Reliability Lead - Paper Machine

Posting Start Date: Apr 6, 2024

Location: ASHLAND, VA, US, 23005

Company: Cascades



As the Reliability Lead your mission is to be responsible for all outcomes associated with the asset(s) involved in the production process.  Through the team approach, you will partner with the maintenance team and production operators to ensure that the machine(s) maximize production capability by reducing down time through proactive preventative maintenance and resolution of equipment failures.  Your critical thinking and experience in providing engineering and technical guidance will provide the foundation for  troubleshooting and implementation of modifications and solutions leading to greater efficiencies while maximizing the safety of operators.   



  •  Define standard processes and tools to handle defects (DH) and ensures that processes are executed properly to improve equipment reliability and performance.
  • Define / execute on standards for Breakdown Elimination (BDE) minor issues execution (6W2H) and major issues execution (root-cause analysis) and problem solving. 
  • Follow up with operators to ensure that any defects were handled properly.
  • Support operators in identifying and solving problems that caused breakdowns.
  • Determine planned maintenance needs and prioritize work orders / schedule the process for conducting planned maintenance.
  • Share best practices with other Reliability Leads
  • Ensure constant communication with the maintenance department to establish area priorities.
  • Continuously improve established maintenance processes including Defect Handling and Breakdown Elimination
  • Train and coach operators to handle different aspects of maintenance including DH and BDE and CID
  • Reduced negative impact of  machine reliability.
  • Support CI Pillar and Reliability Management Pillar




  •  Excited by working with and leading team members dedicated to achieving goals.
  • Knowledge / expertise in maintenance processes in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in mechanical engineering and/or design engineering in a Paper Mill ideal
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills to interpret, evaluate and analyze facts and information to support problem solving in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to overcome ambiguous and complex situations with an open mind considering creative and standard processes.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Experience and/or basic understanding of Lean Production System principles
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to work well and communicate with others.



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical and/or engineering, industrial technology, or other related degree.  A combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree. 
  • Experience in the paper industry highly desireable, specifically paper mill pulping equipment and processes.
  • 3+ years’ experience as a maintenance, reliability and or engineering technician in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.



Job Classification: Exempt.

**Salary Range: $72,000 - $108,000 - + Profit Sharing

**Salary is based on qualifications

Benefits:  Excellent benefit package to include 401(k) with 4% match & 2 year vesting schedule, Health Plans, Dental, Vision, Life, Short & Long Term Disability, Lifestyle "Flex" Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Voluntary Benefit Options, Employee Discounts, 3 weeks vacation at hire & much more.   


We look forward to meeting you! 

Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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