Title:  Director, Operational Excellence

Requisition ID:  1893

IL, US, 60007

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  Up to 75%

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.

A World of Difference. Made Possible.


The position can be based anywhere in the U.S.


The Director Operational Excellence is responsible for designing, deploying and implementing the division-wide daily management system to improve overall throughput, reduce cost, reduce unscheduled equipment downtime and improve overall process reliability.  The candidate will work closely with manufacturing sites, complementing the expectations of the Director of Operations and supporting existing continuous improvement initiatives. 


  • Design, deploy and implement a Plant Management work system – leverage, scale and audit/assess all sites.  This work system will achieve the following objectives:
    • Develop plant leadership capability. 
    • Foster an engaged workforce to achieve plant objectives (shift, daily, weekly, monthly, annual).
    • Use data to identify performance gaps at manufacturing sites and deploying resources with subject matter expertise to assist the plants with a formal problem solving process.
    • Incorporate and support further development/adoption of an existing digital equipment performance tracking systems into the management cadence of the plants.
    • Improve and incorporate existing operational standard processes by manufacturing discipline.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with employees at all levels in the organization.
  • Maintain an active, collaborative and strategic relationship with Plant leadership on priority development, EE development, and organizational needs.



  • Strong experience in Manufacturing Leadership Systems.
  • LEAN Manufacturing experience preferred.
  • 7 – 10 years of direct supervisory/manager responsibility for both hourly and salaried resources



  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business, or Leadership disciplines preferred
  • Experience with Continuous Improvement/LEAN preferred



  • Strong communication and follow-up skills, leadership skills-relationship building, and group facilitation skills.
  • Business presence, ability to work through others, technical presence, extensive circle of influence, computer skills, and strong project management.
  • Technical abilities, process understanding, process control understanding, troubleshooting abilities, CMMS abilities.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to develop strategies and long-range plans to accomplish objectives
  • Ability to travel 75%+ of the time


Nearest Major Market: Chicago