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Maintenance Manager - Manufacturing Operations (Paper Mill)

Posting Start Date: Aug 16, 2019

Location: St. Helens, OR, 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!


We are currently seeking a Maintenance Manager for our Mill in St. Helens. This individual will maintain equipment to increase efficiency, collaborate with other team members to optimize maintenance work flow, be able to respond quickly to production issues, plan and manage ongoing projects, coach and develop the maintenance team, and become a leader and contributor to the safety and success of our plant.


The ideal candidate will offer a strong leadership approach, the ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment, provide innovative methods when overcoming challenges, and have solid decision-making skills.


Job Responsibilities


Reporting to the Mill Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for safe execution of the following functions:


  • Maintaining electrical and mechanical equipment to maximize reliability, availability, and continued operation.
  • Plan and coordinate with maintenance and production supervisors on working plans including shut downs, daily work, preventive and predictive maintenance, within budget.
  • Coordinate sub-contracting within the plant and follow up on work performed to ensure safety, equipment availability and efficiency.
  • Communicate and work with purchasing to identify short term and long term needs related to spare parts.
  • Direct involvement in creating/executing capital expenditures related to departmental budget and mill goals.
  • Establish and maintain a healthy working relationship and strong safety culture with department employees. 



Desired Education and Experience


  • Degree in mechanical or electrical engineering  with 6-8 years of experience in a maintenance leadership role is desired 
  • Expierence With Tissue Machines preferred.
  • Knowledge of safe working practices (lockout, PPE, confined space, etc.)
  • Knowledge of maintenance planning and preventive maintenance
  • Knowledge of equipment, product and new technologies.
  • Strong Leadership and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient Office software and systems desired (i.e. MS Office, SAP, etc.)


Business Objectives Alignment
Help develop and implement the unit’s strategic plan
Support the unit’s business strategy as a maintenance/reliability specialist
Operational Excellence
Make sure that best practices, efficiency and quality are applied to maintenance/reliability activities in his/her unit
Establish priorities and measures to take based on operational and budget performance indicators
Manage and control maintenance costs
Work with Production to coordinate and prioritize maintenance activities
Support his/her unit’s operational strategy
Human Resources
Manage and engage his/her staff based on Cascades’ values and business strategy
Participate in and implement the talent development and succession strategy for the people under his/her responsibility, in collaboration with Human Resources
Health & Safety
Develop and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for all Cascades employees
Help set OSH priorities for the unit in line with corporate objectives and help implement the unit’s action plan
Promote sound occupational health and safety management
Personally commit to and display strong leadership in health and safety
Corporate Responsibility and Governance
Ensure compliance with laws, standards and regulations in effect for buildings and equipment
Encourage and promote ethical conduct and uphold Cascades’ culture and values
Client Focused and Innovation
Encourage staff to suggest ideas for improvement
Develop his/her network of experts
Apply the principles of excellence in line with our client-centric business vision
Keep a watch on technical and technological best practices and share them within the organization
Additional responsibilities
Core competencies defined for this job
Continuous improvement
Planning and organizing
Team leadership
*Health and safety



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.



Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

Job Segment: Operations Manager, Industrial, Maintenance, Operations, Manufacturing

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