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Division Program Engineer II

Atlanta, Georgia
21 Jul 2022

Purpose and Intent
  • A diverse, multi-discipline team fully aligned and in support of WestRock's Corrugated and Consumer Mill operations.
  • Driven to maximize business results of WestRock's mill system through collaboration with Mill Leadership and prioritization of assessments, benchmarking, standard processes, and systems to apply resources to the most impactful opportunities and results-based activities.
  • Process Optimization, Reliability, Engineering, Program Management and Business Management Systems driving consistent, data-based decision making to maximize value for WestRock and its shareholders.

Business Management Systems

Who are we: A team that provides a broad spectrum of services and tools to WestRock, Corrugated/Consumer Mills and the Engineering and Manufacturing Services team.We focus on:
  • Strategic capital development process, evaluation, and analytics.
  • M&A / strategic initiatives project support
  • Project cost & schedule services
  • Management and administration of the Capital Management System (CMS) and capital process.
  • Development, administration and improvement of processes, systems and tools.
  • Facilitation of the connection to key stakeholders (Finance, Accounting, IT, Procurement, Legal, etc.).
What is our Mission: Provide insights and direction to support our play-to-win strategies by:
  • Being a diverse team focused on process, systems, and tools support for all EMS functions to create a seamless analytical & data-driven environment.
  • Development of resources through cross-functional sharing and project experience.
  • Providing clarity through detailed analysis and a connection to the business strategy and need.
  • Being early adopters of new technology to advance the development of our team and efficiency.

Program Engineering

The Division Program Engineering team is responsible for managing programs that require asset implementation at multiple mills, coordinating division-level initiatives for goal development and process implementation that require cross-functional input, and creating strong partnerships throughout the EMS team and the company to support process standardization, tool development, data analysis, strategy development, and internal communications.

Job Summary

* This role requires 25% travel per year *

The Division Program Engineer requires engineering experience and/or education preferably within the paper industry. This position will play a key role in scope management, planning, facilitation, and execution for projects, programs and initiatives in support of multiple groups (Maintenance & Reliability, Electrical & Controls, Paper Machine, Power and Recovery, Pulp -mill, etc.) across the Engineering and Manufacturing Services (EMS) team. This includes developing and executing plans/schedules, tracking progress from project creation through completion, and assisting with execution and roll out. This is a hands-on role that requires direct production of deliverables and alignment with existing processes and procedures.

This position is initiated at a developmental level that focuses on learning project controls related practices (planning, schedule management, data analysis, tracking, reporting, etc.) in both a mill and corporate environment, then progresses into facilitation of initiatives that impact groups and workstreams across the organization. An ideal candidate for this position brings an experience with data analysis, attention to detail, passion for optimization through systems and tools, a natural curiosity to learn about the business, and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of people.

Role Responsibilities

  • Support cultural improvement in safety, inclusion, and engagement by serving as a role model for WestRock Vision/Values/Behaviors.
  • Promote and follow Company and Mill safe work practices and procedures
  • Support Corrugated and Consumer mill goals and guidelines.
EMS Team Support
  • Work with EMS team and identified business leads to identify opportunities for support
  • Demonstrates sound judgment in ranking competing priorities by developing metrics to measure impact of process improvements on performance. Clearly define timelines for execution and escalates roadblocks or issues to appropriate colleagues while demonstrating root-cause analysis to uncover the source of issues to ensure deadlines are met. Remains agile based on feedback to solutions and quickly adapt methods and recommendations in real time.
  • Engages with cross functional teams (Supply chain, IT, Finance, Safety/Environmental, Sustainability, Operations, etc.) as needed to gain support and insights on EMS team initiatives.
  • Ensures solutions are in alignment with other EMS or WestRock initiatives and any available WestRock tools.
  • Support systems and analytics team with large data intensive projects and initiatives through development of tracking tools and processes for non-construction project work.
  • Creation, Standardization, Training, and maintenance of business project processes, tools, and templates.
  • Strategic Projects Development support.
  • Generation of cost and schedule documentation to support strategic project efforts in conjunction with the Strategic Investment Method (SIM).
  • Oversight of external resources deployed on strategic projects and programs.
  • Business Program/Initiative Facilitation.
  • Support for large initiatives focused on continuous improvement within the mills systems and in coordination with Operational Excellence (Lean / Six-Sigma) techniques.
Skills And Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required; engineering degree preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in engineering and/or process improvement experience
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects and initiatives from inception through completion
  • High energy self-starter; must be flexible and able to take on an initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team
  • Adaptability to change and able to respond quickly to changing demands
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations with limited standardization
  • Ability to influence and shape work, progress, and processes without ownership
  • Presentation skills that are effective in a variety of formal presentation settings
  • Focus on continuous improvement and process optimization
  • Ability to prepare and interpret analytical reports and forecasts
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communications skills
  • Comfortable working with cross-functional teams and stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Strong technical and analytical skills
  • Strong organizational, planning, and people skills
  • Understands how to break down work into process steps and develop plans/schedules
  • Proficiency with Excel-VBA or Macros knowledge preferred
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint & Visio)
What We Offer
  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence
  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities
  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential
  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.
WestRock is an Equal Opportunity Employer.We strive to create and maintain a diverse workforce where everyone feels valued, respected, and included.WestRock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

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  • Job Reference: 663222954-2
  • Date Posted: 21 July 2022
  • Recruiter: WestRock Company
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Salary: On Application