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Base PAper Engineer/Scientist

Country:  United States
Country/Region:  Un
City:  Westbrook
State/Province:  Maine


Career Opportunity


Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world.  We are a leading global provider of sustainable woodfiber products and solutions. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Printing Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, and one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers with our Ultracast and Classics lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Our Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labelling industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.  

Position (job title):  Technologist/Sr. Technologist - Base Paper 

Department:  R&D 

Work Site:  Technology Center 


Major Job Responsibilities:


The role is housed at SAPPI's Westbrook, Maine R & D facility and will involve technology development as it relates to all aspects of stock preparation and fiber development, wet end chemistry, and base sheet manufacture to support Sappi’s packaging and coated paper businesses.  The successful candidate will work on development of new technology and products that allow Sappi to make more environmentally friendly, better performing and profitable products into the next decade.     


  • Designs, conducts and analyzes results from bench, pilot and manufacturing trials aimed at new product development, and new technology development related to product design improvement and cost reduction.
  • Analyzes data, prepares reports, and makes recommendation for next steps in project work.
  • Stays up to date on current and future trends of paper and paper-based packaging technology.  Assists in technology scoping work.
  • Will occasionally work on projects related to mill troubleshooting and optimization.
  • Participates on interdisciplinary project teams and will contribute to the development of technical approaches and lead sub-elements of an overall project plan.



Desired competencies:


  • Basepaper fiber development, including fiber selection and refining for specific attributes.
  • Wet end chemistry, including retention, sizing and strength applications.
  • Fiber pulping and bleaching processes
  • Application experience or knowledge in the area of cellulose fibrils (CMF, CNF, CNC).
  • Technical leadership of strategic projects with a business focus.
  • Coordination and execution of complex manufacturing trials.
  • Effective leadership/participation of cross-functional teams for cost reduction and product development initiatives.
  • Ability to work effectively in a manufacturing setting.
  • Can work independently or in a team environment, with a proven ability to complete assignments in a timely manner.  Can work equally well in a lead or support role.
  • Demonstrated skills with regard to the commercialization of technology developments preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in the area of coated board is desirable.



Requirements:  Minimum Education and Skills


  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, Pulp and Paper, or Chemistry.  Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience working in a manufacturing or R&D environment, preferably in the area of basepaper for coated and specialty papers. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of papermaking equipment, fiber development and wet end process chemistry. 
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects.
  • Must be able to travel.


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:  Bethany M Kurlanska 

Contact Information:  Bethany Kurlanska , 

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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