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Senior Project Leader - Mechanical Operations

Posting Start Date: Nov 26, 2021

Location: Ashland, VA, US

Company: Cascades

Your challenge!

Reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor, the Senior Project Leader – Mechanical Operations’ mission is to contribute to the development and implementation of his or her unit's business strategy by developing project plans aimed at maximizing operational excellence. You act as a technical expert and support problem solving by collaborating with various stakeholders. You also build a competent and mobilized team and support continuous improvement efforts to ensure the implementation of standardized, safe and highly valued processes, practices and tools within your unit. As a result, you actively participate in projects’ realization that ensure the achievement of operational efficiency and occupational health and safety objectives and have a direct influence on processes and products’ quality and your department’s profitability.



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 actually under construction and start-up is scheduled in December 2022.

Job responsibilities

  • Contribute to the optimal execution of operations by achieving targets in occupational health and safety, talent engagement and management, and production plan execution 
  • Establish and apply standardized production practices and procedures to achieve your unit’s objectives
  • Contribute to resolving mechanical problems within the unit by coordinating and facilitating meetings in collaboration with the various stakeholders 
  • Implement processes and tools to foster a culture of continuous improvement 
  • Contribute to the improvement of process and product quality
  • Develop performance indicators and ensure their implementation and follow-up
  • Participate in plant operations to implement all operational excellence program procedures related to quality assurance
  • Monitor corrective and preventive actions (internal and external) with managers and offer them the necessary support to ensure their effectiveness

Experience and education

  • Rigour and agility to handle projects based on their scope, budget and timelines
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to set priorities
  • Keen sense of collaboration to communicate effectively with stakeholders from various levels of the organization
  • Leadership and expertise in promoting buy-in to proposed solutions
  • Ability to translate challenges into concrete solutions
  • Ability to support and advise business partners in analyzing their needs and finding solutions
  • Strong sense of responsibility
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement concepts and the ability to integrate them into your management
  • Agility needed to work with various technological / mechanical tools
  • Knowledge of SAP software or other ERP (an asset)
  • Mechanical Engineering Degree Required

Core competencies defined for this job

Planning and organizing
Advisory role
Continuous improvement

Additional Information

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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.

About Cascades
To be part of Cascades is to reveal the full potential of materials, people and ideas. We are source of possibilities.
Since 1964, we have been providing sustainable, innovative and value-creating solutions in packaging, hygiene and recovery.

Join 12,000 women and men working in a network of more than 90 operating units located in North America and Europe. 

Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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