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  • Join a company that prides itself on putting its people first.
  • Exciting opportunity for a Quality Technologist who is motivated to contribute to the success of our business! 
  • Competitive remuneration commensurate with experience.
About the Organization

Created in 2008 and privately held, Harmac Pacific Pulp operates a Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp mill on the east coast of Vancouver Island near Nanaimo, BC. Nanaimo Forest Products (NFP) Ltd., the owner of the Harmac Pacific trademark, restarted the mill with a single production line on October 3, 2008. Since that time the mill has grown to two production lines and a capacity of 380,000 tonnes of world-class pulp per year.

The key to Harmac’s success is the employee ownership model. Our employees are very active participants in running the business and have 2 members that they appoint to the company’s 6 seats on its Board of Directors. 

The future of Harmac Pacific Pulp is looking bright. Through extensive capital investments, the organization has made significant improvements to productivity and reliability. In addition, as of 2013, we completed the installation of a 25 MW Green Energy turbo-generator which we currently use to export electrical power to BC Hydro. 

About Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo, located on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is one of the world's premier locations for a pulp mill. Nanaimo is also a great place to live. As the transportation, services, and health care hub for the central and north island, Nanaimo services the surrounding areas of over 100,000 people. Recreational opportunities are endless with access to extensive community recreation facilities and unmatched outdoor activities such as boating, skiing, biking, and golfing. Nanaimo is located just 20 minutes by floatplane from Vancouver and 90 minutes by Ferry.

About the Opportunity

Harmac has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Quality Control & Process Technologist to join our 380,000 tonnes per year pulp mill in Nanaimo, BC

As our new Quality Control & Process Technologist, you'll support the mill's quality control program and production process monitoring. As the primary resource for all tests on pulp both in-process and as a final product, you will perform daily fiber species testing and regular analysis of pulp properties. This role will see you monitoring the process to ensure quality is met, and grading the product appropriately. Finally, you'll also assist with process optimization/troubleshooting and environmental monitoring as well as working with staff, supervisors, and operating personnel to develop solutions to mill issues. 

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Carrying out the grade monitoring program which supports marketing efforts by predicting the end-use performance of Harmac Pacific grades. The program consists of the quarterly selection of representative samples of each grade followed by a full PFI evaluation. It includes preparing and refining pulp samples to predetermined levels and the formation, pressing conditioning, and physical testing of paper handsheets. The program also includes testing other properties such as species and viscosity and the sending of samples to outside labs for supplementary tests. 
  • Performing PFI evaluations on customer orders when required for the investigation and resolution of customer complaints involving strength or other beater properties as well as conducting PFI testing on sample bales and on competitive kraft pulps. 
  • Maintaining and calibrating all equipment in the Pulp Laboratory by regularly testing standard pulp samples in order to ensure that all equipment is operating within the parameters defined in currently used standards. 
  • Conducting microscopic testing in order to determine the softwood species content of coastal kraft pulps.
  • Acting as the primary species tester for the mill and supporting the production schedule by ensuring that grade changes are correctly executed. 
  • Acting as the primary resource in the calibration of process instruments such as the Kappa Q and QC, which measure kappa and brightness as well as the Forte system, which measures moisture. 
  • Ensuring that personnel performing manual tests related to pulp quality are using calibrated equipment and are trained to produce accurate results. 
  • Assisting in quality studies and helping determine the quality impact of process changes. 
  • Undertaking special testing programs aimed at evaluating the feasibility of novel processes from outside sources may benefit the company. 
  • Conducting appropriate studies and working with mill personnel to develop and implement improvements as well as optimize mill processes. 
  • Assisting in the troubleshooting of mill process issues and finding solutions that prevent reoccurrences. 
  • Conducting or assisting with air and water quality testing and environmental monitoring to ensure compliance with standards. 
  • Training other technologists in softwood species identification and, as required, on pulp laboratory procedures to ensure that the Quality/Process Technologist position is fully relieved. 
  • Participating in the departmental safety program and being alert for unsafe practices and conditions. 

Please note that this position may, on occasion, require working during evenings and weekends.

As our ideal candidate, you will have a post-secondary degree or diploma in engineering science combined with experience in chemical-based process industries or physical properties testing. You will also join us with strong practical laboratory skills, as tests need to be completed correctly and quickly. Practical understanding of pulp processes or knowledge of the industry processes would be an asset for this position.

Along with your qualifications, you'll be well-versed in multi-tasking, organizing and prioritizing to foresee potential challenges and act to minimize their impact. Above all, you will be a proven performer who is excited about contributing to the business as a whole.

About the Benefits

You will be part of the staff employee group. This position is salaried and offers competitive compensation as well as a wealth of benefits, including Dental, EHB, AD&D, Group Life, and Long Term Disability coverage and a retirement benefit. The company and union provide their own Short Term Disability Plan, which also applies to Staff employees.

Our employees are highly motivated, hard-working and dedicated to their job - but that's not the only reason to come to work. It is also about having fun, learning new things, meeting with a great group of people and being part of something you believe in.  Our employees enjoy annual activities, including a Curling Bonspiel, Golf Tournaments, Fishing Derby, Holiday Parties, and a mill housekeeping and pizza day.  We also organize social events to celebrate milestones for the organization.

Best of all, you will be joining an organization who prides itself on putting its people first. This is a job that will truly enrich your life both personally and professionally.

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