Director, Asset Optimization

Operations / Opérations Fort Mill, South Carolina


Position Description:

Reporting to the Sr Director, Performance Improvement, then Director, Asset Optimization is responsible for analyzing, identifying opportunities and developing plans to close the gap to reach maximum asset capability. 

The position focuses on existing assets within Domtar’s fleet of manufacturing sites, which encompasses more than 12 locations in the US and Canada, producing slush and market pulp from the kraft and sulfite pulping processes, generating energy (steam and electricity) and making paper on varying OEM paper machines.  The position will coordinate with Domtar Manufacturing Leadership, Optimization Directors and mill Cross Functional Teams to define major asset capabilities and develop criteria to close the performance gaps of individual asset productivity, uptime, energy and efficiency.  The position will also work closely with Capital Project engineers and Continuous Improvement experts to align projects in support of achieving maximum asset capability.

Job Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

  • Develop/align the KPI’s needed to evaluate asset productivity, uptime, energy and efficiency across the enterprise, working closely with the other Optimization Directors to define criteria, create analysis tools and dashboards. Strategically develop programs or projects targeted toward improving business performance, leveraging the central team’s network to execute.
  • Act as the lead point of contact for manufacturing asset audits (BLRBAC, PSM, Paper Machines) and interface with FM Global and BLRBAC as needed. Maintain a risk register for mill assets for strategic decisioning by Manufacturing Leadership.
  • Lead and/or partner with the other Optimization Directors and Cross Functional Teams, as a problem solving support network for the system (i.e. troubleshooting, safe operations, environmental compliance, product quality), to reduce cost, deliver reliability and efficiency on an ongoing basis.
  • Engage in equipment and process design for capital and maintenance projects; evaluate options, review plans and provide input on vendor selection.
  • Use tools and methodology of Continuous Improvement to improve the manufacturing operations across the company.
  • Assist in development of the “Manufacturing Playbook” which defines the methods used to operate our Manufacturing business
Key Skill Sets:
  • In-depth knowledge of equipment, plant operations, maintenance outage processes, production commitments, cost drivers, and new technology, related to Pulp & Paper operations.
  • Strong oral, written, listening and communications skills with all levels of personnel.
  • Great collaborator who has to ability to work up, down and across the company to get things accomplished in an effective and efficient matter.
  • Familiarity with Capital Project Management methodology and the role of the technical resource in each phase of project development
  • Familiarity with structured problem solving methodologies (Six Sigma, RCFA, FMEA, Lean, etc).
  • Ability to effectively interpret and present technical processes, information and respond to questions from all levels within the organization
  • Able to prioritize and plan work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and in a matrix environment with other members of the central teams and mill organizations. 

Required Professional Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Technical fields
  • Minimum 10+ years of engineering experience in Pulp and Paper Mill operations with working knowledge of pulping operations, power generation, recovery cycle, paper and pulp machines. 
  • Strong capability with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, MS Project and Visio)
  • Familiarity with tools such as MIS (Manufacturing Information System), PARCView, PI, Minitab, etc.
  • Working knowledge of lean manufacturing and problem solving methodology
  • Must be able to travel up to 70% of the time, primarily in the US and Canada.

Domtar is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex (including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), marital status, religion, national origin, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.