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Maintenance Supervisor - Electrical and Instrumentation

Posting Start Date: Feb 3, 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!

The Maintenance Supervisor will collaborate with other team members to optimize maintenance work flow and be able to respond quickly to production issues. The ideal candidate must have the ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment which would require someone to be innovative and resourceful when overcoming challenges. They will also have solid decision-making skills and a strong sense of initiative and decisiveness.

Job Description and Responsibilities

Your role will encourage, develop, supervise, and motivate a department of mechanics while maintaining equipment, increasing efficiency, and contributing to the safety and success of our mill.


  • Provide leadership in implementing and maintaining preventive and predictive maintenance programs
  • Effectively communicate results and action plans to appropriate employees and managers
  • Direct maintenance staff in their roles and responsibilities to meet plant objectives in safety, quality, cost and customer service; to include review of work schedule, equipment and supplies required to perform the maintenance schedule and prepare for operations including: safety checks, repairs, maintenance and preventative maintenance assignments
  • Drive employee engagement, training and development to maximize safety, manufacturing, quality and productivity goal attainment
  • Provide technical support for efficient troubleshooting, problem solving activities and maintenance repair to maximize efficiencies and to limit downtime
  • Coordinate, plan and supervise the installation of equipment, procurement of utilities, movement and relocation of equipment
  • Help manage maintenance department costs within budgetary guidelines
  • Perform follow-up analysis to identify and resolve recurring downtime and inefficient operational issues
  • Ensure all plant maintenance operations are conducted in a safe and controlled environment
  • Special projects and assignments as needed for business

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Licensed Journeyman Electrician (preferably from Oregon)

    OR Bachelor’s degree in an Electrical Engineering

    OR 5-10 years of significant electrical and maintenance experience

  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience
  • Must have experience working in a manufacturing environment (preferably in the tissue and paper industry)


  • Strong and proven electrical troubleshooting
  • Strong PLC background
  • Good understanding and utilization of preventative and predictive maintenance tools
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving ability
  • Able to prioritize demands to maximize customer satisfaction
  • Able to adapt and multi-task in an environment with continually changing priorities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and using a computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

Core Competencies

*Health and safety



Flexibility and ability to adapt


Team leadership

Business Objectives Alignment

Help draw up the maintenance budget to meet the unit’s business objectives

Support his sector’s objectives as a maintenance/reliability manager

Operational Excellence

Ensure and/or facilitate the sector’s adherence to its annual maintenance budget

Follow best practices and ensure the efficiency and quality of the unit’s maintenance/reliability operations

Ensure operational excellence and eliminate issues by making recommendations to his manager

Work with Production to coordinate and prioritize maintenance activities

Support his unit’s operational strategy

Human Resources

Help employees reporting to him to develop their skills and make sure they receive the necessary training to carry out their responsibilities

Help maintain a positive work environment by walking the floor and fostering two-way communication

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

Health & Safety

Develop and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for all Cascades employees

Help implement the OSH 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

Apply the principles of excellence in line with our client-centric business vision


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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