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Start Up Plant/General Manager

Posting Start Date: Aug 30, 2021

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

Reporting to the Vice-President – Operations:


Before Start-Up

In accordance with our internal practices and in collaboration with Senior Management, the dedicated project resources and the local team you will play a leadership role into the design and decision-making regarding operations including but not limited to the organizational structure and model, staffing, policies, practices, procedures, etc. You will also support the project team by leading the equipment commissioning activities after they deliver the installation.


After Start-Up

You will be tasked with achieving the unit’s established production objectives. You will provide operational leadership in all of your unit’s activities to engage your team members and support them in achieving objectives.

Job Responsibilities

- Ensure optimal ramp up and execution of operations by achieving targets in terms of occupational health and safety (culture and results), production capacity, equipment reliability, standardization of operating costs and product quality
- Ensure compliance with business processes
- Prepare and execute investment and asset maintenance plans, and meet return on investment targets
- Engage and develop all your employees

- Ensure the application of all of Cascades’ processes in the plant in compliance with business rules and established best practices
- Establish performance standards (availability, efficiency, OEE) in collaboration with the Vice-President – Operations
- Lead weekly meetings with your team and SUs to analyze KPIs, and discuss and launch required action plans
- Collaborate in the implementation of optimization projects specific to your unit
- Foster a culture of continuous improvement and optimize the Cascades lean production system in place

Core competencies defined for this job

Managerial courage
Team leadership


Bachelor's degree in Chemical engineering or Other relevant fields

Your Background and Your Strengths

- Extensive experience in management and in the papermaking industry-Interest into team- based approach or non-traditional models
- Leadership and a collaborative spirit that inspire and engage teams to achieve excellence
- Ability to understand customer needs, issues and interests in order to develop solutions that support their experience
- Ability to guide and coach team members with the servant leadership approach
- Sound judgment to ensure follow-up and effective implementation of solutions in accordance with company priorities and to make appropriate decisions
- Strong persuasiveness to foster maximum buy-in when necessary
- The knowledge and experience to anticipate the impact of a decision on your unit and employees
- Strong political and communication skills, tact and diplomacy
- Excellent ability to build and support a customer-focused culture based on a people-centred approach
- Excellent written and spoken English to support professional interactions
- Agility needed to work with various technological tools
- Knowledge of SAP software or other ERP (an asset)

#revealyourpotential #LifeAtCascades

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.


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.

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