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Production Supervisor (Entry Level/Training Role)

Posting Start Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: Tacoma, WA, 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 Specialty Products Group, a division of Cascades, is a leader in the industrial packaging, food packaging and recovery sectors. The Group has 38 business units across North America and Europe and employs more than 2,200 employees.

Your challenge!

The Production Supervisor will have a diverse work load in support of the manufacturing needs of the plant. The successful candidate will collaborate with other departments to assess the plants processes and use their critical thinking skills to trouble-shoot any issues that arise. You will have an opportunity to expand your knowledge as each day varies and be able to contribute to the plants growth and success.


While in this development role, you will learn the manufacturing processes and production equipment. You will also be responsible for learning and assisting with health and safety, quality control, lean management & continuous improvement, and various project management objectives. The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to train on workforce management techniques that are based on Cascades’ culture and values.


Job Responsibilities

This role reports to the Plant Manager.

  • Assess and evaluate the current production processes and recommend any changes as necessary
  • Drive change initiative and implement process improvements as part of a multi-functional team
  • Lead safety efforts for employees by identifying high-risk situations, conducting safety meetings and coordinating worker safety activities
  • Optimize efficiencies and drive efforts to reduce waste and downtime and increase production availability
  • Effectively manage human and material resources to ensure sound financial performance and achievement of manufacturing efficiency targets
  • Coordinate training efforts for a diverse workforce and have a working knowledge of best practices for training and development

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Operations Management, Process Engineering, Business, or any other relevant field (preferably in pulp/paper)
  • 1-2 years of experience in a manufacturing facility


  • Strong communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and SAP
  • Results-oriented and the ability to motivate a team to perform at high levels
  • Experience in troubleshooting and process improvement
  • Ability to make good decisions with an innovative approach

Business Objectives Alignment

Help develop and roll out an operational strategy in line with his sector’s business strategy

Operational Excellence

Effectively manage human and material resources to ensure sound financial performance and the achievement of manufacturing efficiency targets

Maximize production efficiency and optimize the resources under his responsibility

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

Maximize the return on assets under his responsibility

Make sure operational efficiency targets are met

Ensure compliance with standardized manufacturing practices and procedures to deliver on the sector’s objectives

Support the sector’s continuous improvement initiatives

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

Implement the talent development and succession strategy in his sector in collaboration with Human Resources

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 his sector

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

Client Focused and Innovation

Help his unit achieve its innovation objectives

Participate in technical support for clients


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: Tacoma

Job Segment: Training, Manager, Industrial, Engineer, Operations, Management, Manufacturing, Entry Level, Engineering

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