Career Opportunities

December, 2018

Search North America has been engaged in professional search, recruiting, and placement for our clients in the wood products and related industries since 1982. We are increasing the direction of our focus on position openings involving raw material acquisition, production, maintenance, and sales of high quality forest products. This includes CLT's and glulam products. Candidates must be qualified to perform and generate POSITIVE RESULTS! Positions available include...

Corporate Controller
Compensation, before bonus, could exceed $110,000 for a highly qualified candidate. Medium-sized Western Oregon based timberland and wood products manufacturing firm, with annual sales that exceed $150 million, is seeking an experienced Controller to assist in taking the company to the next level. Selected candidate must also have the skillset to be able to transition to the CFO position with the company in 2 to 3 years. Our client prefers to hire a 4-year college graduate who has over 5 years experience supervising all accounting functions, including corporate and payroll tax reporting in a multi-plant manufacturing environment. Selected candidate should have a positive track record in implementing the latest accounting software applications in all phases of manufacturing as well as experience coordinating remote sales order reporting, monthly and fiscal year end reporting, centralized invoicing, payables, payroll, and property/payroll tax filings. (Search Assignment #6461)

SYP Sawmill Maintenance Superintendent
Base salary to $110,000 with 15% bonus and attractive benefit package. Our client, who has multiple plants based in the Southeastern US, is seeking a qualified candidate with strong leadership and organizational skills to oversee all phases of the maintenance department. Selected candidate should have at least 5 years of heavy industry maintenance management with a focus on computer maintenance management system, multi-craft cross training activities (electrical, process control and mechanical), timely use of work orders, and spare parts inventory control, and purchasing. Candidate should have a track record in reducing unscheduled downtime and loss time injury rates within the maintenance department crew. (Search Assignment #6459)

Wood Treating Plant Operations Manager
Base salary to $105,000 with attractive profit-sharing and bonus package. Major integrated wood treating company with plants located across North America is seeking a skilled manager to oversee a newly acquired operation in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Our client’s objective is to be a performance leader in the wood preserving industry, exercising environmental responsibility and integrity. These goals will be achieved by focusing on customer satisfaction, core products, key markets, innovative work practices, and the optimal use of corporate resources. Due to the attractive existing customer base and expansive location, the company is investing in capital improvements and an experienced management team. Selected candidate must have a track record focused on profit improvement and working with skilled results-oriented sales management staff to expand production resulting in sales. Candidate should have a college degree and 8-10 years of experience in all phases of wood treating operations. Production lines consist of a wide variety of treated wood products which include utility poles and marine pilings. Our client is offering a very competitive benefit package. This opportunity needs to be filled with an overachiever in production and maintenance management. (Search Assignment #6458)

Maintenance and Construction Manager
Salary to $125,000/yr, plus bonus and benefit package. Our client, in the Western US, is seeking a skilled manager with industrial electrical and mechanical experience to oversee improving current maintenance activities through applying hands-on leadership with a focus on preventive maintenance planning and implementation in the field, improving electrical and mechanical craft cross-training programs within the 20-person maintenance team (electrical, mechanical & rollingstock), establishing a high-valued computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), and reducing unscheduled downtime.  In addition, client is planning to upgrade a 100KBF/shift large-log sawmill and add a new 200KBF/shift small-log sawmill within the next 24 months. Added improvements also focuses on new dry kiln and planer operations. Our client company has a significant ponderosa pine timberland base sufficient to extract log supply for lumber production beyond stated shift production targets. The focus is on maximizing the return-to-log values from the timber base through innovative marketing and sales programs. Once they have improved the small-log sawmill and senior management has approved the planer engineering details, the Maintenance Manager will then provide technical direction focused on insuring the construction schedule meets specific targets, including completion and startup with no lost time accidents. (Search Assignment #6450)

Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW and Southeast Wood 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)

Wood Product Structural Engineers
Due to the pending growth in engineered wood product sales of CLT’s and glulams, several of our mass timber-based clients are seeking certified structural engineers with a PE or an EIT and 3+ years of wood construction application experience. The focus is on interfacing with the architectural and construction sales staff to insure that designs satisfy all local building codes applicable to using structural wood-based components. Annual salary compensation ranges are very competitive, depending on experience. Employer will pay for relocation costs, if necessary. (Search Assignment #6448)

Wood Adhesive Technologists
Our CLT and glulam clients are seeking candidates with a BS in Wood Technology and 3+ years of wood structural component testing experience to oversee the sampling and product quality testing of a wide variety of softwood lumber species in CLT components designed to meet the strength specifications developed by the APA. Customers require specific testing results on shipped products prior to receipt at the specific CLT and glulam construction sites. This is a leading-edge job opportunity for candidates with goals to expand our client’s customer base. Annual base salary and bonus packages are very competitive. Employer will pay for relocation expenses to the remanufacturing CLT/glulam plant sites. (Search Assignment #6449)

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)

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 US-based 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) 

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, mass plywood panels, 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 regarding your skillset and details on our specific client job openings, contact Carl Jansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541/593-2777. We look forward to hearing from you!

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