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Career Opportunities

June 18, 2014

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

NEW - Panel Products Inside Mill Sales Representative
Annual base compensation to $80,000 DOE plus bonus. Major multi-plant panel producer is seeking a 4 yr college graduate with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Selected candidate will join a company focused on providing world-class service in a sales environment that maximizes the experience for their customers using a wide selection of panel products. Key skill sets include a strong customer service orientation and use of MS Excel/sales order/logistics software. Candidate must be a self-starter… have a positive demeanor… be able to multi-task… and understand the sense of urgency in servicing the customer’s needs. Note: our client is continually focused on promoting from within. Recent college graduates with a track record in industrial sales are encouraged to call Carl direct (541-593-2777) to discuss the scope of their skills and interests regarding this great marketing and sales opportunity. The company’s central sales office is located in the Pacific Northwest. (Search Assignment #6342)

 

Production & General Management Positions

NEW - Specialty Lumber and Post Products... Mill Operations Manager
Annual base compensation is approximately $100,000 depending on experience, plus performance bonus. Northeast based independent forest products company is seeking a manager to oversee all phases of a 30 MMBF 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 can 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, 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 owner, hourly employees, log suppliers and a few key customers (Search Assignment #6340)

NEW - Structural Lumber Operations Manager 
Base salary to $110,000 DOE, plus significant bonus package. Our Pacific NW client is seeking a skilled manager to oversee and manage multi-plant remanufacturing operations. Responsibilities include operator training, scheduling, quality control, preventative maintenance with a focus on lean manufacturing improvements. Proven leadership skills in managing structural lumber processing operations are essential. Selected candidate must be a team player with a proven track record in continuous improvement and safety. Production is planned to ramp up from 2 to 4MMBF/week in 2015. (Search Assignment #6332)


Maintenance and Support Positions

NEW - Plywood Plant Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
Base salary to $90,000. Due to a pending retirement, this major Pacific NW integrated plywood complex is seeking a qualified lead person or supervisor candidate to oversee all preventative mechanical maintenance functions on equipment ranging from the log infeed to final shipping stage area… This includes the veneer lathes, drying, layup, presses, panel saw stations, etc… Selected candidate must have a skill set in hydraulic, pneumatic, steam and mechanical equipment maintenance activities… Added knowledge in preventative maintenance planning on reducing unscheduled time is a plus. Leadership and demonstrated organizational skills in managing a crew of 20 plus is also essential… A track record in process improvement and safety is also a necessity… Excellent benefit, bonus and retirement package offered to the selected candidate who is hired. (Search Assignment #6339)

NEW - Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW Mills:
$20-$30/hr
Attention Retiring NCO’s..…  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)

 

R & D / Engineering / Technical Positions

NEW - Senior Division Project Engineer
Compensation to $130,000 DOE. Major integrated forest products firm is seeking to hire a BSME, with 8 plus years experience in lumber/plywood mill modernization project design, contractor oversight and equipment startups. Project assignments at multi-mill sites in the US require 40% travel. Project Engineer will be located either at a mill site in Pacific NW or in the Upper Midwest. Selected candidate must be skilled in written and verbal communications, use of AutoCAD software, mechanical engineering standards, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and scheduling software. Note: This unique job-opportunity will allow the selected candidate to move into the Division Engineering Manager position in 4+ years due to planned retirement. (Search Assignment #6335)

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

NEW - Low Grade Lumber Purchasing Manager
Base Base compensation to $80,000 DOE plus bonus. Oregon based structural lumber processor is seeking to expand purchasing program from Western U.S. and Canadian lumber mills. Focus is on utility and economy grades and shorts less than 8’ in length. Current volume is 2MMBF/week; target is to expand purchasing beyond 4MMBF/week. Selected candidate should have a solid sales product knowledge of lumber producer’s capabilities in Western U.S. and Canada. Another activity is focused on expediting shipments to the two mill processing facilities via rail and truck. (Search Assignment #6343)
  



Be sure to visit other pages on our web site ( www.searchna.com ) 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, 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, resin and chemical producers. SNA recruiting and placement services are also focused on firms based in the renewable energy generation markets including woody biomass fuels processing.
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!

 

SEARCH NORTH AMERICA, INC.
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