International Paper Finished Products Technical Assistant in PENSACOLA MILL, Florida

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit

The Pensacola Mill is currently seeking a Technical Assistant (TA) for the Finished Products Business Unit.

Position Scope:

The Finished Products TA is a technical and operational assistant for the Finished Products Business Unit in a fully integrated pulp and paper mill. The Finished Products Business Unit consists of a linerboard machine, a fluff pulp machine, warehousing/shipping, production planning, and quality. The TA is a resource for all facets of day to day operations to build long-term operational stability and equipment/process reliability. Responsibilities will also include the direction of technical resources and process experts who support the area. This position reports directly to the Finished Products Business Unit Manager.

Position Responsibilities:

The Finished Products Technical Assistant will be heavily involved in a broad spectrum of areas including operations, maintenance, technical, and people.

  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results

  • Deliver the highest quality finished product to our customers

  • Participate and lead within the structure of the mill’s quality management system (QMS)

  • Support the Quality Manager in investigating issues and resolving problems as they apply to the manufacturing process

  • Develop tools and systems to maintain compliance with all applicable environmental permitting and ensure all environmental compliance systems are reliable and accurate (NCG, air, water, etc.)

  • Support training processes in Finished Products in alignment with GMTI to ensure a pool of highly skilled team members

  • Build effective systems and materials such as operating procedures (SOP), troubleshooting documents (TCC), and other training materials

  • Support engagement processes to ensure the crews have ownership and feel valued within the organization

  • Coordinate within the Finished Products Business Unit and other business units to optimize area production to meet the needs of the department and the mill, including process balances as needed (e.g. upset conditions and outages)

  • Complete technical process evaluations and improvements

  • Seek out and implement best practices using teams, databases, vendors, and other technical resources

  • Support the manufacturing work systems (MWS) process to prioritize and plan daily work, routine outages, and annual outages including operational, maintenance, and contractor tasks

  • Coordinate outage and other routine work as needed, which may include review of bid proposals and planned spending to ensure maximum value is achieved

  • Serve as a contractor coordinator (owner’s rep) as required

  • Support improvements in a healthy and highly functioning basic care process

  • Lead ongoing improvement efforts in reliability pacesetter elements

  • Participate in the 5S program for the area, including leading 5S improvement projects as needed

  • Participate in cost reduction program idea generation and implementation process

  • Provide support for capital project development and implementation

  • Implement systems to improve/sustain results, including PI processbook pages, excel spreadsheet tools, Proficy based centerlining systems, etc.

  • Provide support for budgeting cycle targeted at delivering year over year savings

  • Fulfill weekend duty team leadership role for Finished Products

  • Lead and sustain continual improvement on Manufacturing Excellence culture within Finished Products

  • Fill in for Finished Products Area Process Managers as needed

Desired Skills:

Successful candidate should have the ability to:

  • 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

  • Possess Manufacturing Excellence (ME) certification of white or green belt

  • Utilize strong organizational skills to handle multiple tasks effectively

Required Experience:

Three (3) to five (5) years post college experience with minimum two (2) years operation experience in pulp and paper industry. Experience in paper machine operation is strongly preferred. Technical degree in engineering and some supervisory experience is preferred.

Pay Level (PL) may vary depending on experience.

Desired Competencies:

Customer Focus, Organizing, Planning, Priority Setting, Process Management, Managing Through Systems, TQM/Reengineering, Confronting Direct Reports and Others, Developing Direct Reports and Others, Directing Others, Integrity and Trust, Listening, Motivating Others, Drive for Results, Sizing up People, Building Effective Teams, Understanding Others, Action Oriented, Business Acumen, Command Skills, Conflict Management, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Learning on the Fly, Managerial Courage, Managing and Measuring Work, Problem Solving, Standing Alone.

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