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Sr. Fiber Quality Technician

Prattville, AL
  1. Job Description: 
  2. Provide field level chip and fiber fuel fiber testing and supplier analysis. Conduct technical inspection and evaluation on chip and fiber fuel producing equipment. Analyze, test, audit, and perform maintenance on chip and fiber fuel quality laboratory and various sampling infrastructure components.  Provide resource information to various joint teams.  Document and communicate benchmarking and reference information to suppliers and customers. Conduct training on systems and equipment as required.  Ensure fiber quality labs meet all region and corporate safety, health and environmental guidelines.  Oversight of fiber quality lab productivity, cost and quality deliverables.  Use manufacturing excellence applications to ensure continuous improvement and process sustainability.  Support Global Sourcing and Mill team members in process improvement. 
    1. Education & Qualifications:
    2. B S Forest Resources or related degree, or AA in Forest Technology or related degree.
    • Or 3 years’ experience in chip manufacturing/processing /maintenance or commensurate experience in similar manufacturing environment, or in manufacturing quality control
    • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
    • Must be able to work flexible schedules, including weekends and holidays.
    • Must be able to adapt to change, cope with different personalities and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
    • Skilled/knowledgeable of chip and fiber fuel producing equipment.
    • Skilled/knowledgeable of machine diagnostic tools, other.
    • Skilled in Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
    • Knowledgeable in Manufacturing Excellence applications.
    • Skilled first line leader.
  1. Job Responsibilities / Accountabilities: 
    1. Ensure that International Paper Pulp and Paper Mills receive optimum fiber quality to digesters for pulp and boilers for steam generation:
      • Demonstrate and perform safety excellence by taking safe actions and complying with all safety policy and training requirements. 
      • Facilitate delivery of highest quality chip fiber and fiber fuel fiber to pulp and paper mill customers by providing field analytical, technical and diagnostic support to internal and external suppliers.
      • Deliver appropriate information and data to suppliers and mill customers by documenting and benchmarking fiber quality data and technical reports and through the use of IP’s database programs.
      • Ensure fiber quality infrastructure components meet standards for valid, reliable, and consistent data by performing calibration, maintenance, audit, and other duties as required.
      • Institutionalize protocols and standards by providing training for fiber quality lab personnel and others associated with the process.
      • Willing to accept temporary assignments that require travel.
  2. Job Scope.
    • Central Region – Three to four International Paper Pulp and Paper Mills.  Key External Vendors:  Sawmills and chip mills delivering chip and fiber fuel to those facilities. 
    • Responsible for management of fiber quality lab operating expenses.
    • Responsible for 1 to 2 direct reports, contract labor and PPM employed indirect reports. 
  1. Positively and professionally represent International Paper
    • Positively represent International Paper in dealings with internal and external contacts.
    • Communicates quality and safety program expectations and specifications to external vendors.
    • Communicates vendor/supplier’s safety and quality issues to FS team members.
    • Assists in minimizing overhead / procurement expenses.
    • Functions well in a team focused work environment.
  1. Key Competencies: 
    • Integrity and Trust
    • Customer Focus
    • Action Oriented
    • Problem Solving
    • Technical Learning
    • Command Skills
    • Communication Skills – both oral and written
    • Time Management
    • Listening
    • Learning on the Fly
    • Peer Relationships (FS team, mill partners, suppliers, vendors)
    • Functional computer skills and knowledge of software applications

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