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Production Superintendent

Company: Western Forest Products
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


Western Forest Products has an exciting opportunity for a Production Superintendent based in Vancouver, WA.

With the overarching objective of Defining a Higher Standard in safety and continuous improvement, the Production Superintendent is responsible for delivering Dry Kiln, Planer, and Remanufacturing 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 General Manager, the ideal candidate is dedicated to sound business practices, continuous 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 General Manager, Maintenance Department and Sales/Logistics to ensure coordination of operational decisions.
  • Support the establishment and ongoing improvement of production metrics;
  • Review costs and metrics and utilizes financial data to improve efficiency;
  • Oversee inventories, ensuring optimal levels are maintained;
  • Purchasing of materials required for operations;
  • 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 lumber 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;
  • Hire, train, coach, mentor and manage the performance of hourly and salaried staff as well as contractors.


  • Make certain safety, quality, environmental, state and federal legislation compliance across all elements of the operation, holding staff and contractors accountable for adhering to Company procedures and operating standards;
  • Efficiently manage and coordinate production operations to ensure timely and targeted delivery of production targets as forecasted to maximize margin for the company;
  • Provide supervision across all Kiln, Planer, and Remanufacturing operations (Kilns, Planer, Moulders, Packaging, Yard), building quality requirements into each operation;
  • Working closely with maintenance leadership, ensures that all maintenance projects are coordinated to ensure minimal downtime;
  • Work with Company and contractor personnel to drive positive change with respect to operational safety, quality and productivity; and
  • Stay abreast of industry innovations and trends in lumber manufacturing knowledge and practices to improve company margins.


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 dry kiln, planer, and remanufacturing operation including all applicable safety and environmental regulations.
  • Excellent working knowledge of applicable Washington WISHA, Department of Ecology, and Employment Standards regulations applicable to the lumber manufacturing industry;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and logical thinking skills;
  • Understanding of financial reports, forecasting and budgeting; and
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset.


We strive to support our people in reaching their full potential. We provide a variety of on-the-job training and continuing education in many areas at Western to ensure you have the skills you need to succeed. Our promote-from-within culture recognizes high performance, and we offer diverse career paths across the organization for those with the talent and will to advance.


Western Forest Products is a Canadian forest products company that sustainably manages forests and manufactures high-quality wood products. We are committed to providing the most sustainable building products on the planet. With operations in the coastal region of British Columbia and Washington State, Western Forest Products meets the needs of customers worldwide with a specialty wood products focus and diverse product offering sourced from our secure access to a variety of coastal BC tree species. Our progressive approach to safe and sustainable forestry practices and large investment in manufacturing ensures the health and prosperity of our forests, communities and business for generations to come.

We provide equal opportunity in recruitment, career development, promotion, training and rewards for all employees.

Keywords: Western Forest Products, Vancouver , Production Superintendent, Other , Vancouver, Washington

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