Plant Manager (Management & Executives)

Full Time

  Columbia Forest Products

  Chatham, Virginia, United States


Position Title:  Plant Manager

Reports To:  Director of Manufacturing

Location:  Chatham, Virginia

Position Purpose:  Complete P&L responsibility for this site. 

Key Responsibilities:

1. Directs, leads, and engages employee owners to relentlessly improve performance in our safety, quality, productivity, customer delivery, and costs. 

2. Demonstrates, expects, and models the principles of the Columbia Way including: continuous improvement, getting our boots on to go and see, respect for each other, teamwork/engagement, problem solving, self-initiative in learning, and discipline in our execution and our foundational values of customer service, integrity, family, and sharing the success.

3. Drives equipment and process reliability through TPM, PdM, and basic equipment care practices.

4. Responsible for initiating and managing yearly budget requirements

5. Responsible for initiating and managing capital improvements. 

6. Teaches and coaches employees in "waste" reduction and use of lean tools. 

7. Champion of daily management system walks, data gathering, and problem solving at all levels. 

8. Leads and drives problem-solving...both "seeing" issues and using a methodical approach to attacking problems.


Customers Served:

All external customers, Employee owners, External vendors, Personnel at other CFP locations, Suppliers, our community in which we live and work.



Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

• Familiarity with the entire process for manufacturing hardwood veneer and plywood.
• Knowledgeable of wood species and production requirements.
• Good understanding of basic accounting principles.
• Analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks. Some travel required.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively with employees at all levels
• Ability to delegate.
• Ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. 
• Ability to interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems.
• Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
• Basic computer literacy - word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in Wood Science & Technology and/or Business. Other degrees would be considered with appropriate experience.


Seven to ten years of experience in wood products or a related field. Previous supervisory experience and Engineering experience a plus.

Work Environment:

This position performs tasks in the production area, offices, and outside areas, therefore, will be exposed to heat, cold, noise, dust, moving belts, pulleys, and gears.

Performance Standards:

1. Quality: Responsible for promoting and maintaining quality products and for ensuring that quality is taught to all employees

2. Responsibility for errors: Full responsibility for mill production and therefore will assume responsibility for errors in production, quality, quantities, shipping, safety, costs.

3. Confidential Data: Access to confidential employee records, budgets, products and processes. The release of much of this information could be detrimental to the Company.


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