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Production Manager

Location:  Bennettsville, SC

Production Manager ( wood products manufacturing )--Bennettsville, SC

ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced forest product solutions for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.

ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. This is a direct-hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!


The Production Manager will be responsible for the safety, quality, and operational metrics of the MDF production line to achieve maximum profitability.

This individual will drive the mill’s performance, reduce variation, decrease waste, increase speed, and champion the culture of continuous improvement.

Job Responsibilities:

Duties of the Production Manager include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring the facility is operating in a safe environment and all employees are engaged and active participants in a safety-first culture.
  • Warrant that all environmental requirements are followed, and all employees are engaged in reducing waste
  • Reducing variation around key process parameters
  • Achieving budgeted cost of goods manufactured for raw production monthly
  • Driving uptime improvement with Maintenance Manager.
  • Co-managing product trials
  • Coaching lead techs through team development within the team design
  • Working closely with the Financial Manager to ensure product costing by production line is accurate and in line with costing models so that accurate data is accessible for potential sales strategy changes.
  • Ensure the Production Schedules are executed properly with maximum efficiency and the lowest cost possible.
  • Focus on Vision of Continuous improvement in all parts of the business: People, Costs, Production, Safety, Environment, Quality, Image, and Customer Satisfaction.
  • Work close with Regional Sales Team in product development, scheduled volume versus operating posture (including mix by production line) and customer issue/complaint resolution.


Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years in an Operations Manager / Production Manager, or similar position required.  Preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelors Degree (Degree in Wood Science, Engineering, or Manufacturing preferred, but will consider any Bachelors Degree)
  • Must have experience managing a large team (ex: 5+ direct reports, along with 40-60 indirect reports)
  • SPC knowledge or data analysis experience
  • Building products experience preferred (but will consider other candidates)
  • Strong Microsoft Excel and computer application experience. Data manipulation and interpretation is critical.


Plus ( Nice to Have):

  • Experience in wood products or MDF manufacturing is a great plus
  • Experience in building products is a great plus
  • Exposure to SAP CMMS experience (or any other ERP or CMMS, like Maximo) is a plus





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Arauco is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Florence
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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