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Operations Systems Lead

Posting ID:     18693
Position Type:   Full Time Salaried
City:   Prince George, BC
Location:   CAC - Canfor (BC14) 


Who We Are:


At Canfor, we know wood-based products can build a better world, whether it’s a component in your smartphone or skyscrapers built from wood. We founded our entire company on that idea. Because, we know that wood-based products are sustainable and the opportunities to innovative have only just begun.


We know when managed responsibly, the forest is everlasting and Canfor is committed to using virtually 100% of every tree for lumber, pulp, paper, and renewable energy—so nothing goes to waste.


You can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We’re especially excited by the innovative ways some of our customers are using our products. We know that the work we all do at Canfor today will shape what the world looks like tomorrow. Whether that means building a house or a skyscraper, using paper instead of plastic or learning something new from a colleague down the hall or around the globe. We know not everyone thinks about their impact on the world but at Canfor, we do.


Position Summary:


The Operations Systems Lead will strategize, define and lead work in collaboration with Pulp Mill Operations, IT and other supporting teams to improve the way we capture, store and work with information in our manufacturing / operations systems, providing early insight into issues, maximizing production and minimizing process and equipment failures.


Key Responsibilities:


The Operations Systems Lead will be responsible for developing operational information strategy, advising Operations and supporting teams on improving data management and access to information by:


  • Partnering with Pulp Operations and other stakeholders ensuring ongoing sustainability of solutions and establishing forward-looking roadmaps in the Manufacturing Systems digital ecosystem
  • Providing visibility, through modern technical tools, into manufacturing performance including run conditions, quality, up-time, cost; and missed controls in early stages, avoiding costly operational downtime, minimizing process and equipment failure, and maximizing production; and supporting mill optimization
  • Leading the development and standardization of technical views, trends, dashboards and real-time process displays, in the data historian or other tools, with visibility to important information
  • Optimizing data collection processes and removing data islands
  • Planning and engineering of information solutions, across multiple platforms
  • Leading data historian / operations systems sustainment support and strengthening the support model
  • Improving the users experience through coaching and training
  • Developing strong relationships with technology ecosystem partners (Aspen Technology and others)
  • May develop into a people leadership role

The Candidate:



  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Engineering
  • Process Engineering with DCS/ PLC programming background



  • Thought leader in operational date capture and presentation
  • Data historian operation and support
  • 3 to 5 years Pulp Manufacturing
  • Strong interest and abilities working with data and analytics technologies
  • Project management and business process analysis

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills
  • Well-developed verbal, written, and oral presentation and communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility to respond to continually changing internal and external business conditions



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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Prince George, BC

Known as BC’s Northern Capital, Prince George is city that offers big city comfort and convenience, but small town serenity and sensibilities. As the largest city in northern BC, Prince George is a hub of industry, offering numerous employment opportunities and is home to the University of Northern British Columbia. This region’s temperate climate creates a lush environment of emerald-green forests and ample opportunities for outdoor activity. For more information, visit http://canfor.com/our-company/our-communities/prince-george

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