International Paper Maintenance Reliability Leader in NEWPORT MILL, Indiana


The Mill Reliability Leader will manage the Reliability organization for the mill. The Reliability Leader is responsible for developing a team of highly skilled reliability engineers, predictive maintenance technicians, and electrical reliability technicians. The Reliability team is responsible for the RCFA process, predicting and preventing failures through inspections, PdM techniques, PM’s and failure analysis corrective actions. The Mill Reliability Leader tracks key reliability metrics and communicates to the entire mill organization the fundamental reliability systems and behaviors that must be in place to drive continuous improvement in mill results. This position reports to the Mill Manager. Position level is commensurate with experience.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Reduce unscheduled downtime to world class levels, increase equipment life

  • Advance GMS Reliability sub-elements to, and sustain at, world-class level, as defined in GMS manual.

  • Develop and maintain equipment criticalities used in the operating areas

  • Maintain strong relationships with the Maintenance and Operations Business Unit managers, Area managers, and First Line Leaders, and challenge the organization to continuously improve reliability systems and behaviors.

  • RCFA system owner for equipment failures and implementing corrective actions

  • Mill-wide PCF Champion, identify and eliminate chronic problems

  • Equipment care development leader, with heavy influence on inspectors’ activities, routes, and ability to identify early failure indicators using proven techniques.

  • Development of Reliability Professionals (especially 1st year reliability engineers)

  • Influence operations to assure proper operation of equipment, basic care, and early identification of problems.

  • Introduce new reliability technologies and predictive techniques.

  • Maintain Reliability Action Plan


A bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering is preferred with 10+ years of operations, maintenance, and/or engineering experience in a paper manufacturing environment. Qualified candidates have a high level of understanding of reliability principles, are knowledgeable in CMMS systems, competent in using Lean tools such as RCFA. Good communication skills (written and verbal) are required.

Key Competencies:

  • Influencing Others

  • Motivating Others

  • Action Oriented

  • Managing and Measuring Work

  • Organizing

  • Drive for Results

  • Command Skills