Paper Mill Production Manager - St. Paul, MN

Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

About WestRock
WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at

Paper Mill Production Manager - St. Paul, MN

2250 Wabash Ave
St Paul, Minnesota, 55114
United States

The opportunity:


Responsible for all aspects of the Boxboard Paper Mill performance including safety, environmental, quality & customer satisfaction, cost, production, maintenance planning, financial results, capital project support, machine scheduling support, and people development. This position reports to the Paper Mill Manager.




How you will impact WestRock:


  • Safety – Lead safety systems and processes that support achieving our continually improving annual goals. Assure a safe, engaged, and highly motivated workforce by providing role modeling and leadership in safety by communicating safety consistently, and exercising accountability while providing fair and equal treatment.

  • Environmental – support department environmental management systems to ensure compliance and environmental stewardship while working closing with the St. Paul Mill Environmental Department.

  • Quality/Customer Satisfaction – focus on the “no fail basics” of quality and service coupled with innovation to provide winning solutions to our customers.

  • Cost – Develop and maintain methods for tracking and reducing chemical and operational costs.

  • Production – Optimize paper machines to maximize the mill’s production while continually increasing Paper Machine uptime % and productivity while reducing off quality.

  • Financial Budget/Results – Work closely with department managers to develop budgets and analyze. financial results to look for opportunities for improving machine and department profitability.

  • Capital Execution – Provide input and support for capital projects from inception through completion.

  • Strategic Planning – Initiate and facilitate improvement projects within the department focusing on strategic initiatives to reduce cost, increase productivity and/or improve quality.

  • People Development - Invest in our People to help them develop and operate at their full potential.

  • Employee/Labor Relations – Build positive relations based on the WestRock culture of trust, respect and empowering employees to always do the right thing.


    Key Behaviors

  • Create an environment of mutual respect and trust for our co-workers and customers.

  • Empower and engage co-workers to improve our safety and productivity and lower our cost to produce.

  • Satisfy our customers every time.

  • Do the right thing for WestRock – always.

  • High sense of urgency.

  • Attention to detail; develop and follow Standard Operating Procedures and processes to reduce human errors. 


     What you need to succeed:


  • B.S. Degree with 5 plus years of Paper Mill experience or equivalent combination of education and experience with at least 2 years at the Paper Machine Assistant Superintendent or above level.

  • Must be a strong leader with demonstrated skills in interpersonal skills, customer service, communication and high sense of urgency and attention to detail.

  • Must work well in Teams, both as a Team Leader and Team Member.

  • Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Office products.


    Additional Preferred Qualifications:


  • Preferred paper making cylinder experience.

  • Understanding of Folding Box Plant operation.

  • Customer visits and/or interaction experience.


    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.

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