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Controller - Containerboard Packaging (Manufacturing Controller)

Posting Start Date: May 10, 2019

Location: Piscataway, NJ, 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 Containerboard Packaging Group, a division of Cascades, is the largest containerboard producer in Canada, and is also a top converter of corrugated products in the country. The Group manufactures a wide range of products made from recycled fibres for its North American customers in the food, beverage and consumer products sectors, among many others. The Division, which employs close to 3,400 people, owns six containerboard mills and nineteen corrugated products plants in Canada and the United States.

Your challenge!

As a Business Unit Controller you will be responsible for hands-on operations of the company’s financial team, directing Cascades overall financial policies and driving profitable growth. The successful candidate  should be a highly motivated professional with a sense of urgency, a proven track record and strong strategic and communication skills. We will rely on your widespread experiences and passion for providing financial leadership to develop and continue to grow the company’s profitable business and ensure the financial well-being of the company in all areas of its operations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Streamline reporting, forecasting and analysis to drive superior decision-making; identify areas that provide low value and work to reallocate resources to provide more meaningful information for decision support.
  • Collaborate and partner with the Plant Manager and various leaders to support the daily operations of the plant and guide production and inventory management, costs and variances, and cost analysis of new products.
  • Prepare annual budget for the plant.
  • Balance Sheet reconciliation.
  • Ensure accuracy of internal and external financial reporting; ensure that effective internal controls are in place and compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting.
  • Conduct detailed analytical reviews of sales, gross margins, operating cost and profit margins by served industries, customer, and value propositions.
  • Provide and present management with applicable financial reports and analysis monthly.
  • Take ownership of the accounting and finance functions.

Desired experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in accounting in a manufacturing environment with 5+ years of managerial experience required.
  • SAP experience is highly preferred; Cost Accounting experience is preferred.

Additional information

Travel between our Schenectady, NY plant  and the Piscataway, NJ will be frequent.  At present, the role  can be located at either location.

Business Objectives Alignment

Serve as a financial specialist and contribute to the unit’s business development, while ensuring coordination in keeping with the Group’s strategic plan

Operational Excellence

Determine and interpret the relationship between financial results and operational performance to identify improvement opportunities

Analyze operational and financial performance indicators to contribute to the unit’s decisions

Maximize use of the unit’s working capital

Help the unit’s management team 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

Plan and lead the reengineering of the Group’s business processes in the unit

Human Resources

Help develop the skills of the employees and succession teams reporting to him/her

Manage and engage employees based on Cascades’ values and business strategy

Health & Safety

Develop and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for all of his/hers unit’s employees

Promote sound occupational health and safety management

Corporate Responsibility and Governance

Maintain an effective control structure to minimize business risks related to operations and fraud

Foster and promote Cascades’ ethical behaviors, culture and values

Guarantee the financial information produced is reliable and complete

Client Focused and Innovation

Participate in developing financial systems

Identify opportunities to reduce unit costs

Core competencies defined for this job


Continuous improvement

Impact and influence

Planning and organizing


Values and ethics

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.


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