Clearwater Paper Corporation

  • Pulp, Power & Recovery Utilities Operations Manager

    Req No.
    Location : Location
    *Superintendent/Plant/Mill Mgr
  • Overview

    Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) is a $1.7B manufacturer of quality bleached pulp and paperboard, consumer tissue, away from home tissue, and parent role tissue, at its 12 manufacturing and converting locations across the nation. The Pulp, Power and Recovery Operations Manager leads a team of 2 direct and 120 indirect individuals and is responsible for the operations of an SBS pulp, power and recovery operations within an integrated paperboard and tissue mill, a business generating approximately $ 600-650M in revenue. This role is part of an overall leadership team for Clearwater Paper’s largest and most complex manufacturing operation.


    We are seeking a Pulp and Utilities Operations Manager for our Lewiston, Idaho pulp and paper board facility with a proven track record of both operations’ leadership and organizational development.  This person must have progressive leadership experience with both pulp and power production.  They will possess broad knowledge of pulping and papermaking processes as well as the financial acumen of key drivers that influence pulp and paper mill economics.


    A strong candidate must have demonstrated experience in strategic planning, identifying long-term operational needs as well as developing and implementing strategies to strengthening the mill’s performance.  They will have a proven track record of driving and sustaining EHS results as well as a demonstrated track record of driving continuous improvement.


    Key Accountabilities:



    • Lead pulp, power and recovery team to develop and deliver key business metrics focusing on cost management and productivity goals that enable the site to meet or exceed expectations.
    • Build organizational capabilities (structure, leadership competencies and organizational talent mix) and reinforce a culture of driving industry leading performance.
    • Lead the pulp, power and recovery departments in a way that fosters a culture committed to safety, quality, and a fully engaged workforce in a manner consistent with Clearwater Paper Values.
    • Support and demonstrate the values of continuous improvement, learning and shared accomplishment



    • Drive short- and long-term strategy development and implementation across operations to achieve department goals and objectives ensuring alignment with broader mill, division and corporate strategic plans.
    • Provide insights on available capacity, manufacturing capability, and demand; identify opportunities to improve efficiencies, develop and implement plans ensuring alignment with broader mills, division and corporate strategic plans
    • Develop manufacturing models and corresponding inventory strategies that deliver against operational cost targets
    • Proactively drive cost optimization projects that deliver higher efficiency on an ongoing basis.
    • Champion organizational development and talent programs that anticipate and address shifts in talent pools.



    • Quick learner, who is optimistic and curious with a strong motivation for continuous improvement through collaboration.
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration Operations Management or related field required; Master’s Degree preferred
    • 10+ years of continuous manufacturing process leadership with increasing experience in pulp and paper production; with a minimum of 5 years of budgetary responsibilities demonstrating strong business acumen.
    • A minimum of seven (7) years’ pulp and recovery departments is required.
    • Maintenance, Supply Chain or Commercial experience are considered a plus.
    • Demonstrated experiences in identifying and leading process improvement initiatives functionally and organizationally applying Six Sigma, Lean, Kaizen and change management methodologies
    • Strong organizational and leadership skills required.


    • Strong understanding of critical financial key levers in production, manufacturing, logistics operations
    • Demonstrated ability to lead in a matrixed and highly collaborative environment to influence and drive process and change management
    • Demonstrated ability to understand the organizational impact in decision making
    • Inspires trust through influencing, passion, and active engagement with teams
    • Drives engagement within the team and for the purpose of the organization
    • Catalyzes change – acts to improve culture, process and products.
    • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal); leading and presenting materials for various audiences; paints the picture
    • Current knowledge and proficiency with MS Office suite
    • Able to think strategically; act tactically; hands on


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