Asset Leader

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An outstanding opportunity exists for the right person to join Neenah Paper – Brownville New York Mill management team.


The incumbent will provide technical support and guidance to paper production crews to meet production and quality goals while emphasizing safe working practices and collaborating with maintenance to optimize equipment. The ideal candidate has the attitude, initiative, and excellent skills to support Neenah’s collaborative, high-achievement culture.




  • Exercise personal leadership to provide an environment that puts a priority on providing a safe and healthy workplace for employees and conforms to applicable local, state, and federal codes and laws governing loss control.
  • Actively engage in driving improvement in leading safety indicators.
  • Actively engage in driving safety results and culture improvement with all employee’s functional area.
  • Ensure that equipment installations and modifications are completed in a safe manner and that proper safety reviews (DSRs) are conducted and loss control risks are addressed.
  • Maintain high levels of housekeeping and sanitation on responsible asset base.
  • Support mill wide LCMS safety efforts to reduce accidents/incidents:
  • Maintain NPI’s reputation for superior product quality and dependable service by:
    • Maintain an effective Quality management process that will ensure conformance to all customer requirements as measured by customer reported defects ($/mlb, #/mmlb).
    • Develop and enforce procedures that protect existing and potential customers from all quality defects.
    • Engage in the Brownville Mill Sustainability Audit process as an active reviewer of completed audits on W5.
    • Support changes to products, product development, and customer service effectively and efficiently. Actively engage in the process and propose improvements that reduce cost/add value.
  • Achieve short and long term manufacturing cost advantage
  • Set aggressive and realistic goals for asset R/O, Yield, Uptime and Waste/Run while reinforcing continuous improvement.
  • Develop and implement cost improvement plans and programs that ensure continuous year on year real cost reduction, measured in efficiency metrics such as COM.
  • Lead efforts to resolve operational issues impacting asset performance.
  • Support capital spending to sustain operations, support strategic initiatives, and reduce costs while meeting financial expectations
  • Promote organizational effectiveness by enhancing culture and developing talent
  • Provide leadership that ensures two-way COMMUNICATION, active ENGAGEMENT, and consistent ACCOUNTABILITY throughout the facility.
  • Lead efforts to move towards a culture of high achievement and support in the manufacturing area.
  • Promote and support our Neenah Paper culture through your visible and effective demonstration of the following:
    • Safety – Continuously working to improve
    • High Level of Personal Accountability – Own it, Don’t be a victim
    • Actively Experiment, Course Correct and Scale
    • Results Driven – Playing to Win
    • Internal Debate, External Support  - Challenge, Align and Move Forward Together
    • Looking out for Each Other  - Assume positive intent
    • Celebrate Success - Recognize others every day.  Celebrate key milestones and successes along the way
  • Establish and maintain an optimum organization to ensure that paper manufacturing employees are qualified, trained, and motivated people to meet current and future requirements.
  • Assess staff, identify high potential candidates and work with them to develop a plan for their continual development, as well as plan to manage lower performing employees. Ensure the development of all employees to the maximum of their potential.
  • Maintain a positive labor relations climate.
  • Contribute to an environment in which all team members are respected and motivated to improve their individual and team contribution.
  • Establish and maintain a sound working environment that encourages involvement and promotes enthusiasm
  • Utilize “Decision Making Forums” to include alignment and challenge sessions, and roundtable review
  • Establish personal leadership goals and participate in appropriate training to ensure continuous personal and professional growth


  • A four year degree in engineering, management, paper science or related technical field is desired.
  • Prior related experience in a process-oriented manufacturing environment will be considered.
  • A track record of proven performance/consistently meeting objectives, and leading or supporting safety programs in a manufacturing environment is a must.
  • Experience with customer interactions; ideally collaborating with others to help define needs, identify solutions and resolve problems. Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Enjoys working with and collaborating with members of marketing, sales, business development, engineering and supply chain teams.


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