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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

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


Career Opportunity


Sappi Somerset is among the largest paper mills in North America, producing over 970,000 metric tons of graphics and board paper and 530,000 metric tons of pulp each year. The mill began as a greenfield pulp mill in 1976, supplying fiber for Scott paper tissue mills.  The first of three state-of-the-art coated paper machines was installed in 1982, with subsequent machines installed in 1986 and 1990.  Significant reinvestments over the years has maintained Somerset's edge on technology and also to branch out from traditional graphic paper into SBS board grades with the rebuild of PM1 in 2018.  The mill can also produce market pulp based on fiber balance, and continues to push for world class status in the realms of safety, quality, and productivity.


Position (job title):  Lean Six Sigma Black Belt 

Work Site:  Mill Somerset 



The operational Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (BB) position is a leadership position based in the Somerset Mill.  The LSS BB has had proven success as a Green Belt or Black Belt who has consistently achieved business results, and worked with mill management teams, project sponsors, and key stakeholders.


The LSS Black Belt is relied on heavily to lead complex, high-value projects focused on reducing variable and fixed costs with project work interfacing with internal and external customers and suppliers.  The incumbent will provide training to all levels of the business to facilitate major change.  He or she will also coach, mentor, and train Green Belts, process improvement teams, and demonstrate mastery of a wide range of Process Improvement/Lean Six Sigma tools.



  • Timely completion of LSS projects; recording project details in tracking systems and adhering to project timelines to achieve savings with Green Belt support.  Continually influencing without authority, to implement improvements and drive continuous improvement.
  • Train, mentor, and coach Green Belts and teams, from project prioritization and selection to project completion and sustainability.  Assist with change management during execution phase.
  • Build partnerships within Somerset and support manufacturing in daily operational needs.
  • Organizational LSS leadership including, but not limited to, opportunity identification sessions, productivity reviews, and project pipeline management.  Monthly productivity reviews at Mill Lead Team level with project presentations and regular updates.
  • Provide specific training or tool execution for functional areas at request of leadership in all areas of Process Improvement.


Special Skills:

  • Self-starter, able to work on own initiative with minimal supervision
  • Effective communicator at all levels of the organization, especially senior leadership
  • Ability to lead senior teams to identify major change opportunities
  • Effective at influencing and leading teams at multiple levels within the organization
  • Ability to influence strategy and major change, utilizing change management leadership tools and skills
  • Able to use the full range of LSS tools as situations require
  • Ability to lead, teach, coach, and mentor employees in Lean and Six Sigma concepts, project identification, implementation, and follow up


Entry Requirements

  • 4 year degree in Engineering
  • 8-10 years of business experience in a pulp and paper industry
  • LSS Green Belt certified, preferred

HR Contact for Questions:  Jaime M Sayers 

Contact Information:  207-238-3496,  


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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