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Title:  Production Control Manager

Requisition ID:  18685-159

Clarksville, TN, US, 37040

Category:  Production Control and Planning
Travel:  No Travel Required


Graphic Packaging International is a Foodservice cup forming manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Clarksville, TN. team.  This job posting is for a Salary Exempt Production Control Manager.



The Production Control Manager role has overall responsibility for the planning, coordination, and control of manufacturing product flow.  He/she ensures the correct amount of goods and services are produced timely, efficiently, at the right cost and quality level. The scope of the job includes, but is not limited to; order planning, customer service, production coordination and shipment forecast and planning. This position is also responsible for materials management, shipping and receiving



  • Work directly with and manage Production Control and Material Management Team of five (5).
  • Manage the scheduling of all finished goods and work in process.
  • Communicate with sales and customer service on any issues or opportunities.
  • Assist in development and execution of plant budgets.
  • Work with Demand Planning to determine capacity issues on new business.
  • Manage the creation of all bills of materials for finished goods.
  • Evaluate machine utilization to help determine the most cost-effective scheduling process.
  • Help in developing plans and coordinate all necessary materials for new products.
  • Track and communicate all forecast variances to sales and Demand Planning.
  • Identify bottlenecks and potential capacity constraints.
  • Maintain an OTIFNE score of 97% or higher.
  • Purchase and manage all paper, resin, and packaging inventories to ensure all equipment runs according to schedules.
  • Ensure that all corporate purchasing agreements and policies are followed on parts and supplies.
  • Develop and source new suppliers for both raw materials, parts, and supplies.
  • Implement cost reductions in all aspects of purchasing and scheduling.
  • Ensure achievement of safety goals through developing and supporting a culture of following defined safety procedures, encouraging involvement, following up on safety concerns, and modeling proper safe behaviors. Partner directly with HSE, as needed, to ensure adherence to safety and environmental standards.
  • Ensure desired level of employee engagement within the Production Control and Material Management Team.  This includes developing and supporting a culture of listening and responding to employee issues, taking decisive actions, recognizing excellent performance, and holding employees accountable for undesirable behaviors.
  • Ensure achievement of quality goals, ensuring employees are properly trained on quality standards. Partner directly with QA, as needed to ensure adherence to customer quality standards and execution of trials.
  • Ensure achievement of productivity goals by establishing and communicating clear objectives, providing requisite resources to direct reports, engaging the workforce, and setting appropriate priorities / monitoring progress.
  • Develop and support a culture focused on continuous improvement, waste reduction and optimal throughput.
  • Effectively communicate both up and down the organization on key issues (e.g., performance reviews, 1-on-1’s, safety meetings, overtime plans, monthly business results, etc.)
  • Evaluate direct report job performance and recommend appropriate personnel action.
  • Administer, communicate, and interpret work procedures and company policies to direct reports.
  • Provide team with guidance in handling difficult or complex problems and in resolving issues or submits unsettled disputes to management.
  • Share in the 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
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills



  • 5-7 years of progressive work experience in production control, purchasing and/or material management within a complex manufacturing environment; cup making or paper converting experience, preferred.
  • 5-7 years of supervisory experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required to collaborate and communicate effectively with all levels of employees, various manufacturing, and staff departments within the facility, and with groups outside the facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Software Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint) and SAP and QAD.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and organizational skills, and detail orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement creative solutions.  Takes initiative and is self-directed.
  • High level of integrity to ensure accurate reporting of data
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently without a great need of supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at one time


  • Sitting, walking, or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional lifting 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office equipment, hand and electrical tools or equipment.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment in designated areas (Safety Shoes, Hearing Protection, Hair & Beard Netting).
  • Occasional working in various temperatures & humidity levels depending on building & department (not all areas are temperature controlled throughout facilities).
  • Ability to work overtime (greater than 40 hours per week)
  • Ability to work any shift, including 12 hours, evenings, and weekend 



  • Typical schedule consists of an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, 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.



  • Designing & Managing Work: Customer Focus, Managing & Measuring, Organizing, Planning, Priority Setting, Process Management, Functional/Technical Skills.
  • Making Things Happen Through Teams: Action Orientation, Conflict Management, Confronting Direct Reports, Delegation, Directing Others, Listening, Motivating Others, Drive for Results, Sizing Up People, Building Effective Teams.
  • Being A Strong Role Model & Leader: Integrity, Ethics & Values, Action Oriented, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Problem Solving, Standing Alone.
  • To be evaluated and added later and absolutely prior to posting/interviewing for role.

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

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: Clarksville
Nearest Secondary Market: Nashville

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