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Maintenance Superintendent in Port Alice at Western Forest Products

Date Posted: 7/30/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Western Forest Products is currently seeking a Maintenance Superintendent to join our operations in Port Alice at our Jeune Landing Forest Operation. 


With the overarching objective of Defining a Higher Standard in safety and continuous improvement, the Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for providing day to day direction and assistance to the Maintenance team in order to meet assigned objectives. Working closely with the Production team, the Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for the organization and execution of corrective and preventative maintenance activities with the overall objective to drive improved equipment reliability and reduced overall maintenance costs.


Safety and Environmental Performance

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

Financial Performance

  • Supports the interpretation of financial data and analytics to identify cost saving opportunities; and
  • Support the analysis of downtime reports and other relevant metrics, identifies opportunities and initiates action plans to increase efficiencies and equipment reliability.


  • Provide leadership and direction to improve safety, reduce operational costs, and drive efficiencies with company unionized employees and contractors;
    • Directs unionized maintenance personnel and contractors to ensure that all equipment operates at its highest capability to meet required production schedules, quality and cost priorities;
  • Ensure hourly employee and contractor awareness and compliance with safety, environmental and operational policy, procedures and regulations;
  • Hire, train, coach, mentor and manage performance of hourly maintenance employees; and
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers.


  • Develops preventative maintenance schedules and processes that are cost effective and increase the availability as well as maximize the operational life of equipment, with the key objective to lower the overall cost of ownership;
  • Supervises all maintenance activities and supports capital project delivery, with overall focus to improve safety and productivity and minimize downtime;
  • Promotes pro-active maintenance practices by performing regular reviews of equipment in the field to determine overall operating performance and scheduling appropriate preventative maintenance to minimize downtime;
  • Day to day balancing of planned maintenance as well as critical repairs to enable equipment productivity and minimize downtime;
  • Optimizes parts availability in the warehouse to minimize equipment downtime while balancing economic maintenance inventory management;
  • Makes certain equipment repairs meet manufacturer's specifications, WorkSafeBC regulations and/or Company standards; and
  • Stay abreast of industry innovations and trends in safety and environmental performance and new technology or equipment to improve company margins.

Job Requirements


Education and Experience

  • 5 – 8 years of experience working in an industrial maintenance department, preferably in logging or similar heavy industry;
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic TQ with Inter-Provincial endorsement, post – secondary degree or equivalent experience is required; and
  • 1-2 years of experience supervising and managing staff.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Commitment to Western’s core values of personal safety, sustainable management, and environmental stewardship;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of logging and/or heavy equipment maintenance and repair;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Understanding of financial reports and forecasting;
  • High level of integrity and professionalism;
  • Ability to motivate and engage hourly employees to perform at a higher standard;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and logical thinking skills;
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset;
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, proficiency in the use of Project Management and equipment efficiency software is desired.

This position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early for consideration.
Internal candidates please apply to this posting and notify recruitment of your interest.