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Assistant Controller

Posting Start Date: Dec 7, 2018

Location: Eau Claire, WI, US

Company: 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.


The Tissue Group, a division of Cascades, is the second-largest tissue producer in Canada and the fifth-largest in North America. The Division manufactures, converts and markets a huge selection of paper products, such as hand towels, bathroom tissue, facial tissue, napkins, paper towels, wipers and dispensers for the North American away-from-home and consumer products markets. The Group has more than 2,200 employees and operates seven manufacturing plants, nine conversion plants and four plants with both manufacturing and conversion facilities.

Your challenge!

Reporting to the Controller, this position will be responsible for preparing and interpreting financial statements and presenting this data to management for decision-making purposes. The individual will also be responsible for operations related reporting and cost accounting.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with all accounting activities associated with the accurate recording and reporting of costs of manufacturing for individual products and performance (cost and profitability) on a product line basis.
  • Develop and prepare reports which compare actual results to plan and provide accurate information to operating departments and management to provide a sound quantitative basis for management decisions.
  • Participate in identification of operating performance issues and take an active role in developing solutions to improve performance levels.
  • Participate in the budgeting process including working with manufacturing to ensure accurate cost data
  • Provide support to new product development programs by preparing cost analysis during the development process.
  • Participate in the development of cost accounting systems to recommend improvements to ensure more timely and accurate cost data.
  • Assist in developing cost data for the justification of capital asset purchases as they relate to operation’s cost savings. Assist in the audit process of capital purchases and prepare reports regarding the results of capital projects.
  • Play an active role in closing books at month-end by preparing account analysis.
  • Responsible for the integration of operations finance related accounting processes, policies and procedures. Constructively challenge current processes to continually improve.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field is required, along with a minimum of three (3) years in operations cost accounting experience.
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing setting is strongly preferred.


  • Must possess a high degree of integrity and accountability.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and organizational skills in order to effectively interact with all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and deductive reasoning skills.
  • Must be an expert in Excel and other Office products (Word, Power Point, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply business management principles including strategic planning, personnel management and development and departmental budgeting.
  • Time management skills including ability to prioritize and organize work to maximize efficiency.

Core competencies defined for this job


Action-based focus





Business Objectives Alignment

Serve as a financial specialist and help develop the unit’s business plan

Operational Excellence

Help the unit controller implement and monitor business processes (including the budget process, analyses, and communication of internal and external financial information)

Implement financial, sales, administrative and accounting management best practices that apply to the unit

Participate in the analysis of financial and operational performance indicators used in decision making

Human Resources

Assist the controller in developing the team

Take the initiative to develop his or her skills

Health & Safety

Help create and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for all of his/hers units’ employees

Promote sound occupational health and safety management

Corporate Responsibility and Governance

Help maintain an effective control structure to minimize business risks related to operations and/or fraud

Help the controller guarantee the reliability and completeness of the financial

Foster and promote Cascades’ ethical behaviors, culture and values

Client Focused and Innovation

Identify opportunities to reduce unit costs


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 men and women.

Nearest Major Market: Eau Claire

Job Segment: Accounting, Business Manager, Financial Sales, Strategic Planning, CSR, Finance, Management, Sales, Strategy

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