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Production Superintendent, Sawmill in Nanaimo at Western Forest Products Employee Network

Date Posted: 9/13/2018

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Job Description


With the overarching objective of Defining a Higher Standard in safety and continuous improvement, the Production Superintendent is responsible for delivering Sawmill production volumes in a manner that support the Company’s safety, sustainability, production, and financial goals.   The Production Superintendent is a leadership  role in the operation and is responsible for the safe and efficient coordination of Company employees and  contractors.  Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Production Superintendent is dedicated to sound business practices, continous improvement and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, resulting in improved safety, efficiency, quality, and profitability, as measured by production metrics.


Safety & Environmental Performance

  • Provide leadership in safety and environmental stewardship by demonstrating and ensuring the adherence to company safety and sustainability processes and procedures.

Financial Performance

  • Work closely with the Operations Manager, Maintenance Superintendent, Production Coordinator Quality Control Supervisor, Fibre Supply and Finance to ensure all operational decisions are based on sound financial analytics;
  • Support the establishment and ongoing improvement of production metrics;
  • Review costs and metrics and utilizes financial data to improve efficiency;
  • Contract negotiations; where applicable
  • Oversee log and lumber inventories, ensuring optimal levels are maintained;
  • Purchasing of materials required for operations; where applicable
  • Make recommendations on capital investment opportunities and oversee project implementation in order to provide greatest return to the company; and
  • Recommend effective and innovative strategies for the financial well-being of the Operation.



  • Provide leadership and direction to improve safety and environmental performance, reduce operational costs, enhance log value, and maximize margins while promoting Westerns core values;
  • Create and sustain a culture of accountability and continuous improvement;
  • Protect Western’s reputation by managing issues, engaging support from senior leadership as required;
  • Assist with the management of the USW relationship and other key relationships and contractual obligations;
  • Hire, train, coach, mentor and manage the performance of hourly and salaried staff as well as contractors.


  • Make certain safety, quality, environmental, provincial and federal legislation compliance across all elements of the operation, holding staff and contractors accountable for adhering to Company procedures and operating standards;
  • Efficiently manages and coordinates log and sawmill production operations to ensure timely and targeted delivery of production targets as forecasted to maximize margin for the company;
  • Provides supervision across all Sawmill Production operations (Boat/Barker, Sawmill Kiln, Packaging, Yard), building quality requirements into each operation;
  • Working closely with the Maintenance Superintendent, ensures that all maintenance projects are coordinated to ensure minimal downtime;
  • Work with contractor and Company personnel to drive positive change with respect to operational safety, quality and productivity; and cost control
  • Stay abreast of industry innovations and trends in harvesting knowledge and practices to improve company margins.




Job Requirements


Education and Experience

  • 8-10 years of experience in Lumber Manufacturing Operations in increasingly responsible roles;
  • Thorough knowledge of lumber manufacturing including equipment, processes and products
  • Post-secondary degree Wood Products Processing or equivalent considered an asset;
  • Lumber Grading ticket is considered an asset;
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with coastal lumber and grading.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Commitment to Western’s core values of personal safety, sustainable management, and environmental stewardship;
  • High level of integrity and professionalism;
  • Excellent leadership, negotiation, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to motivate and engage staff and hourly employees to perform at a higher standard;
  • Expert knowledge of the full scope of coastal harvesting activities and all applicable safety and environmental regulations.
  • Excellent working knowledge of applicable Forestry legislation, WorkSafe, and Employment Standards regulations applicable to the logging industry;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and logical thinking skills;
  • Understanding of financial reports, forecasting and budgeting; and
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset.

Position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

Internal candidates, please apply for the position and then contact Recruitment to let them know of your interest.