Assistant Papermill Superintendent - Covington, VA

Covington | Virginia | United States

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Assistant Papermill Superintendent - Covington, VA

104 East Riverside St
Covington, Virginia, 24426-1238
United States


The Paper Mill Assistant Superintendent supports the efforts of C1 and C2 Paper Machines to produce quality products in a safe, productive environment, and in a correct and cost efficient manner. He/she is expected to identify opportunities and organize efforts to improve the paper machine overall performance by gathering information from the Operators, Foremen, Engineers, Operation Supervisors, Product Development, Supervisors and Superintendents. This position will have primary responsibility and direct accountability for C1 and C2 Paper Machine performance, but may be involved in Paper Mill department operations or projects as needed.

Review of production and quality results on a daily basis and assist Paper Machine and Finishing and Shipping teams with problem-solving efforts
Assist the Superintendents on managing production resources and interface with other departments to maintain efficient Paper Mill operations
Identifies performance gaps early using leading industry standards and works with areas to get back on track
Makes frequent inspections / audits of equipment, processes, and procedures in the field
Participation in the department production meetings. Reporting on safety, quality, productivity, environmental concerns and improvement initiatives
Work with Superintendents to develop annual goals with emphasis on safety, environment, quality, production, cost, and provide performance feedback to workforce
Support the continuing personal and professional development of department members. Lead overall hourly training program to ensure competency at all job levels.
Ensure proper company/union relations according to the current labor contract. Participate in problem discussions and resolution. Conduct grievance hearings at the second step, with Superintendents.
Assist with administration of the capital budget for the entire Paper Mill department. Work with department supervisors and engineering to establish priorities. Assist Engineering Department on capital improvement projects and participate in the review of Engineering designs and drawings as needed.
Lead improvement projects in safety, quality, productivity, and cost for the department. Participate as department rep on mill wide teams as needed
Assume Paper Mill Superintendent responsibilities in his/her absence.
Optimize various systems, policies, and procedures that apply to all Paper Machines and align with other mill departments.
Support development of operating financial plan for the department and monthly variance analysis
Support SOP, GOP development for the department to maintain ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 compliance
Take call duty for PM as scheduled and when needed


Must have a college degree or at least ten years of supervisory experience in a papermaking related position
Must have leadership experience and capability to drive changes for improvement and operator accountability
Must have ability to find and grow operational and leadership talent within the organization
Significant experience with paper machine operations
General understanding of mill-wide operations and interdependency
Understand the MeadWestvaco Quality Management System and Environmental Management system
Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels of the organization
Must be able to clearly define objectives and be effective in involving others in the achievement of those objectives
Must be able to organize and facilitate improvement teams
Must be dedicated to continuous improvement in the paper mill department in all areas, but with special emphasis on safety, quality, environment, production, and cost
Understand financial aspects of paper machine operations and various cost drivers

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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