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Power & Recovery Technical Assistant

Springfield, OR

What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it.



International Paper’s Springfield, Oregon paper mill is currently seeking a Technical Assistant for the Power and Recovery Area.  The Springfield Mill is a 1,650+ ton per day containerboard mill. The Technical Assistant is responsible for assisting the Power and Recovery Team with the leadership, coordination and technical expertise to support and optimize the day-to-day operations of the Power and Recovery Area. This position reports to the Recovery Business Unit Manager.



Key Accountabilties: 

  • Display safety leadership above all things and at all times and ensure the highest expectations are in place with respect to environmental compliance
  • Lead process problem solving and process optimization to improve energy efficiency and equipment uptime.
  • Supervise area chemical suppliers and manage chemical trials and optimization
  • Support Mill Process Control Team to assure DCS controls are maintained and optimized
  • Support the Area Team and Reliability Group in reliability investigations and timely completion of RCFA action items
  • Support Area Team as 5S Champion
  • Support the Mill Manufacturing Excellence team to identify and implement cost reduction projects
  • Participate in the development and execution of capital projects
  • Assist Area Managers and First Line Leaders in Operator Training and Certification
  • Assist Area Manager and OMC in process management and maintenance preperation, including LOTO development.



Required Education/Experience:

  • Technical education consisting of BS or higher in chemical or mechanical engineering, pulp and paper technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in pulp, paper or power industries.
  • Active participation in safety, labor relations, problem solving and other committee/team activities.
  • Hands-on experience in education/training, maintenance planning and scheduling with high degree of computer skills.
  • Direct involvement with customer service related to product and service.
  • Green/Yellow Belt Certification desirable.



  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation and listening skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Strong technical knowledge related to the manufacturing process.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to manage and/or lead projects and teams of people.
  • Proven leadership ability in guiding a customer-focused organization to meet its business objectives.


Key Competencies:

  • Acton Oriented
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Informing
  • Organizing
  • Priority Setting
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Integrity and Trust



International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Springfield OR 97478 

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