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Title:  Strategic Sourcing Manager

Requisition ID:  18280-159

Atlanta, GA, US, 30328

Category:  Supply Chain, Logistics and Procurement
Travel:  Up to 25%

Graphic Packaging International, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), is committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a leading global provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products for food, beverage, foodservice and other consumer products companies. We are one of the largest producers of folding cartons and hold a leading market position in solid bleached sulfate, coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled paperboard. Graphic Packaging’s customers include some of the most widely- recognized companies in the world.

We achieve our vision by delivering value to our customers, building a high-performance culture for our employees, and creating superior returns for our shareholders. We strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate.  Graphic Packaging has approximately 17,000 employees working in more than 60 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefit programs that are among the best in the industry to reward the talented people who make our company successful. We invite you to review the following employment opportunity and to learn more about us at

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.


Graphic Packaging is looking for a Strategic Sourcing Manager, International Freight to support ongoing growth in export and import logistics department. This candidate is responsible for collaborating with GPI’s internal and external global customers, freight forwarders, warehouse providers, intermodal providers and ocean freight liners to understand demand and source capacity to support operational growth.  Key responsibilities include procurement of International Freight and global network optimization  along with implementing strategic initiatives to ensure supply continuity.

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

  • Accountable for sourcing and procurement of $50 Million International Logistics portfolio consisting of Dray and Ocean Freight providers, shipping approximately 480,000 tons of paperboard distribution globally to Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America Markets.
  • Collaborates with multiple stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure sourcing results aligns with Supply Chain’s strategy, delivering freight at optimal lead times and fair market costs
  • Manages and conducts procurement lifecycle from data gathering, analysis, awards, contract negotiations, operational implementation, route guide compliance to vendor payment.
  • Source, procure, negotiate, and onboard appropriate logistics service providers to support business unit and plant operations by region/country taking into consideration new distribution channels and end to end cost. Provides business units and finance with updates on procurement changes, financial impact, lead time impact, capacity availability, etc.
  • Manages the export rates and freight payment vendor ensuring invoices are audited and processed on time, in full. Collaborates with vendors on disputes and strives for timely and appropriate reconciliation of account statements.
  • Manages and enforces route guide compliance. Works with operations team to understand operational issues and limitations to utilizing carrier awards. Strives to find solution that makes operational and financial sense for teams.
  • Develops relationships with internal customers especially regional logistics procurement managers to optimally tap into expertise across the organization
  • Develop standard KPIs and SLAs along with a business review format and common scorecard to evaluate suppliers ongoing performance
  • Understand market trends and regulation changes that may affect our business operations and communicate impacts proactively; Maintains regular communication with the Business Leaders and regions to understand business conditions and market trends to ensure supply meets operation’s demand accordingly.
  • Stays informed of any changes or updates in laws and regulations at the International, National, State and Local levels to provide and support with vital information for the team. So they can maintain and understand legal concepts that govern their activities as agents of their employers and of the various laws that govern the purchase and sale of goods and services. (eg. Benefits)
  • Provides support in capability development Process improvements, Systems & tools for better future
  • Assists in building Analysis, Dashboards, Control towers for International shipments
  • Manages the stakeholder communication and alignment to eliminate noise in the system
  • Encourages actions and behaviors that are innovative, futuristic and proactive


Skillsets Most Successful In This Position

  • Relationship Management - ability to build trust with external/external stakeholders
  • Analytical Mindset - capable of making wide reaching and impactful financial and operational decisions supported by a technical aptitude to analyze, communicate, and quantify those decisions
  • Initiative - works without direction, setting strategies and goals in alignment with internal customers with independence
  • Transportation and Supply Chain expertise - serves as internal consultant within supply chain
  • Acts as an altruistic servant leader and is consistently humble, self-aware, honest, and transparent.
  • Demonstrates curiosity and a growth mindset; fosters an environment that supports learning, innovation, and intelligent risk-taking; and exhibits resilience in the face of setbacks.
  • Seeks and implements continuous improvements and encourages the team to leverage new digital tools and ways of working.
  • Delivers expected business results while putting the customer first
  • Adopts a holistic perspective that considers data, analytics, customer insights, and different parts of the business when making plans and shaping the team's strategy.
  • Identifies, attracts, and retains diverse and inclusive team members; builds a high-performing team; embraces diversity in all its forms; and actively supports diversity goal programs
  • Builds strong and trusting relationships with team members and business partners; works collaboratively and cross-functionally to achieve objectives; and communicates with energy and positivity to motivate, influence, and inspire commitment and action.
  • Creates a discipline and focus around developing talent, promotes an environment allowing everyone to bring their best selves to work, empowers associates and partners to act in the best interest of the customer and company, and regularly recognizes others' contributions and accomplishments


  • 5-7 years of international logistics experience.
  • Transportation Operations and Supply Chain Management experience
  • International Logistics experience
  • Logistics Management System background with specific focus on warehousing and ocean freight.



  • Bachelor's Degree required, preferred Supply Chain/Business; Masters preferred
  • Negotiating skills; intermediate or advanced Analytical ability (vlook ups, pivot tables, tableau)
  • Networking and Relationships Management – Build internal and External Relationships
  • Organizational agility: know how to get things done in a large company.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong systems aptitude and proficient in Microsoft Office applications, with emphasis on Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Advanced computer skills including ERP and TMS applications (e.g., SAP, JDE, etc.) Is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement creative solutions while working under deadlines

Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. 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 products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible 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.

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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

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