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Maintenance Manager - Operations

Posting Start Date: Jan 21, 2019

Location: Scappoose, 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. 


Education and Experience

  • Degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or related field with 6-8 years of experience in a maintenance leadership role. (Or equivalent combination of education or experience).
  • 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

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 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 unit’s operational strategy

Human Resources

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

Participate in and implement the talent development and succession strategy for the people under his 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 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

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. Use of the masculine in our communications refers equally to both men and women.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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