Roseburg Forest Products
  • 26-Jul-2017 to 11-Mar-2018 (PST)
  • Chester Engineered Wood
  • Chester, SC, USA
  • Full Time

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During facility construction and transition, this position while an operational role, will be part of the project and engineering team during equipment ordering, construction and commissioning.  The position will transition to site as part of the engineering/construction team.

After completion of facility construction, the technical manager will be accountable for the oversight of a manufacturing facilities quality assurance program, leading new product and process development and taking a lead role in continuing improvement efforts.

Key Responsibilities

During facility construction and startup;

  • Define veneer testing and grade compliance processes
  • Work with plant manager & other technical resources to validate veneer suppliers
  • Work with veneer suppliers on quality assurance and specifications
  • Work closely with project technical resources, project lead, and key vendors on operating strategies for layup and pressing.
  • Work with resin suppliers on qualifications
  • Lead the process of ensuring product code compliance
  • Create and Integrate product and process compliance into SOPs
  • Work with HR management to identify and select technical employees
  • Identify critical technical employee competencies
  • Work with project procurement and project manager to source appropriate equipment and materials for technical support (QA lab, product sampling equipment)
  • Define required technical and QA training requirements for all types of employees
  • Develop production standards for all key process centers
  • Become familiar with key process equipment contracts and performance requirements
  • Define "in-process" material sampling protocols for all key process areas
  • Work with Roseburg Corporate sales and technical team to define "on-grade" properties and assurance protocols
  • Develop QA data collection and database process with Operations technology (OT) team and corporate IT Team on long term data collection and process tracking.
  • Work with electrical/controls team to identify and process equipment settings and calibration processes
  • Work with vendors and project technical lead on initial product recipes.
  • Work with project lead on developing the "customer experience" during plant visits
  • Work with HR manager to develop technical employee performance management process
  • Other duties as assigned

 During transition into operations;

  • Conduct product quality and compliance work for product certification
  • Hiring QC staff employees
  • Create job/task descriptions for employees
  • Establish technical aptitude testing protocol for hiring of employees (written and hands-on tests)
  • Hiring employees to work with equipment suppliers during the installation & commissioning
  • Work with certification contractor to achieve product certification
  • Take a lead role in running trials and performance guarantees with vendors
  • Work with Roseburg sales and marketing teams to adjust/update product technical literature
  • Work with operations and glue supplier on achieving the "right" glue formulation and usage
  • Support operations team with process adjustments to achieve target performance
  • Help operations team establish "in-process" performance checks/tests
  • Maintain a database of process and product metrics during ramp-up
  • Establish Technical department budget tracking process
  • Establish relationships with outside support and service organizations as necessary
  • Work with sales team and customers on product issues/opportunities as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

 After facility completion;

  • Ability to lead and support team in a 24/7 operating environment
  • Develop technical management team with plant management
  • Determine department project plans and implementation schedules
  • Standardize standard operating procedures (SOP's)
  • Oversee SOP's for current and new equipment and hardware/software
  • Coordinate project activities with operations, IT and engineering teams
  • Work with quality assurance/control teams on projects and guide development of continuous improvement systems in safety, quality, yield, value, cost and productivity performance
  • Ensure the standardization of process control and quality control platforms and performance metrics across the location
  • Coordinate the implementation of process optimization across the location
  • Ensure process control applications, process optimization, process information management systems and alarm databases
  • Must be a very capable leader with the ability to influence the organization from the plant floor to the top floor
  • Work closely with engineering team members on project development and implementation
  • Provide support to engineers on schedule, scope, budget, design, planning, and coordination of projects
  • Coordinate with corporate and plant personnel to optimize the use of resources and equipment
  • Evaluate new products, processes, and technologies
  • Participate in industry associations, such as FSC, HPVA, APA, NAWLA, WWPA
  • Champion of company core values
  • Perform all duties in accordance with safety rules and regulations
  • Perform other duties as necessary 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (within technical field)
  • Other academic backgrounds acceptable with five (5) or more years of related work experience
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in process engineering, quality management, continuous improvement, industrial engineering or industrial management
  • Proficient in various process control and automation systems including (DCS platforms, PLCs, SCADA, MES, etc.).
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing processes, statistical quality engineering, inspection, auditing, calibration, data analysis techniques, and quality cost principles
  • Flexible work schedule inside and outside standard work week
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects to meet schedule and project requirements
  • Professional level competency in MS Word and excel
  • Intermediate competency in statistical process control (SPC)
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work in and maintain a highly functional team environment
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Knowledge of current supervisory techniques
  • Ability to work well with all levels of internal management, staff and vendors
  • Must maintain discretion and sensitivity to confidential company matters
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Detail oriented with high level of accuracy 
  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Must be proactive and have initiative
  • Personal alignment with Roseburg's Core Values

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry
  • Prior experience in wood products and/or adhesives manufacturing


  • Travel required during design & construction of project (~60% for 1st year of project. Once project is complete travel will be ~5%)


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