Assistant Plant Manager


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!

Reporting to the General Manager and Plant Manager, the candidate will be responsible for the administration and operations of the plant. This Role is a transition role to take over for the interim Plant manager. Main responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the production activities of the plant with the cooperation of the management team, responsible for maintenance, quality management, continuous improvement, purchase, involved in sales and customer relationships management as well as new product development.
  • Implement management systems to optimize activities and achieve corporate and plant objectives in terms of quality, profitability, efficiency and health & safety.
  • Develop and maintain an efficient and motivated team.
  • Lead the management team in the growth and development of the facility.

Desired education and experience

  • To possess an University degree and 10+ years of experience, or any other pertinent experience. Engineering degree preferred( Masters desired).
  • Tissue experience highly desired
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement experience, including org. change/change mgt.
  • To possess good management and supervision skills.
  • Progressive management and supervisory roles in a manufacturing environment
  • To show leadership and dynamism and to possess good communication skills.
  • To be flexible and motivated to take up challenges, showing strong initiative.
  • Past experience demonstrating results in strong safety culture.

Business Objectives Alignment

Achieve the objectives in his unit s business strategy

Develop and implement a business strategy for his unit in line with his business unit s vision

Help implement a strategic plan for his market sector/region

Operational Excellence

Develop good relationships with business partners

Ensure that standardized best practices are implemented in all areas of activity

Maximize his unit s operational efficiency (and sales, if applicable) and optimize resources

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

Establish a continuous improvement structure in his unit

Establish operational efficiency objectives and achieve them via a performance review

Provide sound financial management and maximize the return on assets under his responsibility

Human Resources

Design and implement a talent development and succession strategy for his unit, in cooperation 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 unit 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

Identify the unit s OSH priorities in line with corporate objectives and follow up on them

Insist on and create a safe and healthy work environment for all his unit staff

Promote sound occupational health and safety management

Personally commit to and display strong leadership in health and safety

Corporate Responsibility and Governance

Ensure the sustainable and responsible development of the unit

Establish a structure complying with corporate governance rules and responsibilities

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

Client Focused and Innovation

Ensure client satisfaction by tracking client offer performance indicators (products and services)

Develop his business network

Help build and maintain business relationships with his unit s clients

Keep abreast of products and services offered by the competition, anticipate customers needs and stay up-to-date on manufacturing best practices and new technologies and share them within the organization

Participate in choosing his unit s markets

Support his unit s innovation objectives

Core competencies defined for this job




Managerial courage


Team leadership

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.

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