Production Manager

Cascades Boxboard   •  

Tacoma, WA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


Less than 5 years

Posted 104 days ago

This job is no longer available.


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!

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Production Manager will be responsible for the administration and operations of the plant. The Plant Manager will have a diverse work load supporting and assisting with health and safety, quality control, lean management & continuous improvement, and various Cascades management objectives.


The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Identify gaps prohibiting the Production team from reaching Cascades objectives and continue to advance, despite challenges and obstacles, support the growth of Cascades and the Production department, motivate and develop the employees
  • Manage and facilitate the process of change, while helping others to adapt to its effects.
  • Assess the scope, urgency, and level of riskassociated with a situation. This includes the ability to take measures, in a timely manner, and to solve problems involving various levels of complexity and ambiguity.
  • Engage, empower, and support the production team in order to achieve business objectives.
  • Face adversity, take risks, step of their comfort zone while making decisions that may be unpopular but essential to the sound operation of the organization.

Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee productions teams and lead daily production meetings.
  • Communicate customer and production requirements to Team Leaders and production crew.
  • Review production schedules to identify any concerns that need to be addressed and allocate the proper resources to achieve goals.
  • Collaborate with various departments to ensure production levels are in line to meet Plant targets and customer needs are fulfilled.
  • Ensure quality objectives are being met and production teams are following the ISO program.
  • Assist with quality complaint investigations (including internal and external), communicate quality issues to upper management, and help with corrective actions.
  • Ensure all SAP and MES reporting is accurate and up to date. 
  • Monitor and address any issues with SAP and MES during the development of new programs and ensure data in MES is accurate.
  • Communicate OEE results and monthly KPI’s to the management team.
  • Conduct daily floor rounds and maintain a safe work environment.
  • Perform safety audits monthly and help lead monthly Safety Committee meetings as part of management commitment.
  • Reinforce lean manufacturing principles (6S) and continuous improvements.
  • Work with Maintenance and planning to schedule machine repairs and down times.
  • Oversee the training, coaching and development of new production employees.
  • Conduct 30/60/90-day introductory and yearly evaluations. 
  • Ensure a cross training and development plan is in place to ensure future growth.
  • Mentor the Production Supervisor in Training.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field (Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing, etc.) with 3-5years of supervisoryexperiencein a manufacturing environment.


  • 10+ years of prior supervisory experience in a manufacturing facility.
  • Previous experience in Pulp & Paper industry is strongly desired but not required.


  • 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 with troubleshooting and process improvement
  • Ability to make good decisions with an innovative approach
  • Exceptional leadership, planning and organization skills
  • Strong commitment to supporting a safety conscious work environment

Business Objectives Alignment

Help develop and implement an operational strategy that is aligned with his unit’s business strategy

Meet the manufacturing objectives in the unit’s business strategy

Operational Excellence

Develop an action plan to maximize standardized manufacturing efficiency in his sector and optimize resources

Develop good relationships with business partners

Develop processes and tools to support and drive continuous improvement in his sector

Devise and implement standardized manufacturing practices and procedures related to his department’s objectives

Ensure sound management of operating costs and maximize the return on assets under his responsibility

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

Help meet operational efficiency goals

Human Resources

Design and implement a talent development and succession strategy for his department, in collaboration 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 sector’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

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 the unit

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

Client Focused and Innovation

Ensure support for business relationships and provide technical support when requested by clients

Keep abreast of manufacturing best practices and new technologies and share them within the organization

Support the sector’s innovation objectives


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.