International Paper Web Methods System Engineer in MEMPHIS, Tennessee

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This position is a member of the dev/ops team delivering technical implementations of IP’s middleware. They are accomplished at delivering connectivity software solutions and services across IP’s and our trading partners’ diverse system environments. They also provide significant contributions toward improving connectivity quality and lower business costs.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Directs the adoption, engineering, and maintenance of connectivity technologies

  • Develops software products to manage and automate connectivity development and infrastructure processes; and to provide the businesses with the speed and flexibility needed to manage customer and supplier electronic business documents

  • Participate in and lead peer code reviews

  • Works with internal and external application system providers to engineer end to end connectivity solutions

  • Coordinates server, data base, and network infrastructure installations, upgrades, and maintenance

  • Directs connectivity related problem resolutions across Technical Services, Application Systems, and third party service providers such as Liaison and Paymetric

  • Mentors and supports the Technical Services Middleware staff, Connectivity Engineers, and Connectivity Integration Developers

  • Member of the 24-7-365 on-call rotation for operational support.

Key Challenges:

The external environment, including technology, competition, markets:

  • Connectivity technologies are constantly evolving and will change radically over the next five years.

  • Preventing the lack of current technology and skills within the industry from delaying the realization of connectivity benefits

The internal environment, including interaction with others, (both inside and outside the company) policies/practices:

  • Existing application systems present significant connectivity challenges

  • Planning for the migration from current technology to the future without disrupting business

  • Supporting the rapid change in business processes and application systems

The work itself, e.g., problems, opportunities, change:

  • The scope of both technical and business knowledge required

  • Keeping pace with technology advancements and choosing the correct long-term solutions

  • Accomplishing tasks through virtual organizations rather than direct reports


Connectivity has become mission critical to IP’s operations. Supply chain automation is becoming a requirement for conducting business with our trading partners. This position will provide connectivity for all information and application systems within a specific business or project, maximizing the return on IP’s initial 17 million dollar investment in connectivity technology (Project Conectere).

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Engineering Degree in Computer Science (as opposed to information systems)

  • Extensive knowledge of webMethods and other middleware products including features, configuration, performance tuning, debugging, and internal design

  • Extensive experience applying connectivity concepts including service oriented architectures (SOA) , message queuing systems, document exchanges, plus security and encryption

  • Five years’ experience developing commercial level software products employing windows and web user interfaces, distributed object component design, and relational databases

  • Five years’ experience with system management processes

  • Five years experience maintaining UNIX and Windows Server operating systems

  • Five years’ experience administering Oracle

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and team skills

  • Ability to conceptualize solutions, constructively debate alternatives, and build consensus

  • Strategic agility

  • Comfort around business and IT management

  • Business acumen

  • Able to work in an unstructured, changing environment

  • Extensive conceptual understanding of information technology

  • Strong drive to learn and achieve

  • Ability to analyze, synthesize and communicate abstract concepts

  • Recognizes opportunities to transform the business with technology


  • Advanced degree in Computer Science

  • Extensive peer network with outside companies, consultants, and universities

  • Expert level experience in each of the following areas:

  • Web Services

  • Web Development – HTML5, CSS3, Javscript and Jquery

  • Service Oriented Architectures

  • Internet Technologies

  • Messaging Technologies

  • Connectivity Solution Design

  • Architecture and Planning

  • Project Management

  • Connectivity Technology Knowledge

  • WebMethods

  • JScape

  • Java and .Net Development Environments

  • ODBC

  • XML

  • Object and Data Design

  • Distributed System and Mainframe Concepts

  • Application Servers (CICS, .net, J2EE)

  • Familiarity with IP Corporate, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing Application Systems

  • Papers (including Brazil)

  • Container (including Europe)

  • Container Board

Organizational Relationship:

This position reports to the Solution Engineering Manager. The Solution Engineering Manager reports to the Connectivity Solutions Manager.

International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.