Career Opportunities

January 9, 2018

Search North America has been engaged in professional search and recruiting for clients in the wood products and related industries since 1982. We are increasing the direction of our focus on positions involving raw material acquisition, production, maintenance, sales of high quality forest products and engineering / technical service for wood products-based firms and ask for your help in filling these search assignments for our client companies. Candidates must be qualified to perform and generate POSITIVE RESULTS! Note: The following U.S.-based positions require U.S. citizenship, a current U.S. work visa or green card.

Administrative Positions

Industrial Human Resource and Safety Manager in Arizona 
Base salary to $80,000 with a $10,000 relocation package, plus generous performance and benefits packages. Our client, based in Eastern Arizona, is starting up an out-of-date sawmill complex by installing high-tech lumber processing equipment. Sawmill grade logs will be harvested from a 300,000-acre federal sustainable stewardship agreement. Significant capital outlays are underway to fully utilize the federal lands timber resource in Arizona.

In this newly created position with a startup sawmill complex, the selected candidate will direct management time in setting up a complete set of HR functions, including all personnel regulations that fit Arizona and federal regulations related to personnel testing, screening, hiring, and training as well as dismissal procedures. The new HR Manager will be responsible for identifying prospective hourly employees for all phases of the operation. This includes screening, and testing/background checks on applicants. Regarding mill safety issues, the selected candidate will set up appropriate safety instructions. The new hire will also work with all supervisory and hourly personnel to insure the safety incident rate is minimized during construction startup. This includes all operations throughout the plant site, from log receipt to final product shipments. Appropriate security measures will also be implemented.

The selected candidate should have a business-related 4-year degree, as well as five plus years as an HR/Safety Manager in an industrial plant environment. Excellent verbal and written skills are essential for communications with senior management and hourly employees.

The career path for the selected HR/Safety candidate can also transition to the same position at a new, high-tech small log sawmill complex (exceeding 100 MMBF annually) and a pole stock peeling facility (exceeding 40 MMBF annually) at another Arizona-based location. The investment group is committed to reward key operating personnel based on Standard Performance Indicators (SPI’s) for the mill operations. This performance goal is key for all management personnel within the complex. (Search Assignment #6436)


Sales and Marketing Positions

Engineered Panel Product Regional Sales Managers 
Base salary to $70,000 plus attractive bonus package exceeding $100,000 as well as home office and travel expenses. New owner and senior level manager of a retrofitted MDF Pacific Northwest panel plant is seeking forward-thinking, senior level sales representatives in the West, Midwest, Eastern U.S., Europe, and the Far East. Selected candidates can work from a home office with appropriate travel and marketing budget allowances.

Initial customer base includes furniture, cabinet, industrial door, and case good manufacturers. This product application should improve existing customer product lines by reducing product weight and providing new innovative products for current and potential customers. Our client has 14 worldwide patents on this cutting-edge panel product technology for many appropriate, wood-based, industrial customers. This plant operation will produce panels unique for wood-based customers focused on added profit generation in the long-term. (Search Assignment #6430)


Operations Management Positions

Specialty Lumber Sawmill Operations Manager
Base salary to $90,000, plus attractive bonus package and potential stock ownership. Owner of a sawmill complex in Washington state is seeking to hire the company’s primary manager. Selected candidate should have experience in improving sawmill recovery, productivity, machine uptime, and on-time shipments. Selected candidate should have demonstrated results-oriented experience in hiring, training and supervising sawmill employees. This unique opportunity exists for a candidate who wants to manage a total sawmill complex including raw material procurement, and product sales. (Search Assignment #6440)

Thin MDF Specialty Board Operations Manager
Base salary to $110K, plus incentive package. New investor starting up existing panel board plant in the Pacific NW. The company's two Maximum Achievable Control Technology compliant production lines include refiners, dryers, pressing and sizing equipment designed to produce 140 MSF - 1/8” annually. Their focus is on servicing a broad customer base seeking a lightweight, high performance engineered wood product. Applications in a wide variety of markets include furniture components, exhibits, architectural interior uses, structural and cross-laminated timber construction. This startup, in an existing MDF facility, could generate more than $100 million / year in sales of value-added products. Our client is seeking a hands-on, skilled Operations Manager to oversee all phases of this start up, and lead organizational development for long-term operations. Management skills in safety, operator training, quality control, preventive maintenance, and machine upgrades are essential. Selected candidate should have at least 5 years of plant operations supervision experience in plywood, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, or oriented strand board production, with a focus on leadership, planning and training. Successful plant startup and organizational development skills are desirable. Owner is seeking a candidate with upward mobility capabilities and a commitment to professional and company growth and development. The client company has 16 registered patents on the process and product design in twelve industrial countries, including the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. (Search Assignment #6426)

Lumber Operations Support Staff Needed by Forest Products Consulting Firm
Annual income can exceed $100K plus. Well established firm with a track record of many successful design, construction and startups is seeking to expand their staff as a result of two major new sawmill startups. If you have 15+ years of experience in any phase of softwood lumber production, maintenance, or operations and are willing to relocate temporarily to selected northwest plant sites, please email or call Carl Jansen directly. This includes jobs as a plant manager and in any of the operations supervision trades. All travel and housing expenses are paid by the consulting firm. (Search Assignment #6409)


Maintenance and Support Positions

Head Saw Filer
Base salary to $75,000, including company provided health insurance and retirement. Large-log specialty sawmill operation located in the United States Pacific Northwest is seeking a qualified candidate to oversee all phases of the saw filing shop, including sharpening and benching large band and round saws. This also includes working with selected lumber saw blade manufacturers and suppliers. 

Selected candidate should have at least 3 years experience as a senior or head Saw Filer in a large-log softwood lumber operation in the Pacific Northwest, including Western Canada. Candidate must be able to train filers that have limited experience. Solid communication and leadership skills are essential for the selected Head Filer. Excellent future with a very stable U.S. based company. (Search Assignment #6432)

Maintenance Manager
Base salary to $90,000, plus attractive performance incentive package. Upgraded engineered MDF panelboard operation in the Pacific Northwest is seeking a skilled candidate to manage an existing manufacturing plant maintenance support operations with a focus on maintaining scheduled machine uptime operations above 90%. Demonstrated skills in the electrical and mechanical trades training with a focus use of CMMS, spare parts inventory and purchasing, and electrical systems improvements are essential. A focus on increasing machine productivity and product quality is the key objective for senior management. Candidates should be able to demonstrate these skillsets through appropriate reference comments from prior supervisors.

Initial customer base includes furniture, cabinet, industrial door, and case good manufacturers. This product application should improve existing customer product lines by reducing product weight and providing new innovative products for current and potential customers. Our client has 14 worldwide patents on this cutting-edge panel product technology for many appropriate, wood-based, industrial customers. This plant operation will produce panels unique for wood-based customers focused on added profit generation in the long-term. (Search Assignment #6431)

Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW 
and Southeast Forest Products Mills: $21-$30/hr, plus Overtime and Benefit Package
Attention NCO Vets: Skilled mechanical and electrical NCO techs serving in the USN or USAF.....  Due to the pending retirements of maintenance technicians within our client companies, a critical need exists for skilled technicians with preventative maintenance skills to service high-tech mill operations. Please call Carl Jansen, a 9 year veteran with the USN and USAF, to discuss your background for a potential fit to work for our client companies. Leadership, organizational, and technical skills in hydraulics, pneumatics and/or rotating machinery, or process control systems are essential. (Search Assignment #6415)


Engineering Positions

Forest Product Manufacturing Project Engineers and CAD Designers needed for $20 MM+ new sawmill/planer projects in the Western U.S.
Well established forest product project engineering consulting firm in the NW is seeking skilled talent to service new clients focused on efficiently converting logs to lumber. Projects range from preliminary design to final design, construction and startups. CAD Designers can make $3,500+ per week, Project Engineers $4,500+ per week. Projects are seasonal depending on markets and financial resources with client companies. Candidates can also work from their homes. (Search Assignment #6377)

Be sure to visit other pages on our website for career information, resume preparation, articles regarding our industry and personal development. Search North America has many other opportunities with our client firms for qualified supervisors and managers in the electrical/mechanical maintenance, operations, engineering, administrative, sales and marketing fields. We serve clients throughout North America who produce softwood/hardwood lumber, softwood/hardwood plywood, laminated veneer lumber, oriented strandboard, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, engineered wood products, cross-laminated timber products, and cutstock/remanufactured wood products as well as wood processing equipment, energy generation, resin and chemical producers. For a confidential discussion or further information contact Carl Jansen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at 541/593-2777. We look forward to hearing from you!


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