International Paper PS&D - Front Line Leader in ORANGE MILL, Texas

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First Line Leader – PS&D / OCC

The PS&D / OCC First Line Leader (FLL), is responsible for supervising and leading shift team operations in the PS&D and OCC departments. This position reports to the PS&D Business Unit Manager. The PS&D /OCC FLL supports the operating crews’ contribution to achieving the PS&D / OCC objectives, and facilitates sound business decisions. The FLL is accountable for the daily coordination of available mill resources to ensure continuity of PS&D and OCC operations.

Position Expectations:

The primary focus is to ensure productivity and performance of the operating teams to optimize safety, quality, cost control, and productivity in daily operations of the PS&D and OCC departments.

  • Safety: The shift manager is responsible for conducting monthly safety meetings with his/her crew, and correcting unsafe behaviors and conditions. The FLL is responsible for ensuring daily toolbox safety meetings are held with documentation. The shift manager supports the EHS coordinators and Safety Captains, drive safety with crews, lead in conducting incident investigations, complete safety observations and inspections and encourage crew to do so as well. Audit housekeeping and other critical safety systems including fire protection, eye wash showers, etc.

  • Operational Excellence: Manage Daily shift operations of PS&D and OCC departments with a focus on continuous improvement. Support routine and annual outages. Responsible for meeting and exceeding established production and quality goals. The FLL must coordinate and communicate directly within the PS&D and OCC departments and effectively communicate and plan production with the other departments within the mill. Coordination of outside support as necessary and alerts to appropriate management of downtime, reject, and other operating issues. Review of daily paperwork and addressing day to day operational issues. Coordinating work with the Finished Product’s FLL for shift maintenance resources is a key responsibility as well.

  • People: Enhance employee engagement by providing leadership and direction to the shift. Provide for development and implementation of training for members. Conduct semi-annual one-to-ones with crew members. Assign responsibility for tasks and decisions amongst the crew. Listen and respond to employee issues. Support crew guidance committee process; ensure personnel issues on crew are addressed.


  • One to five years leadership experience in paper manufacturing environment.

  • Strong written and verbal English skills.

  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office

  • High School Diploma is required, post-secondary education preferred.


  • Action Oriented

  • Drive for Results

  • Priority Setting

  • Building Effective Teams

  • Managing and Measuring Work

  • Working through Systems

  • Delegation

International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.

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