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Title:  Mgr., Manufacturing IV

Requisition ID:  12754-159

Battle Creek, MI, US, 49017

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required


Graphic Packaging is seeking an Operations Manager for a coated recycle board mill in Battle Creek, MI.  This position will have operational and maintenance responsibility for Stock Preparation, Powerhouse and two board machines.  This role will report to the mill manager.  The role is expected to lead the operations and maintenance organizations to achieve safety, environmental, and quality excellence and drive performance to achieve results consistent with company direction and goals.  


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


  • Strives to achieve zero safety incidents and 100% environmental compliance
  • Provides Technical expertise by working with Operations; Maintenance; Quality; Customer Services; Sales and Marketing and Customers
  • Managerial responsibility for technical direction, administrative management, and leadership across the facility
  • Develops an understanding of the true current state and the desired future state, develops and executes plans and strategies to close the gaps
  • Provides support implementing best practices to improve safety, quality, and productivity and cost reduction
  • Develops, leads and coaches teams in manufacturing a quality product while ensuring a safe and efficient operation
  • Utilizes strong communication skills throughout all levels of the organization
  • Leader in Standard work and operate by the guideline processes
  • Strong in problem solving and training others
  • Examines procedures and recommends changes to improve quality and operating efficiency, and to maximize productivity.  Plans and executes trials to achieve desired results.
  • Participates in various team activities (Safety, Lean-sigma, etc.), providing leadership to keep teams goals and results consistent with company direction.
  • Fulfills duties of Mill Manager in their absence (vacations, training, etc.) on an as needed basis
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills


  • Dynamic, flexible team player with demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and develop others
  • Good Interpersonal skills and ability to influence people
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, and other software applications as required for the business
  • Good organization/project management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills




  • General schedule is Monday - Friday during normal business hours but also includes a weekend rotational schedule. Employee must be willing to work alternate schedules 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.
  • Awkward movements while working on equipment.
  • Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.



  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Drive for Results
  • Managerial Courage
  • Intellectual Horsepower
  • Priority Setting
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing through Systems

Required Experience



  • A minimum of seven (7) years leadership/supervisory experience in the paper industry
  • Minimum of ten (10) years previous production/maintenance/engineering experience within a pulp & paper facility (cylinder board machine exp. preferred)
  • Demonstrated involvement in the implementation of safety initiatives
  • Experience using CMMS system



  • BS in Paper Science or Chemical Engineering preferred but other engineering degree will be considered
  • Continuous Improvement – Lean Six-Sigma, Lean/Six Sigma knowledge preferred.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Battle Creek
Nearest Secondary Market: Kalamazoo

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