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Title:  Operations / CI Manager

Requisition ID:  19885-159

Centralia, IL, US, 62801

Category:  Executive and Senior Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

Job Description:

The Operations Manager is responsible for the management of all production departments as it relates to safety, quality, and productivity. This position is responsible for meeting the needs of the customers, while maximizing operational effectiveness.   This position will provide daily direction and leadership to the press and finishing department, and ensure compliance to all Company policies and procedures.  The Operations Manager is responsible for monitoring performance, setting expectations, and development of staff.


  1. Improved operational effectiveness
    1. Using Lean manufacturing concepts streamline processes and procedures
    2. Ensure that customer specifications are consistently met or exceeded
    3. Identify and implement cost reduction initiatives
    4. Support divisional and corporate AIP for organizational change
    5. Spearhead cost reduction initiatives
    6. Meet or exceed standards for environmental, safety, working conditions and cleanliness
  2. Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to develop employees
    1. Identify areas of vulnerability
    2. Address talent deficiencies via Performance Improvement and Developmental Plans
    3. Create meaningful plans to increase the skills of direct and indirect reports
  3. Drive Culture initiatives that focus on engaging our employees and increasing employee engagement.
    1. Facilitate and drive Division Lean initiatives, regular communication meetings and employee recognition activities
    2. Drive continuous progress against culture action plans support the implementation of countermeasures where appropriate



Strategic Agility: Proven ability to anticipate future consequences and trends accurately. Can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

Business acumen – Knows how businesses work; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, technology, and information affecting his/her business organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.

Decision Making and Problem Solving: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Conflict management (negotiation) – Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.

Interpersonal Savvy – Relates well to all kinds of people – up, down and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact, can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably

Perspective: Proven skill in looking beyond area of responsibility when developing plans. Has the ability to think globally. Must have the ability to look to the broadest possible view of an issue/challenge.

Integrity & Trust: Can be trusted with confidential information. Can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in packaging industry related field or business
  • Heavy emphasis on printing
  • Proven technical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate process improvement teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate people.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and SAP skills.
  • Lean Manufacturing experiences a plus.
  • Proven culture development experience

. 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, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

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

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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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