Area Operations Supervisor - Paper Machines

Sappi North America - Skowhegan, ME4.4


Located on 2,500 acres of land in central Maine, our Somerset Mill is an integrated pulping and papermaking operation where we manufacture coated freesheet papers, grease-proof packaging papers and bleached chemical pulp. The three paper machines use Sappi North America's in-house developed online finishing technology, which set a quality bar for publication grades and reaps productivity benefits from fully integrating paper forming, coating and finishing.

Position (job title): Area Operations Supervisor - Paper Machines

Department: Production

Work Site: SomersetMill

Entry requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or another related engineering field, or equivalent
  • 3 years supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results through people
  • Strong Safety Leadership

This position is for an individual who enjoys working with other employees in a challenging role to make quality paper at a competitive cost. It also allows for personal growth both as a leader and in technical areas of paper manufacturing. The person in this role is integral to the overall success of Paper Machine as well as the Somerset Mill and is a key member of the management team.

  • As a key member of the Paper Machine team, you will lead safety initiatives that ensure an accident-free and safe workplace.
  • You will lead your team’s efforts to deliver machine productivity goals at low cost, meet all environmental regulations and continuously improve operational efficiency.
  • You will manage the day-to-day operations and lead the shift crew with effective communication, problem-solving, teamwork and administrative skills to meet site objectives.
  • You will work in conjunction with maintenance personnel to ensure equipment uptime, reliability and asset life in your area of responsibility.

Performance Objectives

Meet or exceed departmental safety and environmental objectives.

Meet or exceed targeted paper production, quality, and cost of manufacture goals.

Manage a diverse, highly skilled workforce in a team-oriented, self-directed environment to meet the business needs of the organization.

Develop good working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization in both operations and maintenance departments.

Salary is determined by a number of factors including the value of the job to the organization, market forces, internal equity and skills brought to the job.

Sappi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Sappi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Job Type: Full-time


  • supervisory in a manufacturing environment: 3 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)