CELEBRATING
NEARLY 50 YEARS
OF EXCELLENCE

FROM
NORTH AMERICA'S FOREST
TO WORLD MARKETS

VENEER MILL OR SAWMILL PLANT MANAGER

Besse Forest Products Group, headquartered in Gladstone, MI, is one of the leading producers of hardwood lumber, veneer, and plywood in North America operating four sawmills, one lumber concentration yard, three veneer mills, one plywood plant, and employs over 350 people.

We are currently seeking a Veneer Mill or Sawmill Plant Manager for Birchwood Manufacturing in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

SUMMARY

This position will be responsible for achieving company business objectives for the hardwood veneer plant to include year-over-year improvements in production, quality, and costs through efficient manufacturing methods which enable customer orders to be processed, manufactured, and shipped complete on time with the highest quality in a cost effective and safe manner.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for the overall production, quality, cost, and safety objectives for the plant. Develop and implement key performance indicators to achieve these performance objectives.
  • Develop and implement long range and short-term objectives, plans and programs for the plant, which align with overall business objectives.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of business acumen to understand how wood manufacturing, log procurement and sales impact overall company success.
  • Develop and manage plant operational budget to include both capital and expense items.
  • Lead a culture of continuous improvement and be a champion of activities, programs, and events to drive continuous improvement efforts throughout the plant.
  • Own the communication process to ensure plant personnel & company senior management are kept informed of conditions, trends, and important activities affecting the wood business as well as daily results, quality issues, and other business needs.
  • Partner with organizational leaders and outside partners to develop optimum capacity, efficiency, and profitability of the plant.
  • Plan daily and weekly production targets and delegate resources to ensure productivity and customer orders meet quantity/quality specifications, are ready for delivery, and are delivered on schedule.
  • Actively ensure training and development of assigned personnel to maximize safety, quality, and productivity across the production departments.
  • Perform performance reviews, employee relations activities, and corrective action in a timely and effective manner.
  • Support awareness of environmental and safety concerns in a proactive manner to ensure a safe environment for our associates and community.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position will manage 3-5 direct reports and 50-75 indirect reports

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

PREFERRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  • S. in Engineering, Business, Forestry or Wood Sciences with manufacturing operations leadership experience or has demonstrated management abilities application to the position.
  • Track record of driving operational success and results in hardwood lumber, veneer, or plywood production, quality, and costs preferred.
  • Financial, process management, and team leadership skills.
  • Skillful problem solving and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Capable of working effectively under pressure and meeting strict deadlines.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Experience working with veneer, lumber or wood products preferred.

Qualified individuals should mail, call or email to:

Nick Endres
Director of Recruiting & Talent Development
Besse Forest Products Group
933 N 8th St
Gladstone, MI 49837
nendres@bessegroup.com
(906) 280-5635

OR

Kathryn Meyette
Human Resources Representative
Besse Forest Products Group
933 N 8th St,
Gladstone, MI 49837
kmeyette@bessegroup.com
(906) 428-3113

Besse Forest Products Group (BFPG) is a leading manufacturer of quality Northern hardwood veneer, lumber, and specialty plywood.  BFPG owns and operates our own veneer mills, sawmills, lumber drying concentration yard, plywood operation, and forestry department. Besse Forest Products Group sells North American hardwood products to markets and customers around the world.

We are looking for an ambitious candidate to fill the position of Hardwood Sawmill Supervisor.  The position will be working out of Baraga Lumber, located in Baraga, MI and will report directly to the Plant Manager.

Job qualifications/ requirements include the following:

 

  • Knowledge of hardwood lumber manufacturing and grading
  • Knowledge of sawmill operation and general preventative maintenance
  • Strong work ethic
  • Maintain a safe work environment and enforce safety policies for all employees
  • Ability to work as part of a team

We offer the potential for advancement as well as competitive salary, paid vacations, 401(k) retirement, dental, group health, prescription drugs, life insurance and more.

Qualified individuals should mail, fax or email their resume to:

Human Resources Department
Besse Forest Products Group
P.O. Box 352
Gladstone, MI 49837
FAX: 906-428-0061
Email: hrdirector@bessegroup.com

The BESSE FOREST PRODUCTS GROUP is seeking a highly motivated individual to fulfill the Hardwood Lumber Inspector position at Goodman Veneer & Lumber location in Goodman, WI.

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate must have,

  • A working knowledge of NHLA rules
  • Three years of grading experience in green lumber
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment focusing on quality, production and safety is vital.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience.

Besse Forest Products Group offers an excellent benefits and compensation package. Benefits include medical and prescription insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, disability coverage, 401(k) Plan, vacation package and paid holidays.

Qualified individuals should mail, fax or email their resume to:

Human Resources Department
Besse Forest Products Group
P.O. Box 352
Gladstone, MI 49837
FAX: 906-428-1130
E-mail: hrdirector @ bessegroup.com

The BESSE FOREST PRODUCTS GROUP is seeking a highly motivated individual to fulfill the Hardwood Lumber Inspector position at Baraga Lumber Division, located in Baraga, Michigan.

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate must have,

  • A working knowledge of NHLA rules
  • Three years of grading experience in green lumber
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment focusing on quality, production and safety is vital.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience.

Besse Forest Products Group offers an excellent benefits and compensation package. Benefits include medical and prescription insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, disability coverage, 401(k) Plan, vacation package and paid holidays.

Qualified individuals should mail, fax or email their resume to:

 

Human Resources Department
Besse Forest Products Group
P.O. Box 352
Gladstone, MI 49837
FAX: 906-428-1130
E-mail: hrdirector @ bessegroup.com

Greg Besse
President | CEO | Owner

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