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Production Manager

Posting Start Date: Jan 6, 2019

Location: Schenectady, NY, 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!

Reporting to the Plant Manager, you will have the following main functions:

  • Responsible for managing all aspects of production.
  • Meet or exceed divisional objectives and targets for safety, productivity, quality, labor, waster and 5S.
  • Be a leader with health and safety standards, practices and policies, and promoting Cascades philosophy.
  • Oversee salary production staff and approximately 87 unionized production employees.

Business Objectives Alignment

Help develop and implement an operational strategy that is aligned with his unit’s business strategy

Meet the manufacturing objectives in the unit’s business strategy

Operational Excellence

Develop an action plan to maximize standardized manufacturing efficiency in his sector and optimize resources

Develop good relationships with business partners

Develop processes and tools to support and drive continuous improvement in his sector

Devise and implement standardized manufacturing practices and procedures related to his department’s objectives

Ensure sound management of operating costs and maximize the return on assets under his responsibility

Maximize synergy and foster collaboration among Cascades’ groups, units and business units

Help meet operational efficiency goals

Human Resources

Design and implement a talent development and succession strategy for his department, in collaboration with Human Resources

Build a team of competent and dedicated people whose skills complement one another

Ensure that the work flow and job structure are tailored to his sector’s needs

Manage and engage his staff based on Cascades’ values and business strategy

Health & Safety

Accept the full responsibility that comes with his position in line with Cascades’ OSH requirements

Help set OSH priorities for his sector in line with corporate objectives and follow up on them

Insist on and create a safe and healthy work environment for all employees in his sector

Promote sound occupational health and safety management

Personally commit to and display strong leadership in health and safety

Corporate Responsibility and Governance

Make sure governance rules are followed and responsibilities are carried out

Ensure the sustainable and responsible development of the unit

Insist on ethical conduct and uphold the values underlying Cascades’ corporate culture

Client Focused and Innovation

Ensure support for business relationships and provide technical support when requested by clients

Keep abreast of manufacturing best practices and new technologies and share them within the organization

Support the sector’s innovation objectives

Core competencies defined for this job

Change management




Planning and organizing

Team leadership


Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Operations Management

Desired experience

Five years of experience in a manufacturing environment with supervisory experience.

Technical competencies

Strong computer skills in all Microsoft software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.). Knowledge of SAP is preferred.

Additional information

Experience with Lean Methodologies and knowledge and application of continuous improvement practices and tools such as Kaizens, SMEDS, and 5S.

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: Albany

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