Maintenance Planner


The Maintenance and Engineering Department is responsible for keeping all equipment running at optimal efficiency to achieve operational goals, through preventative maintenance and technical assistance, while maintaining plant safety.


The Maintenance Planner supports operational goals and KPI’s for tissue converting productivity, quality and safety at the facility. This position is responsible for the scheduling and planning of maintenance and preventative maintenance activities, and ensuring that spare parts are on hand in sufficient quantities at the time the parts are needed.


  • Reports to the Maintenance/Engineering Manager.
  • Works closely with, Production Leaders, Project Leaders, Engineers, Production Schedulers and Maintenance Technicians.
  • Works with Production Manager, Maintenance Supervisor, Shift Supervisors and Engineers to prioritize work and ensure maintenance resource allocation for maintenance downs.


  • Administer the Express Maintenance System (EM) to prioritize, plan, and schedule maintenance work efficiently while minimizing maintenance cost and equipment downtime.
  • Carry out job responsibilities in a safe manner.
  • Conducts periodic physical inventories.
  • Ensures completed work orders are returned promptly and correctly entered into the system.
  • Ensures employee safety needs are given a top priority in work planning and scheduling.
  • Generates a mid-month and monthly report on part consumption for the Accounting and Production Departments.
  • Generates a PO in EM for existing parts to be reordered.
  • Identifies and obtains materials, tools, required permits, documentation and equipment access as required. Consults with the requester, maintenance supervisor, engineers or maintenance technicians as required.
  • Store Clerk - Maintains adequate spare parts inventory for production equipment and facility maintenance in the storeroom.
  • Stage work and documentation for planned maintenance work.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Plant Manager, Production Manager, Distribution leadership, Quality, Cost Accounting, Production Analyst.


  • Works with Outside vendors/contractors in support of maintenance activities.


Education & Knowledge

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • General knowledge of machines and can identify parts.
  • Machine part terminology.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Working knowledge of facilities and industrial equipment.

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to read and understand machine drawings and /or schematic diagrams.
  • Accuracy with numbers and entering data.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy and competency with MS Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Maintenance or maintenance planning experience preferred.
  • Must be an independent self-starter.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Positive and professional demeanor.
  • Spare parts systems and parts ordering.
  • Stores clerk experience preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Understanding of safety requirements, practices and procedures.
  • Work management processes, labor estimating, resource balancing preferred.
  • Work order systems and related systems/software.


This position offers a desk and a computer with email, but mostly requires work in a dusty environment with noise levels up to 100 dB , moving mechanical parts, industrial lighting, air that is not conditioned. Proper PPE required.
  • Must be flexible and responsive to the needs of the department/facility/business.
  • Must be able to sit, bend, stand and walk during scheduled shift.
  • Must be able to safely lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Must be able to work 8 – 12 hour shifts.

Applying for a position with Mercury Paper:

Please complete, sign, and date the Mercury Paper application listed above and scan/email to Completed applications may also be mailed to 495 Radio Station Rd, Strasburg, VA 22657, Attention Human Resources Assistant.

You are welcome to include your resume and cover letter. Candidates may also apply at a local Virginia Employment Commission office or on their job search website.