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Maintenance Supervisor/Planner

Country:  United States
Country/Region:  Un
City:  Cloquet


Career Opportunity


Sappi North America is a division of Sappi Limited, a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in nine countries with sales offices in 50 countries. The Cloquet Mill, located on the banks of the St. Louis River, produces some of the highest quality heavyweight web and sheet fed products in the world.  The original mill opened in 1898 and has undergone a variety of changes and improvements over the years, most-recently (2013) to convert the pulp mill into a producer of Verve, a dissolving wood pulp used primarily for the textile markets. With the conversion, the pulp mill is now able to swing between dissolving wood pulp and Kraft pulp based on market needs.  With a focus on responsible and sustainable operations, the Cloquet Mill is focused on energy savings improvements which have led to local, state, and national environmental recognition.


Position (job title):  Maintenance Supervisor/Planner 

Department:  Maintenance 

Work Site:  Mill Cloquet 



Sappi—Cloquet is a team-based environment with over 100 years of continuous pulp and paper making history. The culture of the workforce has evolved to promote an atmosphere where hourly and salaried staff work together to get the job done.  This position offers the opportunity to work and grow in a vibrant, forward thinking mill with a team of highly-skilled, dedicated employees. The person in this role is integral to the overall success of the mill and, as such, is a key member of the management team.

  • Responsibilities include safety performance, regulatory compliance, reliability, and cost control.
  • Reporting to the Maintenance Superintendent, this position works closely with the organization’s Safety, Environmental, Operations and Reliability leaders to achieve and maintain maintenance and operational excellence.
  • Keep equipment bills of material current.
  • Review parts for inventory reduction &/or needed inventory level.
  • Develop tasks lists as needed for all new and existing equipment including standard work procedures.
  • Focused on maximizing wrench time.
  • Assigns all work including redirects to the maintenance work force.



  • As a key member of the maintenance team, you will lead the safety initiatives that ensure an accident-free, safe, and productive workforce.
  • Manage and provide technical assistance to a diverse, highly skilled workforce in a team-oriented, self-directed environment to meet the business needs of the organization
  • Manage the daily and long range planning and work execution goals for the team, in conjunction with operating personnel, to ensure the targeted business results are achieved.
  • Lead the team’s efforts to deliver precision maintenance best practices and continuously improve equipment reliability, integrity, and performance.
  • Maintain productivity by detailed planning and organization of work packages and documentation using a computerized maintenance management system.
  • Strong leadership, motivational, and analytical thinking skills.
  • Facilitates the resourcing of planned and scheduled maintenance work assigned at the weekly scheduling meeting.
  • Building strong, cross functional empowered teams.
  • Identifying and implementing training needs.


Entry Requirements

  • BS in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering; or AS in a technical field or Process Control.  
  • Five or more years of maintenance experience may be substituted for post-secondary education but must include experience in a maintenance craft, or as a maintenance coordinator, maintenance supervisor/planner, or engineer in an industrial setting.



Salary is determined by a number of factors including the value of the job to the organization, market forces, internal equity and skills brought to the job.

HR Contact for Questions: Danna Carol Skull 


Sappi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Sappi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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