Career Opportunities

July 20, 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

Several of our Pacific NW clients are expanding their lumber operations sales staff. Annual compensation can exceed beyond $100,000, plus bonus package depending on experience and track record in developing and servicing new customers. 


Operations Management Positions

Sawmill Plant Managers
Base compensation to $120,000 plus. Several clients in the Northwest are starting up new sawmill operations investing $20 MM plus. Selected candidates must have a proven track record in sawmill startups including operator training with a focus on safety.

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)


Maintenance and Support Positions

Sawmill Maintenance Superintendents
Base compensation to $110,000, plus attractive bonus and health package. Our sawmill clients in the Southeast US are seeking skilled personnel to oversee all phases of lumber operations maintenance. Key skill set includes safety, preventative maintenance of all operations, use of CMMS, millwright and electrical cross training, parts inventory, purchasing and control. Two or four year degree preferred, but not essential. Selected candidates do not need experience in forest products manufacturing. Experience in product manufacturing and a track record in reducing unscheduled downtime are essential. (Search Assignment #6376)

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)

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

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)

Administrative Positions

Candidates with a successful track record in personnel, human resources, safety, accounting or finance are encouraged to apply directly to Carl Jansen.

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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