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Senior Reliability Specialist

Posting Start Date: Jan 22, 2023

Location: Ashland, VA, US

Company: Cascades

Your challenge!

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

Reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor/Maintenance Manager: 


Before the Startup: 

In partnership with the project resources and centers of expertise, the Senior Reliability Specialist will be a key contributor to the establishment and implementation of processes, practices, and tools specific to the Maintenance department.


Individual responsibilities

  • Participate in the realization of the unit's business strategy by analyzing equipment failures and proposing effective solutions to remedy them.
  • Performs root cause analyses for unplanned downtime greater than 180 minutes, or downtime for malfunctions that have happened for the third time.
    • Creates action plans for corrections.
    • Leads and trains others in different RCA practices
  • Develop training programs aimed at transferring knowledge of best practices in the field to your business partners.
  • Works with production on risk analysis from the most critical production functional locations to improve preventative maintenance.
  • Develops preventive maintenance methods and controls that preventive maintenance work orders are executed correct an in time.
  • Keep abreast of new technologies in preventive and predictive maintenance (PPM) to continually improve equipment reliability and contribute to achieving your department and other business units’ operational efficiency objectives.


Individual responsibilities

  • Transfer your knowledge to the business partners and colleagues
  • Monitor our application of methods and technologies
  • Propose solutions to improve equipment reliability
  • Train Junior Reliability Engineer/Professionals
  • Assist in the Develop of Lubrication and Vibration Analysis Strategies for use in the Plant’s Reliability Centered Maintenance Programs


Experiences and strengths

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field (experience can be substituted for education- Degree not required for experienced individuals!)
  • Desire to generously share knowledge for the benefit of partners and colleagues
  • Strong ability to positively influence partners and colleagues and guide them towards best practices
  • An in-depth understanding of Reliability Centered Maintenance concepts
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in a paper mill environment is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with SAP strongly preferred.


Core competencies defined for this job

Planning and organizing

Advisory role




Continuous improvement

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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. Cascades have been providing sustainable, innovative and value-creating solutions in packaging, hygiene and recovery.

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