Position Description

Continuous Improvement (Process) Engineer-Paper
Location SC - Anderson
Employment Duration Full time
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First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global, privately-held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.


Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Continuous Improvement (Process) Engineer-Paper for our First Quality Tissue, SE location in Anderson, SC.  This position will be responsible for providing leadership for new product development, material improvements, process improvements, process validations, procedure development, with the goal of improving efficiencies, lowering costs and expanding the business with the new products or product improvements while insuring compliance with quality systems and regulatory requirements.  

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Promote an action oriented safety culture embracing safety as a core value, instilling and exemplifying a safety mindset for all team members resulting in an incident free workplace.

  • Work in conjunction with Quality department to ensure finished product satisfies all finished product quality standards.

  • Responsible for providing technical support for paper machine to improve efficiencies of all equipment in the paper making process.

  • Organize, implement and maintain production process flow. Develop best practices, routines and innovative solutions to improve production rates and quality of output.

  • Systematically evaluate, analyze and identify trends in manufacturing processes/equipment issues and data from failures. Create and implement recommendations to prevent recurrence to reduce downtime and waste.

  • Complete design and development projects by training, providing technical support and promoting growth of paper operations personnel to improve understanding of processes.

  • Prepare documentation for new manufacturing processes and/or engineering procedures, reviews design drawings and customer specifications.

  • Utilizes project management skills, prepares timelines, schedules, and coordinates multiple disciplines to meet required schedules.

  • Proposes, installs, starts up, and validates new equipment.

  • Plans and leads process trials and communicates results to appropriate parties.

  • Apply continuous improvement methods such as lean manufacturing to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness. 

  • Identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

  • Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical Engineering or related technical field.

  • 5 years’ experience in a high speed, high volume manufacturing environment.

  • Previous paper industry experience STRONGLY preferred. 

  • Experience providing technical analysis, feasibility studies and recommendations for controls systems requirements preferred.

  • Microsoft Office applications

  • Experience in a lean manufacturing environment preferred.

  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

  • Fundamental knowledge of cost accounting principles.

  • SAP knowledge preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Analytical thought process by identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks and adjust priorities as necessary.

  • Detail oriented and thorough when completing work tasks.


Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!



First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations.  As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.


First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.

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