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Careers in Our Industry

There is more to working in papermaking than just making paper. Nearly every job has a place in our industry: from chemical engineers to lawyers, machine operators to business development officers, researchers to software engineers. This is why our sector employs a diverse workforce with a wide-ranging skill set.

So whether you enjoy understanding how things work, caring for the environment, crunching numbers or solving problems, the paper industry could be the place for you. It all depends on where your academic strengths and interests lie.

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Discipline / Job Area

What Does This Job Entail?

What Do You Need To Study?

PRODUCTION

Machine operators and various technical staff all play a major role in the production process. People who have pursued mathematics and science as part of their studies are recruited for process trainee and engineering development programmes.

Formal technical background.

PROCESS AND ENGINEERING

This involves process optimisation, the design and construction of new manufacturing facilities, the modification and improvement of existing facilities and the supervision of all processes.

Civil, mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering.

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Control system expertise is needed to design and operate the process controls and computers that drive sophisticated paper machines.

Mechatronics, electronic engineering or computer science.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Protecting public health and safety by creating effective pollution controls, reducing the environmental impact of mill operations, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations, and making sure that mills are safe, efficient and do not negatively affect local communities.

Chemical, environmental and civil engineering, biological and conservation sciences or chemistry.

QUALITY CONTROL

Stringent testing and evaluation of all pulp, paper, board and tissue products.

Industrial engineering, chemistry and statistics.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Finding the new ideas and improved applications that keep the paper industry on the cutting edge of technology; developing new paper products, finding solutions to environmental issues and creating more efficient production systems.

Physics, organic and polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology, mathematics, paper science, engineering or ecology.

CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Internal and external communication with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Marketing, communication or technical.

FINANCE

Financial management, accounting, product and process financial controlling, budget management, financial planning, analysis and forecasting techniques.

Accountancy, finance or business science.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Industrial relations, training and development, health and safety, personnel administration, recruitment and staff selection and rural development.

Accountancy, finance or business science.

LOGISTICS, SUPPLY CHAIN AND PROCUREMENT

Planning and purchasing of goods and services.

Industrial engineering or procurement.

MANAGEMENT

Overall responsibility for leading diverse teams and for determining the strategic direction of the business and/or divisions.

Management, behavioural sciences or business science

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