Dimensional Lumber Processing Subject Matter Expert (SME)

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VSB Tech Consulting Services
Dallas, Texas
Feb 10, 2024
Feb 29, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Consulting
Job: Dimensional Lumber Processing Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Duration: 6-12 Months

Interview Process: 2 video Rounds

Willing to Travel to US and Canada locations.( no H1B for this position)

Flexible, with travel to various lumber mill (or plant) locations across the US and Canada.

We are seeking an experienced Subject Matter Expert in Dimensional Lumber Processing to work as a consultant/contractor to help improve our operations. Our client objectives include reducing production costs, enhancing product quality, improving predictability, maximizing production output, ensuring quality consistency, maintaining or enhancing operational reliability, enabling better access to management information for effective decision-making, enhancing software system integration, and promoting standardization across its numerous manufacturing facilities. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in the lumber industry, particularly as a plant manager or head of operations for a lumber mill, and the ability to provide guidance and recommendations.

  • Initial Assessment:
    • Collaborate with the head of IT for our large lumber company, reviewing insights and data gathered during plant visits over the last two years.
    • Analyze existing processes, systems, and operations to identify areas for improvement.
  • On-Site Plant Visits:
    • Personally visit multiple plant locations in a short period.
    • Meet with plant managers, IT lead, and other key stakeholders to gather insights, understand current practices, and assess areas of concern.
  • Strategic Analysis and Recommendations:
    • Drive the strategic analysis of the client's business and provide recommendations.
  • IoT and AI Evaluation:
    • Evaluate IoT devices and sensors to gather real-time data on production processes and equipment.
    • Assess and recommend AI algorithms for predictive maintenance, quality control, and process optimization.
  • Automation Solutions:
    • Evaluate and propose automation solutions to improve efficiency and reduce manual intervention.
  • Digital Transformation Roadmap:
    • Present a detailed roadmap for the digital transformation journey, including timelines, milestones, and key deliverables.
    • Outline a phased approach for evaluating digital technologies across Weyerhaeuser manufacturing plants.
  • Pilot Program:
    • Select a specific plant within Weyerhaeuser to serve as a pilot for testing and refining digital transformation solutions.
    • Define key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of the pilot program, including improvements in productivity, quality, and emissions reduction.
    • Ensure that the solutions planned for pilots can be easily scaled to other plants.
  • Emissions Reduction:
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for reducing carbon emissions throughout the manufacturing process, including energy-efficient technologies and sustainable practices.
  • Environmental Monitoring:
    • Propose systems for continuous monitoring and reporting of carbon emissions to meet regulatory requirements and sustainability goals.
  • Carbon Offsetting:
    • Explore strategies for carbon offsetting or carbon-neutral practices within the manufacturing operations.

    • Prior experience as a plant manager or head of operations in a lumber mill.
    • In-depth knowledge of dimensional lumber processing, including sawmill operations, drying, grading, and packaging.
    • Strong analytical skills with the ability to assess data and processes.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work independently and efficiently within a limited timeframe.
    • Proven problem-solving and decision-making abilities.