Process Control Manager - Panama City, FL

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Process Control Manager - Panama City, FL

4506-Panama City Mill

One Everitt Ave
Panama City, Florida, 32401
United States

Process Control Manager – Panama City, FL

The opportunity:

The Process Control Manager leads the Process Control Department and controls strategy for the Panama City, FL facility. The Process Control Department is staffed with Engineers and Technicians who are responsible for:


  • Developing advanced control strategies to optimize mill operations.


  • Maintaining/optimizing DCS Process Control systems throughout the mill.


  • Maintaining/optimizing Quality Control Systems on paper machines.


  • Maintaining/optimizing Web Inspection Systems on paper machines.


  • Leading or supporting product, quality, and cost improvement projects with process control or online product measurement systems.


  • Pursue the future vision of the mill wide control system


  • Manage and support IT systems for the mill.


How you will impact WestRock:


  • Direct supervisor of all Process Control Systems including the Process Control Department personnel.  This also includes establishment and oversight of any 3rd party service agreements and contract personnel.


  • Operating budget and cost control responsibility for the department. Works with operations to jointly develop and control budgets for measurement/control hardware and services.


  • Leads and coordinates the following activities for the Process Control Group:


o  All safety performance compliance, audits and participation in various proactive safety processes.


o  Efforts to maintain reliability and optimize performance of DCS, QCS and WIS, throughout the mill. In cooperation with mill, vendor and service provider resources, performs preventive and corrective maintenance on DCS, QCS, and WIS.


o  Software changes and back-up of software within the DCS, QCS, and WIS.


    • Troubleshooting and monitoring of controls and processes.  Verify all control loops perform optimally and are in the proper control mode.
    • Process Control participation in various improvement teams and other optimization efforts. This includes safety, quality, efficiency, cost and organizational effectiveness improvement projects.

  • Maintaining required skills inventory and expertise within the department and ensuring that training needs of direct reports are met.


  • Supports the department in call duty as skill set/expertise dictates.

 What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor of Science in Pulp & Paper, Chemical or Electrical Engineering is preferred. 
Five to ten years of supervisory experience in Process Control arena could be considered in lieu of a degree. Paper Industry controls, QCS and WIS experience is significant to success.

  • Fundamental understanding and hands-on experience with process and quality control concepts, equipment, and processes in a manufacturing environment.


  • Prior supervisory/management/leadership experience over Process Control or online measurement/monitoring technical professionals is desired.


  • Be a change agent capable of leadership and proactive thinking that improves individual and team performance and behavior. Strong team skills in various roles – lead, mentor, participant.


  • Demonstrated effective organization, time management and communication skills. Ability to balance demands for routine, project and troubleshooting activities for self and coordination for up to 10 direct reports.


  • Ability to communicate/coordinate with different levels and multiple departments within the organization. Strong written/verbal communication skills and internal customer focus.


  • Demonstrated project management skills. Experience with all phases of capital project scoping and execution is desired.


  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills with ability to lead team improvement efforts, analyze data and recommend solutions. Experience/training in ISO, Lean Six Sigma, RCA or other structured problem-solving methodologies is a plus.


  • Strong computer skills overall along with abilities for statistical, analytical and diagnostic problem-solving skills.


  • Must be willing to perform in an on-call environment, including weekends and occasional altered work schedules.


What we offer:


  • C
orporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence


  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities


  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential


  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.



If this sounds great to you and you think you fit in, please submit your application. We want to hear from you!


WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans. 



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