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Plant Manager

Posting ID:     16221
Position Type:   Regular/Full-Time  
City:   Chetwynd, BC, Canada 
Location:   Chetwynd (BC01) 

Who We Are:
Canfor is one of the world’s largest and most respected integrated forest products companies. For more than 75 years, we have been delivering top-quality lumber, pulp and paper products to our valued customers worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and the Southern United States, and sales offices around the world, you can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We are leaders in sustainable forest management and in converting wood residuals into green energy.

As we continue to grow our company and our markets, find out how you can grow your career with us.

The Opportunity:

As a world leader in the forest products industry and one of BC’s Top Employers, we continue to demonstrate our confidence in the long-term prospects for our sector by investing in our operations, capitalizing on strategic growth opportunities and growing and diversifying our markets and our products.


Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Plant Manager plays a senior and critical role in our business and leads the mill senior management team. With a focus on the safe, efficient operation of the divisional sawmill, the Plant Manager supports Canfor’s goals in achieving business plan objectives for productivity, quality, conversion costs and recovery to maximize profits. The Plant Manager will inspire the team to create a safe, motivated and productive environment which leads to continuous improvement.


The ideal candidate will be a manufacturing professional with superior business acumen who brings mill leadership experience within the forest products industry. She/he will have exceptional leadership capabilities and skillful in managing profit margins. A self-starter and driver with a people-oriented approach, the preferred candidate will enjoy working closely with all aspects of the business in this exciting and challenging environment.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Champions the Canfor Safety Comes First culture; leads, creates and maintains a safe and healthy work environment by ensuring the continued development and delivery of a comprehensive site safety program following standards and procedures; complying with legislation and regulations.
  • Leads, manages and develops staff; coaches, builds and maintains strong working relationships; supports diversity and inclusion programs.
  • Ensures compliance with all environmental requirements and permit; is a responsible steward of the environment.
  • Determines sawmill operating strategies, including optimization programs to maximize mill margin; provides a clears sense of direction and focus to the team.
  • Oversees development and implementation of annual business plans; allocates resources effectively and fully utilizes assets to produce optimal results.
  • Develops and promotes a culture of performance management and continuous improvement in all aspects of the business; sets and owns performance standards and holds team accountable through regular communication.
  • Represents Canfor as a good neighbor within our communities.


Required Skills:

  • 5 or more years' experience at a Superintendent level in wood products manufacturing
  • Minimum grade 12 education with post-secondary education in wood products, engineering, business management or forestry would be an asset.
  • Demonstrates integrity with effective leadership and influencing skills.
  • Strong experience in continuous improvement is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, problem solving and team building skills
  • Strong business improvement and performance management skills with strong knowledge of business and management principles; budgeting, planning, resource allocation and human resources.
  • Resourceful and resilient; strong organization skills with the ability to effectively respond to continually changing internal and external business conditions.
  • An effective communicator with strong verbal, written and presentation skills.


The Incentive
Canfor offers a comprehensive, flexible benefits package that allows you to customize your benefits to meet your individual needs, and includes health and dental coverage as well as life, accident and disability insurance.  In addition to this, we offer pension and other benefits.

Grow with us
At Canfor, we understand that our strength comes from our skilled and dedicated employees and we work hard to support their ongoing professional development. We offer a number of training programs and development opportunities to support each of our employees in their pursuit of career advancement and growth. Whether you want to develop upon your skills or advance your career with Canfor, we offer a promote-from-within culture that will give you these opportunities.

Canfor Values

At Canfor, our values are at the core of everything we do. Safety comes first, and we are proud of our unwavering commitment to excellence, and customer satisfaction, which allows us to safely and efficiently deliver quality products to our customers around the globe.

  • Safety comes first.
  • We succeed when our customers succeed.
  • We are resilient and resourceful. We always find a way forward.
  • We are a good neighbour in our communities and a responsible steward of the environment.
  • We demonstrate integrity by doing what we say we are going to do.

Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must be legally entitled to work in Canada for our company.

There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.

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Chetwynd, BC
Chetwynd’s rich natural environment makes it a magnet for anyone scouting for a great outdoor experience. Carved out of the lush natural environment of the surrounding Peace River Country, it is also an appealing community for any young family and offers moderately priced homes, an excellent health care system and great schools. For more information, visit

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