productivity, reliability and cost reduction. They are a dedicated resource for improvement projects in their assigned operating area or mill wide, as necessary.  The expectation is that a minimum of 70% of the ME Leader’s time will involve activities related to Cost Reduction and Deliberate Improvement. The ME Leader must ensure close coordination with resources at all levels of the organization, including Business Unit Managers, Area Managers, and the “improve” resources, to ensure the department’s improvement plan is coordinated and cohesive.

The AMEL is responsible for developing future leaders.  They will have a varying number of REACH and Process Engineers reporting to them.  The development process will include training, coaching and mentoring the engineers in mill operations and International Paper manufacturing excellence processes.

  • Engage team in safety leadership efforts and encourage/support safe work practices in mill
  • Ensure ME principles are properly utilized in daily operations for continuous improvement
  • Lead Cost Reduction/Deliberate Improvement project identification and execution in Business Unit
  • Support identification and validation of R-Gap and A-Gap opportunities in Business Unit
  • Assist MME and BUM in developing department’s annual and long term gap closure plan for identified opportunities and incorporating in the Budget + 4
  • Drive mill initiatives in the department to engage employees in improvement/sustain activities
  • Lead/provide ME support to project teams on budget initiatives (deliberate and continuous)
  • Coordinates the identification, developmental, and successful implementation by results tracking  of cost reduction opportunities, both capital and non-capital
  • Support/Mentor GB, YB and WB trainees during certification
  • Support RCFA champion for Fibers Area
  • Advocate for sustainable improvement practices and systems
  • Mentor and advocate to support department’s 5S effort
  • Develop REACH engineers as future operations and maintenance leaders.


The Skills You Will Bring:

It is required that the Manufacturing Excellence Leader role be filled by an individual with a strong manufacturing management background and a track record of achieving consistent, significant results through systems and teams.

  • B.S. in Engineering, Business, related degree or experience
  • Manufacturing management experience (First Line Leader, Operations Maintenance Coordinator or Area Manager) is highly preferred
  • Experience with continuous improvement concepts and tools is required
  • Candidate will be expected to become IP Green Belt certified if not already
  • Possess good written and oral communication skills
  • Possess strong computer knowledge and skills that include experience with spreadsheets, word processing, and Minitab (and/or other statistical analysis software)
  • Key Competencies:  Managerial Courage, Perspective, Motivating Others , Customer Focus, Learning on the Fly, Organizational Agility, Interpersonal Savvy, Developing Others, Building Effective Teams, Process Management, Organizing, Planning, Managing and Measuring Work, Presentation Skills, and Conflict Management.


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 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.
Vicksburg  MS  39156

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Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  Mar 31, 2024

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