Shift Leader/ Supervisor

Columbia Pulp I, LLC is looking for an experienced Leader to join our team for an exciting new opportunity. The Shift Leader is responsible for the Operations shift's performance in safety, product quality, production output, housekeeping, cost control, employee relations and the environmental elements. This individual will need to utilize exceptional leadership competencies to build a shift team that safely meets/exceeds facility objectives at the lowest cost consistent with operating requirements.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Production - Ascertains assigned production goals at the start of the shift, assigns personnel and determines the use of machines to achieve goals. Arranges for the flow of raw material and finished product. Monitors progress during the shift and facilitate appropriate adjustments. Coordinates with Maintenance personnel for equipment optimization and repair. Participates in analyzing equipment and machinery and making changes/recommendations to lower costs and improve operating performance.

Communication - Creates an open problem-solving climate throughout the department. Understands and communicates business strategy, goals and initiatives to employees

Employee Relations - Interviews and evaluates prospective employees; evaluates, prepares and deliver performance appraisals; initiates disciplinary action as required; hears and responds to employee concerns; trains motivates, encourages and leads workforce in continuous improvement process efforts.

Administration - Prepares and submits shift logs, production and inventory reports, time records and other reports on shift activities as requested. Submits work order notifications, work, and safety guidelines.

Team Building - Creates an environment where employees are empowered to identify and recommend solutions to issues through the effective use of team building skills. Fosters employee involvement in teams and willing to listen to input from team members. Provides support not only as a member but also as a resource to all teams. Coaches and develops future talent.

Cost - Conducts operations so as to meet established cost standards for use of raw materials, utilities, labor, and supplies. Through continuous improvement process, identifies the most efficient use of labor, equipment, and material. Training and education of employees are oriented to the development of the most efficient use of machines and materials and understanding of requirements which must be followed. Contributes to plant cost reduction efforts.

Safety - Pro-active in maintaining a safe and productive environment for the assigned shift/department which includes: thoroughly training new employees on how to work safely, recognize hazards, understand safety rules that apply and consequences of non- compliance; ensure necessary safety equipment and protective devices are provided/used; enforce safety rules; have adequate self-inspection program for safety; take prompt corrective action when unsafe conditions or acts are identified; investigate all accidents and develop corrective action; see that all injuries are reported promptly; conduct weekly safety meetings for all employees; actively participate in monthly safety training; give full support to all safety procedures and activities; fulfill all training requirements (i.e. Hazard Communication, Lock-out/Tag-out); assign safety lock-out devices to personnel; in emergencies, direct control efforts of employees and order their safe evacuation.

Quality- Requires employees to follow all provisions of operating instructions and good manufacturing practices. Monitors quality of output and takes appropriate action, including the shutdown of the process, to prevent or limit the production of the off-grade material. Conducts investigations to determine the causes of quality defects.

Housekeeping - Assigns housekeeping tasks to employees so as to maintain the plant in a neat and orderly condition. Cooperates with other shifts in housekeeping endeavors.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering (Paper Science & Engineering) or related field or equivalent related experience.
  • Three to five years of production experience, pulp, and paper industry preferred
  • Prior Supervisory experience required, 24/7 operations preferred
  • Process improvement and process safety management experience preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in team-building, excellent communication, and interpersonal skills to motivate, encourage, train, direct, lead and coach employees
  • Technically proficient to troubleshoot mechanical and chemical upsets
  • Capable of acting as first responder and incident commander for plant emergencies
  • Strong attention to detail with a proven track record of process documentation, shut down/startup experience preferred
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively
  • Mechanical ability is a plus
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