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Mill Supervisor

  • Full Time
  • Nakina
  • 2024-03-08

Nakina Lumber Inc.

Position Title: Mill Supervisor
Posting ID: ST2023-03/06
Posting Date: Refreshed September 1, 2023
Job Type: Permanent full-time
Salary: Contingent upon knowledge, skills and experience
Hours/Shifts: Full-time; shift work
Work Site: Nakina, in-person

Company Overview:

Located in beautiful northern Ontario, Nakina Lumber Inc. (Nakina Lumber), a subsidiary of the Buchanan group of companies, is a fully functioning lumber mill, manufacturing finished lumber products from trees harvested from the Ogoki Forest. With up to 120 employees at any given time, Nakina Lumber provides a variety of employment opportunities for individuals, from general labourer positions, which require no prior experience, to skilled trade positions, such as industrial electrician, millright, saw filer and heavy equipment mechanic. Various supervisory opportunities also exist, across all aspects of the operation. Nakina Lumber is committed to ensuring at least 75% of its workforce is indigenous and is further committed to supporting the local economy through its targeted recruitment across Greenstone and the three First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls. Nakina Lumber is certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Certified).

Why Nakina Lumber?

Steady, year-round employment; on-the-job training; opportunities for advancement; healthcare benefits (drug, dental, vision, extended healthcare); life and disability insurance; pension; free, on-site parking with electrical hook-up; free bus or van transportation to and from the worksite, for Monday to Friday dayshift, for those without personal transportation; provision of personal protective equipment at no cost to employees; a subsidized lunch program; access to an on-site Counsellor & Case Manager; a friendly, supportive environment committed to employee success. Assistance with relocation expenses and temporary accommodation may also be available.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the General Manager, the Mill Supervisor is responsible for coordinating staff to meet safety, quality, and production targets and to ensure operational efficiencies. The Mill Supervisor provides leadership for the team working within the Mill.


• To work safely, in compliance with all company SOPs, policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
• To ensure production targets are being met.
• To support new employee onboarding to the Mill cross-training of existing employees.
• To support employee retention and scheduling practices within the Mill so as to support continued operations, without interruption.
• To provide day-to-day supervision and support of existing Mill employees and to work collaboratively with the Human Resources Manager in addressing employee issues/concerns.
• To oversee all sawmill work systems so as to ensure efficient operation.
• To support the preventable maintenance program, in collaboration with the Superintendent and Maintenance Supervisor.
• To provide leadership for Mill-wide continuous improvement programs, in collaboration with the Superintendent and broader management team.
• To ensure optimal quality and fibre recovery through the process of optimization and quality control, in collaboration with the Superintendent and broader management team.
• To ensure product quality (e.g., lumber, chips, bark, sawdust and shavings) meets customer requirements and lumber grade standards, in collaboration with the Superintendent.
• To ensure environmental compliance.
• To address concerns directly with the General Manager, Superintendent or appropriate Manager, in a timely manner, and to support problem solving around the concern(s) brought forward.
• To conduct oneself in a manner that contributes to a culturally safe, inclusive and respectful workplace.
• Consistent attendance for scheduled hours of work.
• Other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time.


• Experience working in a lumber mill or manufacturing environment considered an asset.
• A minimum of three (3) years relevant experience.
• Excellent communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
• Experience managing and providing leadership for employee teams.
• Experience working with diverse cultures, including indigenous populations, considered an asset.
• Proficiency in French language considered an asset.
• Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks, with minimal supervision.
• An ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced and multi-worksite environment.
• Receptive and responsive to receiving direction and supervision.
• Access to a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required.
• An ability to commit to reliable and consistent attendance.
• A strong work ethic.
• An ability to focus in a loud environment, surrounded by lots of activity.
• An ability to climb stairs.

Interested candidates, please forward an up-to-date copy of your resume and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources at

***This is an equal opportunity position***
In order to ensure equal opportunity during the recruitment and selection process, Nakina Lumber provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request.

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