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Title:  Mgr, Secondary Fiber and Commodity Procurement

Requisition ID:  16698-159

Atlanta, GA, US, 30328

Category:  Supply Chain, Logistics and Procurement
Travel:  No Travel Required


The Manager of Secondary Fiber and Commodity Procurement position requires the development of effective sourcing strategies for the company's commodities at the lowest total cost of ownership.  This position is responsible for creating a corporate wide planning, management, and reporting program for the commodities under management. Routinely updates and presents to supply chain leadership inflation and savings assumptions for commodity including long range planning projections.  Will lead the cross functional team including facility buyers, purchasing managers, logistics managers and Supply Chain legal resources for material contracts while ensuring availability, service and quality needs are met.  Develops, implements, and administers policies, procedures and systems by which the Company’s raw materials’ supply base is managed. Proactively evaluates, identifies and leads meaningful continuous improvement of the procurement organization’s policies, procedures and systems.  This position also works directly with the Director of Secondary Fiber Procurement to ensure planning, management and reporting of fiber procurement is consistent with company mill demands and works with converting locations to optimize secondary fiber management and revenue enhancement projects.   






Achieve year over year cost savings for raw materials while maintaining surety of supply.

Updates and presents inflation and savings assumptions for forecasting and strategic planning.

Develops and implements an optimization cost model for raw materials procurement to be used company-wide.

Establish Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for delivered cost, inventory, payment terms and cost reduction initiatives.

Evaluates and analyzes raw material procurement practices and implements Best Demonstrated Practices. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

Establish and develop the supply base to ensure availability of quality materials in a timely and cost effective manner.

Establish criteria and strategy for negotiations with suppliers.

Participate in secondary fiber revenue enhancement projects to maximize internal utilization of secondary fiber and external sales

Follow the Strategic Procurement Initiative process to drive purchased items towards common specifications and increase supplier competition.

Review commodity analyst reports for data integrity and validity of assumptions.

Lead the development and implementation of a Supplier Management Program.

Monitor supply/demand activity for key commodities.

Proficient with the use of Zycus Sourcing Systems and SAP.

Lead the development and maintenance of raw material resource plans for key commodities.

Ensure accurate and timely reporting to Supply Chain finance team regarding Strategic Procurement Initiatives (SPIs) and synergy projects, inflationary costs and budget assumptions.

Effective and frequent communication regarding project updates to Supply Chain management including routine issues affecting the organization.

Carry out all policies and achieve objectives as directed by the Director of Mill Raw Materials and Energy.


Other Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, operations, engineering, finance, accounting, economics, statistics or other related field. 

MBA preferred.

7-10 years of experience in Procurement, Operations, or Engineering & Maintenance Management

Category management experience in both paper mill raw materials and fiber procurement.  Fiber procurement includes wood, pulp, and secondary fiber and paper mill raw materials includes process/pulping chemicals such as starch, GCC, clay, caustic, latex and bleach.

Availability to travel up to 25% 

Excellent communications skills (both verbal and written).

Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management.

Must have advanced computer skills including a significant understanding of ERP (e.g., SAP, TM1, and Hyperion) systems.

Ability to work independently and to supervise the work of others.

Detail and multi-task oriented.



  • 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.



  • Action Oriented
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Managerial Courage
  • Priority Setting
  • Strategic Agility
  • Building Effective Teams

Required Experience

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 www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

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.

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