Career Opportunities

June 3, 2015

Search North America has been engaged in professional search and recruiting for clients in the forest products and related industries since 1978. We are increasing the direction of our focus on positions involving raw material acquisition, production, maintenance, sales of high quality forest products and engineering / technical service for forest products-based firms and ask for your help in filling these search assignments for our clients. Candidates must be qualified to perform and generate POSITIVE RESULTS! Note: The following U.S.-based positions require U.S. citizenship, a current U.S. work visa or green card.


Sales and Marketing Positions

Building Contractor Yard Sales Representative
Central Oregon based building materials contractor yard senior management is seeking to expand their sales force due to significant residential and commercial growth in the region. Current sales exceed $25 M/year. Note: Central Oregon has been rated as one of the top 10 fastest housing growth areas in the United States. Monthly sales target for the candidate is $300K plus. Selected candidate must have 3+ years of building contractor sales experience. Solid customer development skills with builders are essential. In later years, the client will be able to increase income for selected candidate through a very attractive commission program. (Search Assignment #6374)

Operations Management Positions

Lumber Operations Production Superintendent
Base compensation to $110,000 plus. Due to a recent promotion, a major US based integrated forest products producer is seeking a skilled manager to oversee all phases of the operation, from log yard to lumber shipping operations at a multi-mill conversion site in the Pacific NW. The focus is on improving KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) with an emphasis on safety and operator cross training. Demonstrated leadership skills within an existing sawmill complex are essential. Knowledge and use of MS Word, Excel, lumber tracking and the use of CMMS are also essential for the selected candidate. (Search Assignment #6353)

Plywood Finish End / Shipping Superintendent
Annual compensation to $100,000. Pacific NW plywood producer is seeking a skilled supervisor (5 yrs exp. minimum / 4 yr degree preferred) to oversee all phases of certified specialty plywood operations. This highly visible assignment is focused beyond daily management. Other duties include safety, training, capital projects, and preventative maintenance oversight. Selected candidate could achieve plant management status within 5-10 yrs. The ideal candidate could have a 4 yr track record in plywood quality control supervision. (Search Assignment #6373)

Lumber Quality Control Supervisor
Base compensation to $88,000 plus. Pacific NW integrated sawmill and plywood complex is seeking to improve raw material quality control issues from the log yard (sorting) to final lumber shipping. Selected candidate should have solid analytical skills in all phases of structural lumber production including log-grade to lumber recover achievements. Key strengths include computing RTL (Return to Log) values, WWPA grading agency specs, leadership and teamwork skills, machine target sizes, moisture control procedures and use of Excel, optimization and simulation software. Four year degree desirable.

Due to future retirements within this multi-mill complex, an excellent opportunity exists for promotion based on positive operations results generated by the selected candidate. (Search Assignment #6354)

Specialty Lumber and Post Products… Mill Operations Manager
Compensation is competitive based on experience and includes an attractive performance bonus. NY State based independent forest products company is seeking a manager to oversee all phases of a 30 MMBF sawmill operation from log receiving to shipping. Selected candidate must have a skillset focused on abilities to oversee all phases of daily operations. Over time, the operation will be expanded to double current output of this profitable business owned by an absentee owner. Selected candidate must have demonstrated experience in leadership, training, safety, maintenance, process improvement, capital budgeting, and long-term planning in log-to-green lumber conversion and/or post pealing businesses. This unique opportunity affords the selected candidate to manage a business unit with significant upside potential over the long-term. Solid communication skills are necessary so the selected candidate can work well with the absentee owner, hourly employees, log suppliers and key customers. (Search Assignment #6340)


Maintenance and Support Positions

Lead Millwright / Electrician
Wage rate up to $27/hr, plus overtime. Specialty sawmill complex in Western Oregon is seeking a first-line supervisor to oversee and manage all green lumber maintenance operations. Annual income could exceed $75K, plus a generous heath benefit package. Skillset for selected candidate includes leadership, millwright cross training, parts and supplies administration, knowledge of CMMS applications, some electrical controls maintenance experience, and the ability to work weekends if necessary. Privately owned firm rewards portion of corporate profit sharing, which could amount to 7% of the annual income for all employees working for the firm for at least one year. (Search Assignment #6372)

Sawmill Maintenance Supervisor
Base compensation to $80,000 plus. High-speed sawmill complex is seeking a skilled manufacturing maintenance supervisor to oversee all phases of their mechanical and electrical preventative maintenance services. Selected candidate must have five years of shift maintenance planning and crew supervision experience. Skillset incudes safety, cross training, use of MS Office, problem solving and solid verbal/written communications. Complex is investing over $5M in machinery improvements. Supervisor will report directly to the Maintenance Superintendent who will co-ordinate construction and startup for the project. Excellent promotion opportunities with a company that has five processing facilities in the U.S. NCO vets are encouraged to apply. (Search Assignment #6370)

Electronic Controls Analyst / Technician
Base compensation to $93,000 plus. Multi-plant forest products firm is seeking a skilled technician to service Programmable Logic Controls (PLC’s), Variable frequency drives (VFD’s), and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI’s) in a high production sawmill complex located in Minnesota. Company is investing over $5M in upgrading the log breakdown green end portion of the plant site. Automation, reducing manpower and increasing high-grade production, is the goal of the plant management team. This job could evolve into more service opportunities at other mill sites. NCO vets are encouraged to apply. (Search Assignment #6369)

Electrical Maintenance Supervisor
Compensation to $85,000 plus bonus package. Oregon-based lumber producer is seeking a skilled supervisor with 5+ years experience to oversee state-of-the-art facility maintenance activities, from power distribution through PLC troubleshooting. Focus is on safety, quality control and machinery upgrades. Added skills include electronic/electrical cross-training, spare parts ordering and inventory. Excellent benefit and retirement package furnished to the selected candidate. NCO vets are encouraged to apply. (Search Assignment #6363)

Sawfiler Systems Supervisor
Weekly income $3,500, plus travel expenses. Successful timber/sawmill consulting firm with annual sales exceeding $4 M, is seeking to expand staff with a highly experienced supervisor skilled in setting up round and double cut band saw filing rooms and hiring/training operators in a safe manner for client companies throughout the U.S. and offshore. Owner has demonstrated success in designing, constructing and starting up new and upgraded hardwood/softwood sawmill complexes. This rare opportunity is offered to a highly qualified sawfiler supervisor seeking to advance lumber processing operations. Since this is a consulting opportunity, no health or retirement benefits are offered. This is a unique opportunity, especially for a person about to retire within the next 20 years. (Search Assignment #6361)

Reman Plant Maintenance Supervisor
Compensation to $85,000, plus bonus up to 20%. Specialty wood products plant in Western Oregon is seeking to upgrade their maintenance team with a proactive supervisor skilled in all phases of electrical controls and mechanical maintenance. Selected candidate must be skilled in applying CMMS functions, sub-contractor supervision focus on process improvement upgrades, cross-training and safety. This multi-plant international producer is seeking to improve succession planning approaches in the HR area. Excellent long-term opportunities exist for advancement. NCO vets are encouraged to apply. (Search Assignment #6360)

Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW Mills: $21-$30/hr, plus Overtime Benefits
Attention NCO Vets: Skilled mechanical and electrical NCO techs serving in the USN or USAF.....  Due to the pending retirements of maintenance technicians within our client companies, a critical need exists for skilled technicians with preventative maintenance skills to service high-tech mill operations. Please call Carl Jansen, an 8 year veteran in the USN and USAF, to discuss your background for a potential fit to work for our clients after you retire. Leadership, organizational, and technical skills in hydraulics, pneumatics and/or rotating machinery, or process control systems are essential. (Search Assignment #6332)


Engineering Positions

Corporate Engineering Manager
Base salary to $140,000 and overall compensation package negotiable. Our client, a major bioenergy industrial equipment design, fabricator and installer, is seeking an engineering candidate to oversee the project engineering, design and support staff functions.

This newly created position requires a degreed engineer with unique engineering management skills, a talent to interface with the potential customers; sales, fabrication and assembly staff besides the department's engineers and designers. The department has computer based resources including AutoCAD, Inventor, MS Office and general engineering software (electrical and mechanical) to support a focus on streamlining the process towards simplifying and shortening the engineering costs for specific projects. Current concerns relate to high engineering costs and loss of potential customer sales due to time delays from initial specs to final drawings. Projects range from $1M to $60M in value. Considering current moderate economic conditions, the firm's market segment is growing globally.

The selected candidate will focus on increasing project throughput while maintaining high engineering design quality, equipment safety, efficiencies and reliability. The need is to increase engineering design simplicity utilizing advance computer based system approaches, trained and motivated personnel, allowing existing system designs to be incorporated into future projects. Project engineering man-hour levels must be reduced to increase project throughput with existing personnel. Selected candidate must have demonstrated these achievements working with existing or past employers. (Search Assignment #6230)


Administrative Positions

Purchasing Manager
Base compensation to $85,000, plus. Upper Midwest forest products manufacturing complex is seeking a skilled industrial parts and supply candidate to oversee all phases of purchasing, transportation, management, and timely supply of materials to the maintenance and production crews. Plant is spending over $5M in high tech machinery upgrades. Candidate will report directly to the plant manager. Key relationships include working with the maintenance and production superintendents and the maintenance planner (CMMS), and staff. Skill set requirements include supply contract negotiations, just-in-time supply management, and managing warranty issues on installed equipment. Solid written and verbal communication skills are also essential. Excellent employment and retirement benefit package is offered by this multi-plant public corporation. (Search Assignment #6371)

Be sure to visit other pages on our website for career information, resume preparation, articles regarding our industry and personal development. Search North America has many other opportunities with our client firms for qualified supervisors and managers in the electrical/mechanical maintenance, operations, engineering, administrative, sales and marketing fields. We serve clients throughout North America who produce softwood/hardwood lumber, softwood/hardwood plywood, laminated veneer lumber, oriented strandboard, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, engineered wood products, and cutstock/remanufactured wood products as well as wood processing equipment, energy generation, resin and chemical producers. For a confidential discussion or further information contact Carl Jansen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at 541/593-2777. We look forward to hearing from you!


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