Area Operations Supervisor - Pulping

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 - Pulping

Department: Operations

Work Site: SomersetMill

This position is for an individual who understands the technical aspects of kraft pulping, from wood handling, chip production, digester operation, washing, screening, bleaching, pulp machine operation, pulp furnish to 3 large paper machines, and including overall mill waste treatment operations. Kraft pulping experience particularly continuous digester experience is preferred. The person in this role is integral to the overall success of the pulping operations and, as such, is a key member of the management team:

  • You will lead the safety initiatives that ensure an accident-free, safe, and productive workforce.
  • You will lead your team’s efforts to deliver results at a low cost, high production without injury or incident and continuously improve production and operations.
  • You will manage the day-to-day operations and shift crew, including safety, problem-solving, and contract administration to meet the production goals of the site.
  • You will work in conjunction with maintenance personnel to ensure the targeted business results are achieved in your area of responsibility.

Performance Objectives:

Meet or exceed departmental OIR and LWCIR objectives while delivering the monthly and yearly budget for your area of responsibility.

Meet or exceed targeted production rates.

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 both operations and maintenance.

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.

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 (Preferred)