Career Opportunities

July 21, 2016

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.

Administrative Positions

Sawmill Site Controller
Base salary to $80K, plus incentives. Southeast sawmill complex is seeking a skilled plant controller, reporting to the plant manager, to supervise all phases of financial reporting, month-end closings, inventory and operations analysis, and annual budget preparations. Selected candidate must have a 4 year degree in business and 3+ years of accounting in a manufacturing setting. This is an excellent opportunity to advance with a progressive, forward thinking company. (Search Assignment #6390)


Sales and Marketing Positions

Panelboard OEM/Industrial Regional Sales Manager
Base salary to $95K, plus a 50% performance bonus package above the base. Major structural panelboard producer is seeking a candidate skilled in selling/marketing to existing accounts as well as securing new industrial customers in the Mid-Western and the Mid-Southern regions of the US. Selected candidate must have a 4-year degree in business or related field, and a positive track record in panelboard sales to OEM and other industrial customers in the Central US. Key skills include being a self-starter, and the ability to develop strong relationships with existing and potential industrial end-use customers (such as RV, mobile home, truck bed, and flush door manufacturers). Candidate must also be able to maximize sales productivity through solid time management in a home-based office environment. (Search Assignment #6402)


Operations Management Positions

Assistant Powerhouse Superintendent
Base salary to $75K plus, DOE. Due to a recent promotion, our forest products client in Oregon is seeking an assistant to oversee all phases of a 40MW cogen power plant operation for an integrated forest products facility. Key skillset includes: budget and cost controls, multi-shift supervision and operator training, maintenance coordination, etc. Selected candidate should have 3 plus years power plant supervision in either offshore or onshore operating site locations, and solid communication/leadership skills, as well as computer competency. US Navy vets are encouraged to apply. (Search Assignment #6407)


Maintenance and Support Positions

Manufacturing Plant Electrical Supervisor
Base salary to $80K plus, DOE. Mid-South sawmill complex with MSR quality control features is seeking a skilled manufacturing-based supervisor to oversee all phases of preventative maintenance, including PLC upgrades. Skillset includes 5 or more years experience in all phases of electrical maintenance, from low voltage to high voltage machinery. The focus is on reducing unscheduled downtime throughout the operation. (Search Assignment #6406)

PLC Sawmill/Planer Mill Technician
Base salary to $80K plus, DOE. Mid-Atlantic lumber operation is seeking a PLC technician skilled in improving scanning and machine control system applications from the green end, drying and surfacing lumber processing operations. 5 years of proven tech service support in any manufacturing related operation is essential. (Search Assignment #6405)

Lumber Regional Controls PLC Drives Tech Specialist
Base salary to $100K, DOE. Major integrated lumber company in the Southeast is seeking a skilled PLC tech in lumber operations optimization improvements. Selected candidate will oversee/train electricians and PLC techs in troubleshooting and routine maintenance support issues at five sawmill sties. Responsibilities also include designing and implementing improved control systems at the sites. This position reports directly to the regional manager and includes direct interface with major PLC vendors. This job allows selected candidate to interface with all key decision makers in the region. Solid written and verbal communication skills are essential. (Search Assignment #6405)

Panelboard Maintenance Manager
Base salary to $115K, DOE plus bonus. West Coast panel producer is seeking to upgrade all portions of the preventative maintenance operations within a high technology, robotics focused, high-speed manufacturing operation. Selected candidate should have a technical 4 yr degree and at least 5 yrs of maintenance supervision experience, where improving unscheduled downtime is a priority. Key candidate attributes include a focus on predictive/preventative maintenance procedures, and maintenance support staff training for 40 plus employees. Client’s key focus is selecting a candidate with leadership skills and a track record of a culture towards more self-directed preventative maintenance services. Preferred skillset includes CMMS, AutoCAD, PLC, and an automation track record. Client is a leader in specialty panel products with a customer base that is growing significantly. (Search Assignment #6396)

Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW
and Southeast Forest Products 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 client companies. Leadership, organizational, and technical skills in hydraulics, pneumatics and/or rotating machinery, or process control systems are essential. 


Engineering Positions

Industrial Software Engineer
Base salary to $100K, plus excellent benefit and bonus package. Major integrated forest products firm with eight plus high-tech plants in the Western U.S. is seeking a skilled candidate to research and develop software to improve lumber recovery and production on new and used machine centers at all locations. Working within a centralized engineering design and fabrication center, our client has been focusing on the design, fabrication and startup of leading-edge wood machining technology.

Selected candidate must have a BS in Computer Science or Engineering and a thorough understanding of geometrics, complex algorithms, analytical problem solving and C++. 3D AutoCAD computer-based design applications are the norm within the center. Candidate should also have strong communication skills. Candidate should have at least five years of demonstrated results in optimizing industrial product processing equipment. Experience beyond wood products could include food, metal, paper and other related fields of high speed continuous processing applications. Our client is a leader in being able to uniquely optimize machine design through its staff of control system designers and mechanical engineers. This job opening is a new addition to our client who is seeking to advance beyond the industry’s high tech base. (Search Assignment #6393)

Forest Product Manufacturing Project Engineers and CAD Designers needed for $20 MM+ new sawmill/planer projects in the Western U.S.
Well established forest product project engineering consulting firm in the NW is seeking skilled talent to service new clients focused on efficiently converting logs to lumber. Projects range from preliminary design to final design, construction and startups. CAD Designers can make $3,500+ per week, Project Engineers $4,500+ per week. Projects are seasonal depending on markets and financial resources with client companies. Candidates can also work from their homes. (Search Assignment #6377)

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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