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Title:  Printing Lead

Requisition ID:  17074-159

Charlotte, NC, US, 28134

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required


To lead the press crews in the everyday operation of the presses, to ensure that make-readies and production runs are conducted in the most efficient manner possible to achieve top quality production. To understand and align business operations to the department functions as he/she executes their role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial, and operational objectives.

 Primary Responsibilities are, but not limited to the following:

  • Serve as the link between department personnel, Maintenance, Printing Manager, and upper management.
  • Flexible to different shifts to work team position on press to assist in vacation coverages and staffing shortages.
  • Collaborate with department personnel to determine daily, short term, and long-term action plans to maintain and improve press conditions.
  • Assist press teams and maintenance in diagnosing press issues and determining root cause through structured problem-solving tactics such as 5-Why and documented Root Cause Problem Solving.
  • Verify press issues are documented in Megamations with all necessary details and pertinent information.
  • Combine analysis of production reports, downtime reports, historical and open work orders with real time information from press team members to identify underlying issues, commonalities, and links between issues then develop solutions and preventative actions
  • Partner with press team to verify and validate completion of Maintenance work orders.
  • Partner with Maintenance, Maintenance Scheduler, Reliability Manager, Printing Manager, EHS Manager, and Production Scheduler to plan press outages and other large-scale projects.
  • Coordinate with Printing Manager to assist in directing and supervising the day-to-day shift activities.
  • Coordinate with Printing Manager to establish daily production priorities.
  • Collaborate with department colleagues to plan production operation sequences for manufacturing schedule, utilizing knowledge of production processes and methods, machine and equipment capabilities, material availability, and human resource requirements and capabilities.
  • Review production schedule and partner with team members to prevent operational delays and downtime.
  • Responsible for equipment condition and department housekeeping.
  • Work with employees to maintain a safe work environment. Leads and supports employees to work in a safe manner and to seek improvements in work practices.
  • Ensure that product quality and production efficiencies meet or exceed established standards.
  • Examine procedures and engage press teams to recommend changes to save time, labor, and other costs and to improve quality control and operating efficiency.
  • Audits department daily for safety, quality, procedural, housekeeping, and 5S compliance.
  • Verify completeness and accuracy of employee’s work, computations, and records.
  • Participates in work to facilitate productivity or overcome difficult aspects of work.
  • Instructs team in job duties or arranges for training to be provided where applicable.
  • Facilitates team meetings, intervenes as necessary to keep the team’s goals and results consistent with company direction, and works with the team members to develop their full potential.
  • Provide input on job performance and recommends appropriate personnel action.
  • Work with press teams to identify customer specific opportunities for improvement.
  • Assist in maintaining GPI, GMP, and SQF department standards.
  • Perform Quality audits on machines throughout the day.
  • Assist employees with quality issues throughout the day.
  • Shift meeting with Pressroom Manager to brief on the events of the day, focus for night shift and next 24 to 48 hours.
  • Prepare the department for shift change (clean and orderly)
  • Complete Assigned Projects if applicable
  • Share in coverage responsibilities with management team for Pressroom Manager vacations.
  • Review audits results and EOS Reports from previous shifts.
  • Assist with New Business Meetings.
  • Maintain and monitor control documents.
  • Participate and lead Kaizen events and sustain resulting improvements.
  • Participate in leadership training and skill development.
  • Provide employees with guidance in handling difficult or complex problems and in resolving grievances or submits unsettled disputes to management.
  • Shares an obligation to protect and strengthen Graphic Packaging International’s good reputation in our relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, investors, and governmental agencies, and to act consistently with our core values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must have excellent attendance, be able to work independently and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.                   


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to utilize and lead formal problem-solving processes. Ability to develop primary and alternative courses of action with subject matter experts input.


Ability to motivate people to perform at high levels and contribute to growth of positive continuous improvement culture.


MS Office, and database programs


  • 1-2 years manufacturing experience preferred.
  • 3-5 years printing experience.


  • Experience with Manroland 700 offset printing presses.
  • Supervisor or other leadership experience.
  • Mechanical and electrical aptitude.
  • tBox software system.



Employees are required to work 8-hour (M-F) schedule including weekends.

Occasional overtime is required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.  The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to talk or hear and occasionally required to walk.  

The employee is frequently required to lift or carry under 10 pounds and occasionally required to lift or carry 50 to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color, close vision and distance vision.

Must be able to perform computer entry and testing functions as well as manual testing of cartons and paperboard.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration.

      The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Personal Protective Equipment (hearing protection, safety glasses, safety shoes, hairnet) is required.  Other PPE may be required for specific tasks,

The above job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

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