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Technical Manager – Huguley, AL

Jul 17, 2019

Technical Manager

Job Purpose

Plan, direct, and coordinate the efficient operation of the quality function of an Oriented Strand Board Mill.  Duties and responsibilities include formulating lab policies, managing daily procedures, and planning the use of raw materials in the composition of Oriented Strand Board.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates raw material deliveries with CSX and suppliers ensuring raw material is available to operate the mill while meeting the mills financial budgets
  • Develop and maintain lab procedures and checklists
  • Verify and calibrate lab equipment
  • Analyze data collected using statistical techniques
  • Ensures blenders are clean
  • Ensures filters are clean
  • Maintains moisture meters, thickness gauge and blow detector
  • Ensures the accurate adjustment of moisture meters
  • Ensures the formula of wax and resin meets the customers and Norbord’s specifications and adjusts as required
  • Provides hands on and technical support for the mill and manufacturing processes
  • Ensures the efficient scheduling of the CSX tank car
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3+ years manufacturing experience OR 10 years of manufacturing management experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Thorough knowledge of manufacturing OSB including blending, forming, pressing, finishing and testing
  • Thorough knowledge of statistical concepts and application
  • Thorough knowledge of quality systems and test methods
  • Thorough knowledge of physical properties and application
  • Leadership — ability to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction
  • Engaging others — ability to set and achieve goals through others
  • Innovation — demonstrates creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems

Specialized knowledge or skills needed:

  • Functional / Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Decision Quality: Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.
  • Process Management: Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can’t; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.
  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people – up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can defuse even high-tension situations comfortably.

Working conditions

The incumbent will divide their time between an office setting and operational setting which may include, hot, cold, wet and humid conditions. The incumbent may be periodically required to work extended or varied hours in order to accomplish tasks.

Direct reports

This position has direct reports.  Leadership is a key requirement for success in this role.

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