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The “Head Finisher” is a position held by someone who has a demonstrated the utmost ability to personally and consistently perform and supervise the finish department as it does the required finishing process that meet AWI Quality standards on a variety of Architectural Millwork projects with wide ranging materials and finishes. Perform such work with the highest accuracy and quality while effectively managing their resources (including time, equipment and materials). As head finisher it is also understood that they will effectively supervise the activities of others assigned to this department either on a permanent or transient basis. While performing these duties all safety and governmental requirements will be strictly adhered to.

Demonstrated skill set

Ability to match color and sheens of customer supplied samples in the most efficient method possible. Working from shop drawings, work orders, verbal and written instructions, provide consistent execution of matching actual products with approved samples. Using a wide ranging variety of standard and non-standard finishes, techniques and available equipment to perform the required results. Inspect and prepare items for finish by use of both equipment and hand sanding when required. Reject white work that is not sufficiently prepared for finish. Work with others to resolve material or process difficulties as they affect the work. Positively receive direction and assistance from others as is appropriate for personal and team success. Assign, train, re-train instruct, assist and monitor work of all others assigned to the department. Keep accurate inventory of all standard finish materials. Perform and or direct shop touchups of finished work. Maintain, troubleshoot and resolve any and all equipment or facility issues related to the finish process. Investigate and learn new techniques, processes and materials to develop a wide range of skills as is required for changing finish needs. Maintain safe work environment and comply with all finish department safety protocols. See that accurate, daily finish material usage records are completed. Rework for department is minimal and does not affect project timelines.

Global Competencies

Meet or exceed all established quality, quantity, accuracy and timeliness thresholds for all assigned work activities. Consistently working in a safe manner while employing all required personal protective safety equipment, and machine guarding, following all written and known safety policies and protocols. Immediately take steps to mitigate imminently dangerous unsafe situations or actions; report to supervisor any unsafe equipment, observed or potential safety concerns. Perform routine good housekeeping methods to keep immediate and general areas clean, orderly, organized and safe. Look for opportunities to suggest and develop continuous improvements in one’s self as well as others on the team. Accurately and timely complete all required records and or forms as may be requested. Support all management in their leadership and strive to be a positive and supportive role model for others. Perform other assigned duties as may be required for overall company harmony, success and profitability.

Wright Architectural Millwork is located in Northampton, MA. We are central to the 5 colleges (Mt. Holyoke, UMASS, Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College). We have been AWI members for 27 years, and part of the QCP program.

Wright Architectural Millwork’s vision is to be a world-class woodworking company centered on values of trust and respect. Our mission is to provide our customers with the very best value in millwork products and services. We achieve this by employing the best people, utilizing current technologies and materials, and conducting all activities with honesty and integrity.


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