Assistant Paper Machine Superintendent

Pulp & Paper
April 7, 2022
Southeast, United States of America
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Job Summary:

The Paper Machine Assistant Superintendent provides support to the operations of two paper machines to expand the capabilities of the process and personnel, and to sustain best in class operating and cost performance. The person in this role is heavily involved in operator training and development and the identification and execution of process improvement projects, while assisting with the day-to-day operations on the paper machines. The Paper Machine Assistant Superintendent leads troubleshooting problems occurring with the paper making processes under the direction of the Paper Machine Superintendents.


Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist production teams in day-to -day operation of the stock prep and paper department supporting throughput of two high speed paper machines.
  • Be a safety role model.
  • Assist in monthly and annual outage planning.
  • Develop sound operator instruction documents, such as grade recipes, operator round checklists, SOPs, and LOPs.
  • Apply data analysis techniques to aid in performance improvements.
  • Effectively communicate production team needs between functional groups.
  • Lead document management and retention to ensure proper training documents and related safety documents are current.
  • Lead daily operational meetings.
  • Manage department critical tools, such as the paper machine camera system and the pulp mill screen integrity PMs as well as the DMS.
  • Develop and continually update center-lining tools with operator input.
  • Assist the Paper Machine Superintendent on machine down days.
  • Serve as a back-up for the Shift Operations Managers.

Critical Skills / Capabilities:

  • Leadership: Leads and motivates people to achieve performance excellence; ability to read people and situations and adjust approach accordingly; proactively leads and enforces initiatives that drive organizational effectiveness.
  • Decision-Making: Uses strong problem-solving skills with supporting information to arrive at optimal decisions in an appropriate timeframe; knows when to decide and/or when to seek additional input and how to drive for consensus.
  • Problem-Solving: Applies knowledge to frame, simplify, and solve complex issues; focuses on identifying root causes to create solutions in a timely and decisive manner; reconciles conflicting and/or incomplete information to develop solutions.
  • Strategic Thinking: Develops short and long-term courses of action that support the organization's overall vision and mission; balances business, technical, and operational issues when determining a strategy; identifies problems with current strategies and suggests ways to resolve them; incorporates knowledge of goals/strategy as well as competitive, customer, supplier, industry, or marketplace trends into strategic plans; capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
  • Communication: Creates and delivers engaging presentations to internal and external audiences; develops new communication strategies and approaches to communicate data, insights, and critical messages resulting in clear understanding.
  • Negotiation: Takes a lead role in negotiating issues with others in routine or non-complex situations; identifies and removes barriers to agreements; tries multiple strategies/actions to persuade others; discusses/considers alternatives, persuades others toward a specific course of action, and bargains for win-win solutions; provides input into future negotiation processes or strategies.
  • Conflict Resolution: Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations; manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

Technical Skills:

  • Microsoft Office - Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Project, etc.
  • Experience in JDE, PI, Qlikview, and CMMS


  • 1-3 years’ experience in a scheduling or manufacturing environment
  •  Proven safety leadership
  • Proven track record of driving continuous improvement
  • Understanding of the ISO process
  • Experience in developing Manufacturing Best Practice documents, such as recipes, SOPs, and center-lines
  • Ability to work across departments to accomplish mill goals
  • Clear and concise communication skills
  • Understanding of a 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year operation
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Lead people/supervise people


  • Required: High School Diploma with at least 10 years in a leadership role in an industrial environment.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in engineering (chemical, mechanical, civil)
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