Product Performance Manager in Escanaba, Michigan, US at Verso Corporation

Date Posted: 3/28/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Responsible for identifying and analyzing opportunities for significant process/product improvement across all mill systems. Develop, support and/or manage implementation. Provide leadership in new product development initiatives.


  • Provide leadership for safe work practices throughout mill systems.
  • Improve and optimize processes; provide assistance to production areas in evaluating changes to operation; aid operating personnel to better understand their processes and quality problems encountered; focus is on higher operating rates, efficiencies and de-bottlenecking.
  • Reduce costs; complete cost reduction projects that provide significant savings through product substitution, reduced variability, improved quality, and higher operating efficiencies.
  • Champion continuous quality improvement.
  • Represent the mill in customer facing activities, such as Customer Quality Improvement Teams and mill visits.
  • Be the voice of the customer in product performance issues. Identify gaps in inspection and disposition systems and co-ordinate the effort to close them.
  • Manage mill product stewardship needs.
  • Coordinate product development efforts.
  • Assist Production areas with troubleshooting as needed.
  • Report on activities through status reports of ongoing projects, results of troubleshooting activities, etc.
  • Be able to work in a team-based system.
  • Strong technical, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills along with strong team skills.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects to meet deadlines.
  • Thorough knowledge of processes/products/technologies across mill systems.
  • Work beyond normal work schedule as necessary to fulfill position responsibilities.
  • Provide weekly on-call and weekend duty coverage as scheduled.





Job Requirements

Minimum Required Experience and Education:

  • BS or MS Pulp/Paper, Chemical Engineering, or Chemistry.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in mill technical, production, product development with exposure to all mill operating areas (pulping, paper making, coating, utilities, etc.)
  • Strong analytical problem solving skills; a solid background in statistical analysis is a plus.
  • Proven experience with several leadership behaviors: Leading and Advocating Change, Drive for Results, Communication, Managerial Courage, Building and Effective Team, and Managing through Systems.

Travel: Negotiable

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