Paper Machine Department Manager - Tacoma, WA

Tacoma | Washington | United States

About WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at

Paper Machine Department Manager - Tacoma, WA

801 E Portland Ave
Tacoma, Washington, 98421
United States

The opportunity:


Responsible for managing the Paper Mill Department that includes two Paper Machines, Stock Prep and OCC Plant.  Responsible for all activities in the department including safety, environmental, quality & customer satisfaction, cost, production, maintenance planning, financial budgets & results, capital project support, people development, and employee & labor relations.


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 and environmental efforts; communicating safety consistently, accountability while providing fair and equal treatment.
  • Environmental – Lead department environmental management systems to ensure compliance and environmental stewardship while working closing with the Tacoma 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
  • CostDevelop and maintain methods for tracking and reducing chemical and operational costs.
  • Production – Optimize paper machine schedules to maximize the mill’s production while continually increasing Paper Machine uptime % and productivity while reducing off quality.
  • Financial Budget/Results – Work closely with Mill Controller and Leadership team to develop budgets and analyze financial results to look for opportunities for improving mill profitability
  • Capital ExecutionProvide input to 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 10 plus years of Paper Mill experience or equivalent combination of education and experience with at least 5 years at the Paper Machine 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 White Top paper making and OCC Plant experience

  • Understanding of Box Plant Corrugator 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.


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


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