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Title:  Mgr., Plant III

Requisition ID:  17803 - 159

Clarksville, TN, US, 37040

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required


The Plant Manager is responsible for leading and managing a manufacturing facility of about 250 employees to achieve safety, quality, service and productivity targets and expectations.  The facility generates approximately $100MM in revenue annually and converts some 15,000 tons of raw materials.  The plant services GPI’s Foodservice customers producing primarily cold cups.  The facility also produces plastic cups and lids.  Through effective working partnerships with sales, sales & operations support, the incumbent balances customer needs with optimizing operational effectiveness.  The Plant Manager is responsible for implementing manufacturing policies and programs that maintain and improve the company’s competitive position and profitability of the operation.

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


Strategic Initiatives – EBITDA and Cash Targets

  • Improve productivity and decrease waste through the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and projects.
  • Increase labor efficiency and utilization, including staffing and overtime.
  • Optimize inventory turns and reduce aged board inventory to meet cash targets.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Growth Initiatives – Annual Revenue

  • Execute Voice of Customer initiatives at the facility level.
  • Achieve on-time delivery targets.
  • Drive successful onboarding of new and transfer business.
  • Ensure that customer specifications are consistently met or exceeded.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Operational Effectiveness

  • Meet or exceed standards for environmental, safety, working conditions and cleanliness through daily oversight and direction of management team.
  • Develop and implement processes and procedures to continually improve quality and reduce customer complaints.
  • Direct management team to ensure productivity targets are monitored and achieved across all facility assets.
  • Ensure facility assets are appropriately maintained through planning and implementation of maintenance programs and procedures, including preventative maintenance and reliability programs.
  • Manage overall spending against budget and in relation to changes in production volume.
  • Manage facility maintenance budget within parameters.
  • Provide local support and coordination on facility capital projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Drive and implement high performance management practices, including Lean manufacturing, daily management processes and other related programs.
  • Partner with HR function to hire, train and evaluate team members. Assess performance and take corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with company policy.  Ensure compliance with current federal, state and local employment regulations. 
  • Establish group and individual accountabilities through annual goal planning and performance reviews.
  • Develop talent through assignments, job rotations, promotions to build bench strength and succession planning.
  • Drive and support high performance culture employee involvement initiatives and practices. Build and maintain a productive and engaged relationship with hourly associates.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills


  • 7–10 years of operational management experience in the packaging industry.
  • Technical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate process improvement teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate vision/mission.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate people.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Internet skills.
  • Lean Manufacturing experience a plus.




  • Four year degree preferred or;
  • Compensatory closely related work experience required in lieu of degree.
  • Master’s Degree a plus




  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; 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 up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.



  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Business Acumen
  • Customer Focus
  • Decision Quality
  • Developing Direct Reports & Others
  • Drive for Results
  • Ethics and Values
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Intellectual Horsepower
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Listening
  • Managerial Courage
  • Motivating Others

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.

Nearest Major Market: Clarksville
Nearest Secondary Market: Nashville

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