Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC

HSC - Director, Mill Operations

Job Locations US-CA-Scotia
Job ID 2023-3044


Humboldt Sawmill Company, LLC (HSC) is looking for an experienced Director of Mill Operations to lead our our flagship Sawmill and Power Plant in Scotia, CA! The Director, Mill Operations will provide leadership for all operational areas of sawmill business unit, including the Log Yard, Sawmill, Planer, Power Plant, Quality department, and Shipping department; by performing the following duties personally or through partnership with Senior Vice President, Operations, and business unit supervisors. 


Humboldt Sawmill Company, LLC (HSC) located in Scotia, CA  was formed in July 2008 through the reorganization of the former Pacific Lumber Company and related entities. Humboldt Redwood consists of forestry as well as lumber manufacturing and distribution operations. Humboldt Redwoods forestry operations include approximately 327 square miles (209,300 acres) of coast redwood and Douglas-fir forestlands. Our forestlands are located about five hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Humboldt County, California.  Mendocino Redwood Company, LLC (MRC®) and Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC (HRC™) provide rewarding career opportunities in forestry and wildlife with excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement.


Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC (MFP), is a leading manufacturer and distributor of environmentally certified redwood decking, fencing, landscaping, and dimensional lumber products throughout California and the Western U.S. Environmental stewardship constitutes the cornerstone of Mendocino Forest Products’ corporate culture. The company is one of the largest suppliers of redwood lumber in the world. Mendocino Forest Products requires each of our supply chain partners to utilize the best possible forest management practices. We grow more redwood than we harvest annually while practicing wildlife habitat conservation that provides clean air, fresh water, and natural habitats for plants and animals.


  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the business unit.
  • Meet or exceed stated Mission.
  • Establish and communicate operational objectives for the business.
  • Provide leadership in the development and maintenance of a clear business plan with objective metrics.
  • Coach the management team towards achievement of the business objectives.
  • Provide sound management practices, supportive of company Purpose and Principles.
  • Provide excellent support for affiliated business units and corporate services.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and implements changes.
  • Develop a business culture responsive to internal and external customer’s needs.
  • Develop and monitor operating budgets and forecasts.
  • Measure business performance against budgeted/forecasted standards and reports business performance.
  • Oversight of site-specific maintenance and reliability programs and initiatives.
  • Work with sales division to develop markets for higher yielding products.
  • Identify key measurables of the business and establish a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Provide leadership through example for all business unit managers/supervisors.
  • Establish competent management team capable of growing the business and meeting ownership expectations.
  • In partnership with Human Resources, support training to managers/supervisors pertaining to Human Resources in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with OSHA and Cal OSHA requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with Workers Compensation and Company safety program in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Support required training to managers/supervisors pertaining to safety and environmental program in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Provide a safe, clean, and healthy work environment for all employee’s and visitors.
  • Maintain environmentally sound practices and procedures throughout facility.
  • Responsible for all sire specific environmental compliance and reporting.
  • Communicate regularly with the executive management team and all key strategic partners in a timely fashion.
  • Complete such additional projects as may be directed by the Senior Vice President, Operations, or designees
  • Leadership and personal conduct are expected to align with the Vision and Mission for Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC.
  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university preferred.
  • Ten to fifteen years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public
  • Knowledge of Database software; Manufacturing software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software
  • Must maintain a valid California driver license and remain eligible and capable of operating company vehicles in accordance with company policy guidelines. 
  • Proficient skill level in Outlook, Power Point and MS Excel, Word, Project, Access, and Office

 Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and communicate.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly exposed to machinery in operation, fumes, dust, and loud environments.
  • This position requires wearing eye protection, hearing protection, safety shoes, leather or rubber gloves, and hard hat.



Interpersonal Skills & Professionalism

Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Ability to proactively resolve conflict; Maintains confidentiality; Remains open to others' ideas; Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.


Oral & Written Communication 

Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and requests clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.


Ethics & Organizational Support 

Works with integrity and ethically; Follows established policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organizational goals and values; Respects diversity.


Motivation & Initiative 

Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions as appropriate; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.


Planning & Organizing

Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.


Adaptability & Dependability 

Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; Follows instructions, responds to leadership direction; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.



Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.


Problem Solving 

Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.


Project Management

Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.


Technical Skills

Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.



Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.


Visionary Leadership

Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.


Change Management

Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.



Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.



Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.


Managing People

Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services. Continually works to improve supervisory skills.


Business Acumen

Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.


Cost Consciousness

Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.



Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.


Strategic Thinking

Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.



Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.



Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.



Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.



Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.


Safety and Security

Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions.


Equal Opportunity Employer, Valuing Diversity of our Workforce and Offering a Drug Free Workplace


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