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Title:  Plant Manager

Requisition ID:  18525-159

Auburn, IN, US, 46706

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

Responsible for direction and control of ongoing operations of all departments.  Directs the operations to meet the total business plan from procurement of raw materials to customers and scheduling through manufacturing to final shipment.  Responsibilities also include EPA and safety, managing all technical issues including capital and expense projects, preventative maintenance, building maintenance, and quality of manufactured product.  Initiate and support all processes while ensuring compliance with Six Sigma/LEAN efforts.

Required Skills

  • Manages and directs the activities of department managers, plant engineering, and HR staff by developing and reviewing operating plans, establishing objectives to ensure productivity, quality, safety, cost control, and scheduling goals.
  • Coordinates plant and division/corporate resources to resolve material, process, and production problems in the plant.
  • Partners with the Health, Safety & Environmental Manager to ensure a safe environment for all employees and visitors by developing and implementing a comprehensive safety and emergency response program, effective training of all employees and complies with all federal, state and local laws.
  • Ensures developing and implementing annual operating plans and timely resolution of deviation from budget to meet financial objectives of the plant.
  • Directs and organizes all plant departments to ensure adequate supply of high quality products, implements quality manufacturing processes and control programs to meet or exceed customer specifications.
  • Responsible for developing effective plant operations, optimizes production schedules, continually improves production efficiencies, scrap rates, and product quality throughout the operation and supports the six sigma/LEAN process.
  • Provides leadership and direction to all plant personnel.
  • Contributes to the overall growth and development of the company through effective communications with sales and technical groups and provides manufacturing expertise to the successful development of new products and processes.
  • Promotes positive labor relations inside and outside the plant by ensuring consistent application of company policies, provides leadership to managers and supervisors.
    • Must be supportive of GPI’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values (Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork).
    • Must be supportive and involved in GPI efforts for Continuous Improvement programs and processes.
    • Provides all employees the ability and responsibility to stop any process that is not meeting customer quality requirements.
    Actively engages employees in understanding and aligning activities to achieve strategic objectives.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field; MBA preferred.
  • Must have eight or more years’ of management experience in a folding carton packaging industry or similar manufacturing environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Superior management/leadership skills
  • Foresight, creativity, sense of urgency, and good organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills

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

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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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