Career Opportunities

June 22, 2017

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 client companies. 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

Hardwood Plywood / Panelboard Division General Manager
Base salary to $130,000 DOE, plus performance bonus and health benefit package. Southeastern private corporation with annual sales of over $200M is seeking a skilled general manager to oversee all phases of $30M plus business unit. This long standing unique hardwood plywood / panelboard operation requires a manager skilled in all phases of a manufacturing/sales operation… raw material, production, maintenance, new equipment installation, shipping, sales, and marketing. The general manager is responsible for total monthly profit/loss for the operating division. This includes total business planning and execution of the business plans (both short and long term). The focus by the business owners is to double sales and profitability in the near future. Selected candidate must have demonstrated success in all phases of business management. A 4-year degree in forest products, engineering, or business is desirable. The owners are seeking a leader who can increase sales profitability by entering new markets and expanding their existing product line, resulting in a two shift operation. (Search Assignment #6416)


Sales and Marketing Positions

Lumber Processing Equipment Regional Marketing and Sales Managers
in the West, Midwest and Southeast US
Annual compensation could exceed $150,000. Due to pending retirements, our lumber processing equipment manufacturing client, based in the Pacific NW, is seeking to expand their regional sales force. This leading-edge company is seeking candidates with a track record in sawmill capital equipment sales, lumber production management, or sawmill consulting services. With annual sales exceeding $20MM, this well financed company is focused on doubling sales over the next few years. Their business strengths in engineering design and capital equipment manufacturing are very strong. Our client’s current customer base represents a significant sales growth potential, lending credence to expanding capital equipment purchases for existing and new customers. The selected candidates will work from their home-based offices. No relocation is necessary.

Our client is seeking candidate prospects with a proven track record in mill hardwood and/or softwood lumber processing improvements. The potential markets for future CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) products remain an attractive option for more lumber production throughout North America. (Search Assignment #6418) 


Operations Management Positions

Thin MDF Structural Board Operations Manager
Base salary to $100K, plus strong incentive package. New company starting up an upgraded existing panel-board plant in the Pacific Northwest. Production lines include refiners, dryers, formers, presses and sizing equipment designed to produce 140 MSF – 1/8” MDF annually. The focus is to deliver customer value with lightweight and strong products based on sustainable resources. This unique lightweight engineered wood product has applications in a broad range of market sectors, including… interior decorative and furniture, architectural and designer, energy conserving green building assemblies, and cross-laminated timber construction. This startup operation, employing a MACT-compliant MDF facility, could generate more than $100M in annual sales from raw material furnish supplied by a sawmill located 0.5 mile away. The company has 14 registered patents covering process and product design in the US, Canada and nine countries in Europe and Asia, and one patent pending on its MACT-compliant manufacturing process.

Client is seeking a skilled Operations Manager to oversee all phases of plant operations, from startup to continuous improvement and long-term maintenance /upgrade. Management skills in safety, operator training and development, quality control, preventive maintenance and machine upgrades are essential. Selected candidate should have at least five years plant management experience in MDF or particle board production, with a proven record reflecting strong planning and development skills, interpersonal leadership, and teambuilding attributes. Successful startup experience and skills are desirable. Owner is seeking an upwardly mobile candidate for a high-growth organization that is expected to attain a stabilized, sustainable state within three to five years. (Search Assignment #6426)

Biomass Power Plant Manager
Base salary to $130K. Major integrated forest products firm in the Pacific Northwest is seeking a skilled manager to oversee all operations and planned maintenance of a steam and power generation facility operating 24/7. The focus is on safety, continuous improvement, employee cross-training, leadership development, and overall business management (including environmental compliance issues).

Besides experience in steam and electrical power generation, the skillset for the selected candidate includes a 4-year B.S. degree, 5+ years of forest products (pulp/paper or solid wood) facility management, labor/arbitration skills, and a desire to advance within the company beyond this initial job assignment. A demonstrated customer focus on quality and reliability of steam and power generation services is desired for the selected manager. (Search Assignment #6424)

Pacific NW Lumber Operations Manager
Base salary to $100K, plus attractive bonus and benefit package. Due to pending retirement, specialty green lumber sawmill operation in the Northwest is seeking a qualified operations manager to oversee all phases of a specialty high-grade cutting mill. Selected candidate should have experience as a sawmill superintendent focused on safety, operator and maintenance training, and grade recovery. Other skills include production planning, and continuous mill improvement… focused on recovery, and grade sorting. A skillset of being able to communicate well with sales staff is essential. Excellent future with a very stable firm. (Search Assignment #6412)

Lumber Operations Support Staff Needed by Forest Products Consulting Firm
Annual income can exceed $100K plus. Well established firm with a track record of many successful design, construction and startups is seeking to expand their staff as a result of two major new sawmill startups. If you have 15+ years of experience in any phase of softwood lumber production, maintenance, or operations and are willing to relocate temporarily to selected northwest plant sites, please email or call Carl Jansen directly. This includes jobs as a plant manager and in any of the operations supervision trades. All travel and housing expenses are paid by the consulting firm. (Search Assignment #6409)


Maintenance and Support Positions

Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW 
and Southeast Forest Products Mills: $21-$30/hr, plus Overtime and Benefit Package
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, a 9 year veteran with 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. (Search Assignment #6415)


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)

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, cross-laminated timber 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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