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Paper Mill Shift Supervisor - Tacoma, WA

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Paper Mill Shift Supervisor - Tacoma, WA

801 E Portland Ave
Tacoma, Washington, 98421,United States

Paper Mill Shift Supervisor ( pulp & paper products ) - Tacoma, WA


** This role is on a rotating shift (compressed 12 hour shifts—two days & two nights per week, and then four days off. Flexibility to changing rotation schedule as needed. Additional coverage as dictated by business needs at the discretion of the department manager **



WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at  

General Description:

Direct supervision of 22-25 union hourly personnel on rotating 12 hours shifts, responsible for the operation of two paper machines and stock preparation (1200 tpd), quality control lab, shipping, and 550 tpd recycle facility.   Ensure personnel safety, environmental compliance, optimize production at or above plan, minimize costs, increase uptime, and reduce waste.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Set the standards and responsibilities for a safe work culture.

  • Manage essential operation functions through leadership of hourly personnel.

  • Communicate with Shift Mill Manager and day management staff to assure continuity of efforts.

  • Provide Clear Expectations for Housekeeping and Department Performance to all operating personnel.

  • Develop training standards and individual training plans for each employee.

  • Develop and improve standard operating procedures to ensure continuity between crews.

Qualifications – Required:

  • Associates or Bachelors Degree is preferred

  • 3+ years of Paper Industry experience. Experience as either a Pulp & Paper Production Supervisor, Process Engineer, or Production Engineer.

  • Must have experience supervising the paper machine

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to lead and motivate others

  • Ability to lead others into safe work practices

  • Ability to help develop subordinate skill levels

  • Ability to drive improvement in employee performance

  • Ability to multitask and reprioritize as operating conditions change

  • Ability to manage conflict

  • Experience with Microsoft office products

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team

  • Demonstrated creative problem solver

  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and pressure demands

  • Self-starter with a high degree of initiative

  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of employees and management

  • Proactive and skilled at recognizing potential areas for improvement

  • Willing to change the status quo

  • Willing to challenge Mill management in safety and environmental concerns


  • Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering or Paper Science (Bio Resource) Engineering is a plus

  • Supervisory experience is a plus, but could also be someone is a Process Engineer role that worked closely

  • Strong leadership skills leading change management to improve Safety, Quality, and Productivity is a plus


What we offer:


  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence

  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities

  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential

  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.



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Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Management, Skilled Labor - Trades
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience At least 3 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 9997
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Paper Mill Shift Supervisor - Tacoma, WA

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