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Continuous Improvement Lead (CI Lead)

Posting Start Date: Nov 26, 2021

Location: Ashland, VA, US

Company: Cascades


About Cascades

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The Company employs 11,000 employees, who work in more than 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on.

Your challenge!


As the Continuous Improvement Lead you will be responsible for ensuring progress on deployment of all elements and continuous improvement of processes and standards.  You will have an opportunity to expand your knowledge as each day varies and be able to contribute to the plant’s growth and success.

The Bear Island Mill is the newest addition to the Cascades Containerboard Packaging lineup. This state-of-the-art facility will offer one of the lightest high end, 100% recycled linerboard and medium products on the market. The mill is currently under construction and start-up is scheduled for December 2022.

Job Responsibilities

Continuous improvement

  • Own continuous improvement levers and the CI pillar within the plant
  • Support and track engineering projects to improve processes
  • Reduce planned downtime by reducing changeover/cleaning time through standardization
  • Minimize quality issues by leading effective continuous improvement program initiatives



  • Share best practices with CI Leads across other sites and leverages other site learnings at their site
  • Own and report continuous improvement program progress within and outside facility


Operational Excellence

  • Ensure that standards are adhered to across systems
  • Provide input on overall pillar implementation plans



  • Coach site leadership team to increase maturity of their respective pillars
  • Helps coach other Line Centric Team (LCT) members on CI initiatives and processes 

Additional responsibilities

  • Support the Deployment Leader in the overall change program including change mangement and communications
  • Coach Site Leadership Team on driving pillar maturity
  • Guide and support the Line Centric Team (LCT) on improvement ideas and initiatives
  • Communicate best practices with CI Leads in other sites

Desired Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Operations Management, Engineering or related field (preferred)
  • Black Belt certification (preferred)
  • 3-5 years’ experience leading and coaching teams
  • Brings broad, cross-functional knowledge (e.g., operations, maintenance, quality)
  • Demonstrates good analytical, problem-solving skills and ability to drive insights
  • Demonstrates ability to overcome ambiguous and complex situations
  • Brings leadership and expertise in promoting buy-in to proposed solutions
  • Proven presentation and communication skills with stakeholders of all seniority level
  • Brings organizational and prioritization skills
  • Experience and understanding of Lean Production System principles and methodologies
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well and communicate with others

Why work at Cascades

  • Excellent company-paid benefits
  • Working with a dedicated and passionate team of leaders
  • Strong Company Culture
  • Profit sharing and 401K Options
  • Working for a company with a strong focus on sustainability and greener initiatives
  • Huge Career Advancement Opportunities


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Cascades believes in the success of an inclusive organization that values diversity within its team. All qualified candidates will be considered for this position in a fair manner. Use of the masculine in our communications refers equally to both women and men.


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