Assistant Pulp Mill Superintendent - Tacoma, WA

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Assistant Pulp Mill Superintendent - Tacoma, WA

801 E Portland Ave
Tacoma, Washington, 98421
United States

Assistant Pulp Mill Superintendent – Tacoma, WA

The opportunity:

Directly responsible to organize, train operators, direct manufacturing and supervisory activities for parts of the pulping and pulp drying operations consisting of chip thickness screening, continuous Kamyr digesters, Brownstock Washing/Screening, Bleach Plant, ClO2 Plant, Pulp Dryers, and Pulp Inventory/Shipping in a Kraft Pulp Mill. Major responsibility is for optimizing pulp production, profitability, and quality while assuring safety, environmental compliance and housekeeping are maintained for the 7-day, 24-hour operation. This position reports directly to the Pulp Mill Manager.


How you will impact WestRock:

  • The incumbent has department responsibility for meeting Safety, Environmental, production, cost, and quality standards of parts of a 1,200 tpd Kraft pulping operations that provides fiber to a 1,300 tpd Paper Mill and 300 tpd Pulp Dryers.


  • The incumbent has departmental responsibility for safety and housekeeping.  Managing programs for inspecting equipment and work practices for safety, providing safety training, and providing constructive employee discipline for safety violations are also the incumbent’s responsibility. Providing strong leadership in safety is essential for this position.


  • The incumbent has the responsibility to develop long-term operational plans for annual production forecasts.  Incumbent needs to maintain appropriate inventories, provide appropriate corrective actions that can be taken to minimize upsets to the plan or take full advantage of changes in production scheduling.


  • The position is responsible for developing plans and procedures to allow emergency and routine maintenance of equipment with minimum impact on production, quality, and the environment. 


  • Responsible for improvements in manufacturing processes.  The incumbent must keep abreast of new developments in the industry; evaluate their potential and how to apply in the Mill.  The position establishes process baselines, determines potential savings, and prepares justifications for new equipment for process modifications. The position also authorizes trials involving defoamers, polymers, composite control agents, and other chemical or raw materials to optimize operations by reducing costs or improving quality.


  • Support front line supervisors with process improvements, training materials & documentation and problem solving. Work with operations teams to increase reliability and productivity. Develops strong relationships with all levels of the organization.


  • Responsible for assuring processes and employees comply with state environmental standards.  This is accomplished by providing procedures, policies, and supervision for air and water emissions.


  • The incumbent assures maximum production and quality of work for planed field days and annual maintenance shutdowns by developing detailed shutdown/startup schedules that maximize production while providing maximum time for maintenance. Schedules also reduce impact on environment and chemical makeup by providing a balanced startup. Schedules are published early enough to provide maximum time for maintenance department planning.





What you need to succeed:


  • 5 - 10 years supervisory experience managing pulp processing equipment such as Kamyr digesters, Brownstock Washing/Screening, Bleach Plant, Chlorine Dioxide, and pulp drying in a Kraft Pulp Mill.

  • Must have thorough knowledge and understanding of all equipment within the department.

  • Demonstrated excellent leadership, organizational, and troubleshooting skills with high ethical standards and energy levels.

  • Must have excellent communication skills both written and verbal across all layers of the organization

  • Demonstrated skills in Word, Excel and Power Point.


  • 10 years supervisory experience in pulp or paper mill industry.

  • Knowledge in PSM process.


    Education and Formal Training


  • Technical Bachelor of Science Degree in related field or equivalent experience

  • Proficient in process control concepts and continuous improvement methods

  • Proficient in MS Office

  • Proficient in PI, PARCView, Capstone or comparable information system



    What we offer:


  • Corporate 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.


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




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