Recovery and Utilities Business Unit Manager in Escanaba, MI, US at Verso Corporation

Date Posted: 12/5/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

This position is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to the Recovery and Utilities Area of the Escanaba Mill.  This includes the recovery boiler, the power boilers, power distribution systems, turbine generators, evaporators, filtered water plant, waste plant, and auxiliary equipment as assigned.  The qualified candidate will ensure that the Recovery and Utilities Department operates safely, efficiently in producing high quality outputs in an environmentally conscious manner.


  • Promote and lead a safe work environment.
  • Ensure that the department maintains compliance with all environmental requirements and regulations. Fortify sound environmental stewardship among all department team members through awareness and training.
  • Direct training of team members to perform their jobs safely and efficiently without committing unsafe acts while maintaining a high standard of housekeeping.
  • Ensure the dependable supply of steam, electricity, compressed air, and filtered water to meet the mill’s needs.
  • Provide direction and guidance to the energy area management team personnel as required to achieve area, business unit, and mill objectives.
  • Work with maintenance leaders in the scheduling and coordination of major maintenance work and outages. 
  • Responsible for the development and execution of the Recovery and Utilities Area budget.
  • Prioritize repairs and equipment purchases to be included in department's annual budget and long term capital plans.
  • Assist the Fiberline Business Unit Manager in strategic and developmental planning for input into the mill level planning efforts as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in and support the Manufacturing Work Systems at the Escanaba Mill.
  • Build and grow an effective team.  Ensure support, engagement and participation by all direct reports.  Engage team members to fully utilize their knowledge, skills, and potential.
  • Make routine inspections of operating areas, checking progress of projects, reviewing operating logs, checking for abnormal equipment operations, optimizing work efficiency, ensuring good housekeeping, making safety observations, etc.
  • Participate in equipment inspections during downtimes to anticipate and assess maintenance requirements and expenditures.  Assist in annual safety inspections of pressure vessels as needed.
  • Maintain contract provisions and company policies to avoid breach of contract.  Ensure conformance to work rules and regulations, administering disciplinary measures when needed.
  • Continue to develop and expand personal understanding of process operations and technology, applicable state and federal environmental rules and regulations, and keep abreast of new developments and technological advancements.
  • Provide on-call and weekend duty coverage.


Job Requirements

Minimum Required Experience and Education:

  • A bachelor s degree in pulp and paper science, chemical engineering, chemistry, power engineering or related area.
  • Minimum of 5 to 10 supervisory/engineering experience in kraft chemical pulping operations (wood processing, power/utilities, chemical recovery, or fiber lines).
  • Significant consideration will be given to applicable experience in chemical recovery and power operations OR any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Social, leadership, and communication skills to engage key customers and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with team members throughout an organization, excellent analytical, communication, team leadership skills, planning and priority setting and quality and timely decision making.

Travel: Negotiable           



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