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Lead Hand

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Acheson, AB, Canada

The Opportunity:
You're a collaborative communicator that is effective in building strong relationships and fostering teamwork. A motivated team player who communicates with ease and prioritizes your tasks and assignments. You are described as a mentor by your colleagues and operate collectively with all groups of the operation. You're an upcoming leader of people with exceptional communication and problem-solving skills. This role is for you.

Much like yourself, Canfor doesn't compromise. Our Production Lead hands are ambassadors of their people and of the company itself. If you're going to be successful here, you're going to understand the importance of balancing production, maintenance, and your team's needs while being accountable to our safety culture.

If this speaks to you, this opportunity, at our Spruceland remanufacturing facility in Acheson, AB might just be your calling.

Reporting to the Production Supervisor this individual is responsible for assisting in day-to-day operations on assigned shift(s) that achieve/meet requirements for safety, environment, and quality. As part of this role, you will be a key contributor to building and maintaining a culture of continuous improvement of processes, efficiencies, and productivity.

A day in the life of a Production Lead Hand will include:
  • Leading by example - by dealing w/team members & responding to changes in work environment in a positive manner.
  • Providing effective leadership and direction to hourly employees (coaching, cross-training, and escalating employee-related issues and concerns to the supervisor
  • Assist in Weekly/daily audits, weekly clean up, and forklift, moulder inspections
  • Contribute to reviews and analysis of the pre-trip performance indicators/requirements to maximize the value and quality of production outputs
  • Daily checks to ensure that proper methods and procedures are being used and that quality, safety, and environment standards are met
  • Ensures a safe working environment is always maintained by enforcing Company standards and regular inspections, including but not limited to DATS, LMS, ENABLON programming
  • Fosters a culture of knowledge sharing with other personnel
  • Leading safety incident investigations from start to finish
  • Provide a concise summary to the cross-shift to ensure relevant information is made available to the incoming shift
  • Troubleshoot production issues, identify root causes and implement preventive measures to minimize downtime

For this role, you come equipped with:
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to lead by example
  • Ability to quickly analyze issues and brainstorm potential solutions, evaluating these options, and implementing the most practical alternative
  • Collabortaive communicator that is effective in building string relationships and fostering teamwork
  • Flexibility to work alternate shift schedules and varying hours
  • Ability to perform repetitive, manual tasks for extended periods including piling lumber, standing for long hours, walking, shoveling, climbing stairs, bending, and lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Good organizational and time-management skills
  • High degree of urgency and attention to detail
  • In-depth manufacturing knowledge
  • Proficiency to adopt and encourage innovative and strategic thinking
  • Strong safety focus and hard work ethic

Don't check off every single bullet point? At Canfor, we prioritize the right fit for our organization over a strict checklist of criteria. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds may not perfectly align.

Our people-focused approach prioritizes safety, embraces diversity, valuing everyone's unique qualities. We believe that inclusion and diversity are crucial for our productivity, creativity, innovation, and competitive edge. Our recruitment process is fair and equitable, based on qualifications and experience.

We appreciate all candidates' interest but will contact only those selected for interviews. Our hiring for various positions is ongoing and includes different screening processes such as behavioral assessments, references, and criminal record checks, depending on the role and location.


Job Segment: Facilities, Forklift, Warehouse, Operations, Manufacturing

About Canfor

Canfor is one of the world’s largest and most respected integrated forest products companies. For more than 75 years, we have been delivering top-quality lumber, pulp and paper products to our valued customers worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and the Southern United States, and sales offices around the world, you can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We are leaders in sustainable forest management and in converting wood residuals into green energy.


Construction Forestry, Fishing, Mining, Oil and Energy

Company Size

5001-10,000 employees

Application closing date is 2024-07-21

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