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Plant Manager

Posting ID:     27089
Position Type:   Regular    
City:   El Dorado, AR, United States 
Location:   El Dorado - Canfor Southern Pine, Inc  


You are a visionary Industrial Leader, known for your accountability, reliability, and passion for empowering your team. Your strategic leadership skills drive performance excellence, and you expertly balance production, maintenance, and team needs while prioritizing safety above all else. Your foresight enables you to anticipate and address long-term production challenges, ensuring consistency and efficiency within your group.


As the Plant Manager, reporting directly to the General Manager, you will hold a senior and pivotal role in our organization. Leading the mill's senior management team, you will focus on the safe and efficient operation of our sawmill. Your leadership will be instrumental in achieving Canfor’s business objectives for productivity, quality, cost management, and recovery, ultimately maximizing profits. You will inspire your team to create a safe, motivated, and productive work environment that fosters continuous improvement.


The life of the Plant Manager will include:


  • 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 policies 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 permits; is a responsible steward of the environment.
  • Determines sawmill operating strategies, including optimization programs to maximize mill margin; provides a clear 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.


Come equipped with:


  • 5 or more years' experience at a minimum of 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 organizational 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.


If you are a dynamic leader with a passion for driving operational success and fostering a culture of excellence, we invite you to join our team. Click "Apply" now to take the next step in your career with Canfor!

Don't check off every single bullet point? At Canfor, we prioritize the right fit for our organization over a strict checklist of criteria. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds may not perfectly align.


At Canfor, we embrace diversity, valuing everyone’s unique qualities. We believe that inclusion and diversity are crucial for our productivity, creativity, innovation, and competitive edge. Our recruitment process is fair and equitable, based on qualifications and experience.


We appreciate all candidates' interest but will contact only those selected for interviews. Our hiring for various positions is ongoing and includes different screening processes such as behavioral assessments, references, criminal record checks, and drug testing, depending on the role and location.


Why Canfor? We're a global leader in low-carbon forest products like lumber, pulp, paper, wood pellets, and green energy. We prioritize innovation, environmental practices, and community support. In the U.S., we operate as Canfor Southern Pine, offering high-quality, sustainable Southern Yellow Pine.


Our people-focused approach prioritizes safety, well-being, and growth. We provide learning opportunities for skill development at every career stage, competitive compensation, and industry-leading benefits for employees and their families.


Join us today, and together, we can build a sustainable future.


El Dorado/Urbana, AR
Historic El Dorado and nearby Urbana are located in the Timberlands region of South Arkansas. Nestled near the calm waters of the Ouachita River, this oil “boom town” of the 1920s has evolved over the years into an area rich in southern charm, history and well-known festivals. The citizens of El Dorado and Urbana have prioritized education, which is demonstrated by their school district being known for its innovation and unsurpassed financial support. For more information, visit

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