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Supervisor, Sawmill Production in Nanaimo at Western Forest Products

Date Posted: 10/10/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description


The Duke Point Sawmill Division is hiring for Production Supervisor for both the Sawmill and Planermill.

With the overarching objective of Defining a Higher Standard in safety and continuous improvement, the Production Supervisor is responsible for the planning, coordination, scheduling and executing of site specific production activities. Working closely with the Superintendent, Production and the Production Crew, the Production Supervisor is responsible for overall management and coordination of all production activities.  


Safety and Environmental Performance

  • Ensure all production activities conform to appropriate safe work policies and practices leadership.

Financial Performance

  • Participate on cross functional teams designed to deliver on and improve various performance metrics: Safety, Production, Reliability, Costs; and
  • Provide detailed and accurate reporting information for both safety, production, and performance related matters.


  • Provide direction, guidance and support to production personnel and operators;
  • Foster an environment of recognition and accountability with direct reports; and
  • Develop and monitor performance standards and expectations for various machine centers and operators.


  • Manage and optimize mill flow during both normal and upset conditions; and
  • Monitor operation, complete reports, attend meetings and admin skills.


Job Requirements


Education and Experience

  • Excellent understanding of sawmills and their processes with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment; or supervisory experience in a planermill environment;
  • A solid understanding of OH&S safety regulations;
  • Lumber grading certification with knowledge of coastal grades and species is an asset;
  • Sawmill Planer experience will be considered
  • Post-secondary education in Wood Products Processing, Forestry, Commerce, or Manufacturing is an asset.

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;
  • A strong personal commitment to safety and the safety of others;
  • Possess strong leadership skills: motivational, organizational, communication (written and verbal), troubleshooting and mediational skills; and
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

This position will remain open until filled, candidates are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

Internal candidates, please apply to the posting and notify Recruitment of your interest.