Plant Manager (5691-159)

Graphic Packaging Kalamazoo , MI 49001

Posted 1 week ago

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

The Plant Manager is responsible for leading and managing a manufacturing facility of typically 290 employees to achieve safety, quality, service and productivity targets and expectations. The plant services GPI's customers by producing a variety of products such as cereal, tissue and window packaging. Through effective working partnerships with sales, sales & operations support, the incumbent balances customer needs with optimizing operational effectiveness. The Plant Manager is responsible for implementing manufacturing policies and programs that maintain and improve the company's competitive position and profitability of the operation.

JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

Strategic Initiatives EBITDA and Cash Targets

  • Improve productivity and decrease waste through the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and projects.

  • Increase labor efficiency and utilization, including staffing and overtime.

  • Optimize inventory turns and reduce aged board inventory to meet cash targets.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Growth Initiatives Annual Revenue

  • Execute Voice of Customer initiatives at the facility level.

  • Achieve on-time delivery targets.

  • Drive successful onboarding of new and transfer business.

  • Ensure that customer specifications are consistently met or exceeded.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Operational Effectiveness

  • Meet or exceed standards for environmental, safety, working conditions and cleanliness through daily oversight and direction of management team.

  • Develop and implement processes and procedures to continually improve quality and reduce customer complaints.

  • Direct management team to ensure productivity targets are monitored and achieved across all facility assets.

  • Ensure facility assets are appropriately maintained through planning and implementation of maintenance programs and procedures, including preventative maintenance and reliability programs.

  • Manage overall spending against budget and in relation to changes in production volume.

  • Manage facility maintenance budget within parameters.

  • Provide local support and coordination on facility capital projects.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Drive and implement high performance management practices, including Lean Sigma, daily management processes and other related programs.

  • Partner with HR function to hire, train and evaluate team members. Assess performance and take corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with company policy. Ensure compliance with current federal, state and local employment regulations.

  • Establish group and individual accountabilities through annual goal planning and performance reviews.

  • Develop talent through assignments, job rotations, promotions to build bench strength and succession planning.

  • Drive a change in culture to improve employee involvement initiatives and practices. Build, improve and maintain a productive and engaged relationship with hourly associates.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills


  • 710 years of operational management experience in the packaging industry.

  • Technical and problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate process improvement teams.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate vision/mission.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate people.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Internet skills.

  • Lean Manufacturing experience a plus.

Required Experience


  • Four year degree preferred or;

  • Compensatory closely related work experience required in lieu of degree.

  • Master's Degree a plus


  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.

  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.


  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.

  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.

  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.

  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.


  • Integrity & Trust

  • Action Oriented

  • Building Effective Teams

  • Business Acumen

  • Customer Focus

  • Decision Quality

  • Developing Direct Reports & Others

  • Drive for Results

  • Ethics and Values

  • Functional/Technical Skills

  • Intellectual Horsepower

  • Learning on the Fly

  • Listening

  • Managerial Courage

  • Motivating Others

GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

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