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Papermill Production Unit Leader


This is a Contract position in Cedar Springs, GA posted November 13, 2021.


Georgia-Pacific is seeking a Papermill Production Unit Leader to join our team in Cedar Springs, Georgia (Containerboard) supporting the paper mill department. This position will provide strategic and tactical leadership to achieve key operation objectives in safety, environmental compliance, reliability, production, quality, and cost for one linerboard or medium paper machine. The successful candidate will focus on safely improving productivity and reducing costs through process/equipment optimization and operator knowledge/skill improvement. Long-term value is created through the application of the company’s business philosophy of Market-Based Management®.

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Drive a culture of safety and environmental excellence through critical hazard identification, risk reduction, and risk mitigation
  • Work directly with operators, shift leaders and maintenance to meet the business objectives of the department
  • Lead teams in the identification, development and implementation of safety, quality and/or cost reduction initiatives that add the highest value to the operation and drive continuous improvement
  • Integral team member of the paper machine outage planning and responsible for the safe execution of routine and annual machine outages
  • Understand, communicates, and align goals in the area of quality, production, safety and reliability
  • Drive process and equipment modifications that result in improved product quality, reduced variation, and higher customer satisfaction
  • Utilize effective communication (written and verbal), organizational, and planning skills
  • Employ strong interpersonal skills (i.e., coaching, mentoring, counseling, directing, delegating, advising, collaborating, and influencing) for the hourly team members on your machine, as well as the manufacturing engineers that support the team

The Experience You Will Bring


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Five (5) or more years of experience with paper machine operations, including knowledge of paper mill processes, equipment operation and interfacing with maintenance resources.
  • Experience leading others in an industrial work environment
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and Outlook)

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering
  • Linerboard or medium manufacturing experience
  • Experience managing in a labor union environment
  • Data analysis and process optimization experience

Since 1963, the Cedar Springs mill team has been on a journey to make the best products possible for customers while doing it in new and innovative ways. Creating value for our customers and for society is the ultimate goal for our business, and one of our comparative advantages is our ability to do so through our dedicated employees. Georgia-Pacific is committed to environmental sustainability and stewardship through every stage of our business, using environmentally conscious production practices to maximize the use of renewable raw materials throughout our process.

The Cedar Springs facility is one of the largest containerboard facilities in the country with three paper machines that make different weights of brown paper & containerboard paper. The Cedar Springs Mill, located in the southwest corner of Georgia is approximately 28 miles from Dothan, Alabama. Dothan is the 6th largest city in the state of Alabama with a population of about 70,000. From Dothan, you are only 90 miles from the beautiful Gulf Coast. You can easily drive to 3 capital cities in 3 1/2 hours or less. You are just 1.5 hours from Tallahassee, FL and Montgomery, AL. Additionally, Dothan has several parks, restaurants and local entertainment activities. To learn more about Georgia-Pacific’s packaging business please visit: and view the video How Paper Is Made!

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength – focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes – medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

At Koch companies, we are entrepreneurs. This means we openly challenge the status quo, find new ways to create value and get rewarded for our individual contributions. Any compensation range provided for a role is an estimate determined by available market data. The actual amount may be higher or lower than the range provided considering each candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographic location. If you have questions, please speak to your recruiter about the flexibility and detail of our compensation philosophy.

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