Area Operations Leader - Utilities

Koch Supply & Trading   •  

New Augusta, MS

Industry: Chemicals


5 - 7 years

Posted 382 days ago

Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible, and economically sound. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. Georgia-Pacific employs more than 1,700 individuals in Mississippi and has a workforce of nearly 35,000 at approximately 300 locations in North and South America and Europe.   Area Operations Leader – Utilities The Utilities Area Leader provides overall leadership for the Utilities area including leading shift leaders and support team members to meet and exceed plant objectives associated with EHS, Product Quality, Talent Selection and Development, Manufacturing Reliability and Efficiency, and Project Execution while ensuring alignment with Market Based Management (MBM®) philosophy. This role reports the mill Operations Leader.  

A Day In The Life Typically Includes:

  • Works closely with the Operations Leader to develop and translate strategic plans into effective tactical plans that drive improvements, maintain and improves EHS, Product Quality/Yields, Reliability, and Capital Projects within the manufacturing area.
  • Consistently applies the MBM® Guiding Principles and Framework with the manufacturing and support teams and actively advances our MBM® culture. 
  • Effectively supports the mill vision in the development and implementation of improvement initiatives.
  • Manages team responsibilities to high compliance levels for environmental, health and safety standards.
  • Owns product quality and ensures it is generated in a safe, efficient, cost effective way. 
  • Supports efforts in developing new innovative products for business needs.
  • Ensures productivity standards and goals are met.
  • Owns the organizational effectiveness and drives 24/7 shift operations in the utilities operating area.
  • Understands the key drivers of profitability.  Identifies and implements opportunities to create additional business value.
  • Ensures that skills and knowledge are in place for optimal operation of the area manufacturing unit. 
  • Provides team members with the necessary support in work assignments, training, feedback, coaching, and developmental opportunities.
  • Measures and trends results, ties value creation to improvement efforts and shares successes that drives performance improvement in the area.
  • Effectively communicates progress, plans, and surfaces issues with mill leadership.
  • Coordinates with support teams to ensure operating plans are achieved.  Provides leadership for annual outages activities necessary to create value.
  •  Practices positive communications and pro-active problem solving.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proven leadership, communication, and facilitation capabilities to advance an organization.
  • Strong communication, presentation, planning and organizational skills; ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Self-starter, self-motivated, independent achiever who can thrive in a team environment working closely with leadership, production, and support team employees
  • Collaborate enthusiastically with others in mill operations and support teams
  • Strong economic thinking, leadership, interpersonal, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively teach, coach and mentor
  • Excellent technical troubleshooting and problem solving ability; utilize constructive challenge to drive to the optimum solution  
  • Knowledge of power and recovery and lime kiln and causticizing operations, fundamentals of equipment operation for effective interface with maintenance and operations
  • The ability to organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting and/or beating deadlines
  • The ability to motivate, influence and drive good business decisions forward while working with a diverse organization.
  • Facilitation skills - lead teams to develop plans and deliver results
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong planning, technical troubleshooting, and organizational skills

What You Will Need:


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemical, Mechanical or ElectricalEngineering or related technical field such as Paper science and technology or chemistry.
  • 5+ years’ experience in operations or maintenance in petro-chemical, refining, utilities or pulp and paper industry                 
  • 3+ years Supervisory experience leading and developing people
  • Experience in developing and implementing improvement processes and projects
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs such as Word (to write business correspondence), Excel (for use of spreadsheets, reporting, simple formulas) and Outlook (for internal and external correspondence)
  • Knowledge and understanding of process control systems
  • Willing & able to work a flexible schedule that includes on-callresponsibilities on evenings, weekends, & holidays as necessary to manage mill performance