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Technical Manager

Location:  Bennettsville, SC

Technical 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!



Provides overall leadership, direction and consistency for all areas of Quality Control. Responsible for leading mill-wide quality program including direction, support and training of quality systems to managers and production teams. The Technical Manager is responsible for lab, quality assurance and on-shift quality control employees, including their results.



  • Leads product development efforts to achieve customer and market opportunities.
  • Participates in product quality and production troubleshooting (analysis, yield improvements, defect and variation reduction, and validations)
  • Oversees quality data collection and reporting
  • Responsible for CPA Certification Program including formaldehyde emission
  • Responsible for all lab procedures and institution of new standards as required in accordance with guiding documents (i.e. ASTM, ANSI, etc)
  • Accountable for the development and maintenance of pressing recipes for all products
  • Utilize root cause analysis methods and statistical tools to resolve quality issues
  • Participate in weekend on-call coverage for the mill
  • Advocate for SPC through use of SPC tools for product and process optimization while coaching staff to do same
  • Participates in customer site visits and troubleshooting product quality issues with marketing/customers
  • Oversees QA and optimization initiatives
  • Support Production Manager, Area Coordinators, and Maintenance Leads in development, implementation, tracking, and reporting of plans for waste and grade-out improvement throughout the year
  • Share trial plans and results of trials with other mills.
  • Works with Business Technical Director to set mill published specs and maintain their accuracy.  Involve marketing for input and approval
  • Liaison with CPA and customers inquiring on emission related issues. 
  • Ensures compliance with CPA standards and works to develop ‘low or no UF’ emitting products for the market
  • Coach, support and empower employees within area ownership and hold personnel to appropriate level of accountability



  • Maintains and supports the Vision and Mission of our organization



  • Ownership of safety for quality department
  • Lead 6S projects as appropriate
  • Participates in mill safety and fire audits
  • Take reasonable measures to prevent accidents and coach staff to understand the impact they can make on a safer work environment.
  • Maintain a safe work environment
  • Ensure the completion of required safety training for all quality department staff
  • Responsible for cleanliness inside the lab and the area in front of the lab



  • Participates in the development of annual operating budget and capital plans for facility
  • Owns additive and additive efficiency improvements



  • 4 year college degree preferred (Bachelor’s Degree in Wood Science, Chemistry, Sustainable Biomaterials, or Wood Engineering or other Engineering discipline is a plus)
  • Minimum 3+ years of related manufacturing experience required including direct leadership of people
  • Excellent problem solving skills, highly analytical and possess good math skills.
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and SPC tools.
  • Computer Skills (Word, Power Point, and advanced Excel).
  • Willingness to be on-call as necessary and work a few weekends a year



  • Knowledge of CARB, EPA, and DEQ requirements



  • Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Lab Coordinator






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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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