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Recruiting for 7 human resources professionals, on 18-month contracts

Dany Gagnon
March 13, 2017

We need to hire a contract HR operations team, for a combination of practical and strategic reasons.

On the practical side, we have been short-staffed in our HR department recently, so we need these contractors to take care of daily HR operations and administration in an efficient and effective matter. This includes staffing, labor relations, compensation and benefits, training, performance management, absences, and services to employees. This is an immediate need.

Recruiting for all seven positions at once gives us a chance to find highly-qualified people whose skills and personalities are complementary. We insist on at least 15 years of pertinent experience, and have a preference for accomplished people who may be over-qualified for a given job.

They will work with our existing three HR staffers, so we expect these contractors to be inclusive and responsive while focusing on results.

This contract HR operations team is the first step in a broader strategy to rebuild the site’s HR function. 

The second step will start in mid-2017, when we bring in specialized HR consultants to analyze and implement the new processes, tools and systems we need for a highly-efficient HR infrastructure.

These consultants will have specific short-term mandates. And they will benefit from the input of members of the contract HR operations team who will have gained valuable insights into our specific needs here at Temiscaming.

Once new systems and tools are in place, and any backlog of HR tasks has been cleared, we will take the third step: Recruiting for permanent HR team members in January 2018.

My mandate is to transform the Temiscaming site, and I believe a strong Human Resources Department is essential, because transformational change is all about people. 

Openings, for our contract HR operations team

About Dany Gagnon

Dany GagnonDany, who joined Tembec in September 2015 with a mandate to lead the transformation, is building on his success leading change management programs in the automotive, brewing and agri-food industries. He is a mechanical engineer with a specialization in aeronautics and has a certification in process management. His global perspective reflects his experience working in the US, Asia and Europe, as well as Canada.

Temiscaming site, in brief

  • One of the largest forest products manufacturing sites in North America.
  • 800 site employees – 80% unionized under one collective agreement / 20% staff.
  • Three main mills that manufacture different forest products: specialty cellulose, high-yield pulp and coated bleached board (containerboard); and a chemical products facility.

Temiscaming transformation

The objective is to make Temiscaming a highly-competitive world-class operation for the long term. This will enable us to meet customer expectations for quality and reliability, as well as community expectations for sustainability, while ensuring profitability for Tembec.