Fiber Line & Power Supervisor in Escanaba, MI at Verso Corporation

Date Posted: 3/25/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

  • As a supervisor, this position provides shift supervision and leadership for the Fiber.
  • Energy business units in managing all aspects of the chemical pulping and recovery and utility operations at the Escanaba Mill.
  • Fiber Area operations include wood room and yard, fiber lines with high brightness bleaching capabilities, pulp make down, lime kiln, and RMP.
  • The recovery and utility operations include recovery boilers, power boilers, turbines and steam distribution.
  • Position duties include leading shift operations, as well as ensuring safety, productivity and quality through the entire operation.
  • A principle objective of the position is to provide leadership in the development of the crews into self-sufficient, productive teams that are supporting and driving efforts to continually improve the safety, productivity and quality performance of the business area.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead in alignment with the Verso Foundation document and Manufacturing Principals.
  • Lead and support the activities of operating crews throughout the business unit on a rotating shift basis.
  • Monitor and coordinate operations throughout the shift as necessary to optimize productivity and operating efficiency.
  • Coordinate with production crews any required shift maintenance activities with the objective of minimizing equipment downtime and overall financial impacts.
  • Share and support the business unit goals with the hourly team members emphasizing the role that the team plays in achieving these objectives.
  • Develop team member s technical competencies of their jobs as well as the team aspects required for individuals and the crew to be successful.
  • Promote flexibility to maximize the team work amongst the operating and maintenance teams.
  • Provide for on-shift training for all team members regarding problem solving and decision making processes.
  • Improve training materials/processes throughout the business units as needed.
  • Establish and lead operator responsibility for safety, environmental, quality and productivity conformance providing training and direction as required.
  • Set clear expectations and evaluate team members based on performance and provide feedback on successes and opportunities for improvement.
  • Follow and implement established safety policies and procedures.
  • Hold all team members accountable for safety. Lead Process Variability Reduction (PVR) on shift through alarm acknowledgment, entering of good comments and utilization/development of troubleshooting documents.
  • Administer the labor agreement, policies and work rules.
  • Administer disciplinary measures when needed. Lead and/or support initiatives to improve our cost structure (R-Gap). 
  • Lead our crews with the role out of Operator Driven Reliability (ODR).
  • Act as Operations Maintenance Coordinator during off shifts.
  • Drive engagement at all levels to continuously improve culture.
  • Lead on shift efforts to ensure solids losses to the sewer are kept to minimum.
  • Forecast and manage species grade changes on batch digest.
  • Provide input on Pulp Dryer run times and species.


  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Self-starter, able to work effectively with minimal direct supervision.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic work environment and manage change on a regular basis Possess ambulatory capabilities to move freely about the mill, ascend and descend ladders and stairways, and tolerate temperature extremes.



Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree is preferred in a technical field or 5 years equivalent operations experience.

Verso Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.


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