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Title:  Capacity Planning & Analysis Manager

Requisition ID:  17742 - 159

Chicago, IL, US, 60624

Category:  Production Control and Planning
Travel:  Up to 25%

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.



This individual will be an integral team member in the management of the sales & operations planning (S&OP) process that satisfies customer demand while delivering high service levels in the most profitable way. They will manage supply planning for up to $1B of volume and instrumental in revenue growth, working capital management and overall profitability.


Specific Outcomes

As a team, the Capacity Planning organization is responsible for balancing supply and demand within the Americas Division driving customer OTIF to targeted levels of 98% for each facility.  This individual will be responsible for developing contingency plans for their region on critical items to ensure a reliable supply of product to key customers.  Initiates and recommends plant loading strategies, department crewing schedules and business transfers, while minimizing associated costs, including freight and suboptimal production.

Manage the monthly supply plan models for each converting facility that identifies and allocates plant resources of people and equipment. Ensures the model is tied to the forecasted demand plan, and is updated to reflect inventory builds, business transfers and overtime requirements.  Reviews supply plans on a semi-monthly basis with the plant operations team to drive alignment and participate in supply plan reviews with Directors of Operations and Finance to develop and align on long term/strategic plans.

Supports the development of the monthly Supply Review and Executive Sales & Operations Planning Review.  Responsible for summarizing current and future state capacity vs. demand, outlining critical roadblocks for success, escalating potential service or critical issues impacting performance, profitability and long-term growth strategies.  Articulates supply/demand tradeoffs to senior leadership.

Partner with plant schedulers to develop weekly dashboard updates for each facility outlining current backlogs, OTIF performance, inventory levels and develop action plans where necessary including running overtime, taking downtime, developing run efficiencies, business transfers and inventory strategies.

Responsible for developing inventory strategies that support both service levels and overall company-wide working capital strategies.  Creates inventory builds for each plant based on monthly supply and demand forecasts, creates inventory targets for critical items, supports the reduction of aged material and reviews targets on a quarterly basis.

Identify and help implement optimization opportunities aimed at reducing converting costs (including overtime), (GPI) mill freight, and customer freight, and improving (GPI) mill trim while considering capacity issues. Identify enablers and roadblocks, and work with Sales and plant management to implement business transfers or new business.  Maintain a list of optimization candidates, and quantify the financial impact of actions implemented.

Review new business opportunities and collaborate with other Capacity Planning personnel, Sales, and Operations to determine plant placement for items by quantifying customer requirements, costs, plant capability, and capacity. Rebalance capacity as necessary and identify headcount implications.

Work on special projects as directed.  Partner with Sales & Operation Leaders on projects including strike contingency plans, new equipment, equipment modifications, plant rationalizations, mergers, acquisitions, etc. 




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job.  


Graphic Packaging 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, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.

Required Skills

Advanced computer skills in Excel and PowerPoint a must; knowledge of SAP preferred

Prior experience with rough cut capacity management

Change management

APICS CPIM certification desired

Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously across multiple departments and facilities

Excellent Verbal and Written communication skills

Understanding of capacity plans, manufacturing schedules, and lean manufacturing processes.

Track record of inventory control and cost reduction due to increases in manufacturing efficiencies

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree in business, operational management or engineering; advanced degree preferred

5-7 years of experience in manufacturing required

1-3 years of experience with Integrated Business Planning required



Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Facilities, Supply Chain, Supply Planner, Supply, Plant Manager, Operations, Manufacturing