February 26, 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
Mid-South / South-East Sawmill Equipment Sales Manager
Annual potential income can exceed $140,000. Major North American machinery manufacturer is seeking a skilled sales manager to support existing customer accounts and expand new business sales throughout the sawmill customer base, both softwoods and hardwoods. Selected candidate should have 5 plus years of successful sawmill equipment sales experience and be able to improve machine design specs between customers and manufacturers. Location is manager’s home office with significant support from the vendor’s manufacturing center. Travel and home office costs, including equipment show displays, paid by employer. Product line is very competitive (both in cost and features) within the sawmill equipment supply industry. (Search Assignment #6355)
Operations Management Positions
Timber Procurement Manager
Base compensation to $90,000 plus. Major North American log and lumber producer is seeking a skilled procurement manager to oversee 50 MMBF/yr log procurement activities in Western Oregon. From selected stumpage purchases, the focus is to supply 25 MMBF/yr of pole grade logs and the sale of surplus logs to local converters. Selected candidate should have experience in supervising field foresters, logging contractors, timber sales bidding practices, selling surplus log decks, contract negotiation and administration support. A four year forestry or related degree is essential for the selected candidate. (Search Assignment #6352)
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)
Lumber Quality Control Supervisor
Base compensation to $88,000. 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. 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. 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
Wood Remanufacturing Maintenance Manager
Annual compensation to $90,000, plus attractive benefits program. Pacific NW, private firm with 225 employees and 500,000 SF under roof is seeking a skilled manager to oversee all phases of maintenance support, from buildings to high tech wood machining equipment centers. Crew is composed of 30 multi-skilled personnel. The focus is on safety; continuous improvement of the machine centers (product quality, productivity and waste reduction); use of CMMS software; employee cross-training; and revising PLC programs as needed for order file changeups. Selected candidate must have a demonstrated record in safety, leadership, written/verbal communication skills, and be able to make good decisions under pressure. This company has a unique set of high quality wood-based products using state-of-the-art machinery. It is a leader in its customer markets. (Search Assignment #6367)
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. (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. (Search Assignment #6360)
Process Control Analyst / Maintenance Supervisor
Compensation to $100,000. Upper Midwest softwood sawmill complex is seeking a qualified candidate to oversee softwood upgrades on Allen Bradley and Schneider PLC’s, focused on machine optimizations. Tasks include improving the efficiency, uptime, recovery and accuracy of the mill by controlling the process automation systems. This will be accomplished by maintaining, improving, trouble-shooting, gathering information from the PLCs, electro mechanical devices, VFDs, servo positioning devices, HMIs, Sercos servo drives, instrumentation optimization software, measurement gathering systems, and moister collection systems (MC Pro- Signature Controls Systems) within the sawmill and planer complex.
Selected candidate will supervise and direct assigned maintenance functions, oversee day-to-day maintenance of plant equipment and organize/monitor work order processes. Candidate will also support the role of Maintenance Superintendent and serve as backup, filling in when Superintendent is absent. (Search Assignment #6351)
Boiler Chief / Kiln Operator
Compensation to $80,000 plus. Due to pending retirement, Upper Midwest softwood lumber production complex is seeking a skilled supervisor to oversee all phases of steam production and dry kiln operations. Tasks include operating boiler system and kilns in a safe, environmentally and quality focused manner... maintaining environmental compliance through technical competence and operation leadership... leading and coordinating operation and maintenance for the boiler/kiln and plant heating systems... and maximizing lumber quality through new drying innovations.
Navy vets with steam propulsion experience are encouraged to respond to this job opening. 5+ years of steam production supervision are essential. Other requirements include use of MS Excel and Word. (Search Assignment #6350)
Veneer Mill Maintenance Superintendent
Annual salary to $95,000. West Coast veneer plant owned by multi-plant plywood corporation seeking a results oriented leader to advance preventative maintenance procedures and to increase training and safety skills of millwrights and electricians. Other responsibilities include machinery upgrades in the state-of-the-art high production mill complex. Selected candidate should have sound leadership and organizational skills. Current superintendent is about to retire in early 2015. (Search Assignment #6347)
Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW Mills: $18-$30/hr
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)
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)
Candidates with a successful track record in personnel, human resources, safety, accounting or finance are encouraged to apply directly to Carl Jansen.
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