Title:  Die Cutting Specialist & Trainer

Requisition ID:  3671

Elk Grove Village, IL, US, 60007

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  Up to 50%

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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.


Job Description:


The Manufacturing Excellence Advisor (Die Cutting Specialist & Trainer) will report to the Operations Directors OpEx. The MEA will support GPI with Die Cutting support and training both at the individual plant level and through the Training Center in both class room and machine training including demonstrations.  To partner with GPI plants and leadership org to accelerate improvements and increase overall asset performance by building a culture of continuous improvement best practices and deploying Lean, A3, other CI strategies throughout GPI.


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

  • Lead various  OpEx CI projects within and across operations to optimize performance.
  • Certify within the Training Center OpEx Program to enhance individual CI tools / techniques and co-train, coach and mentor internally certified CI practitioners and other improvement personnel in Lean, Six Sigma, and Rational Process Thinking Methodology.
  • Work directly with the Training Center & OpEx teams including individual site leadership teams and others to Guide the creation, documentation, and implementation of site-focused improvement plans aligned with Division and Corporation strategy.
  • Build and develop improved operations, processes, and procedures to support the Training Center OpEx Division’s strategic direction.
  • Facilitate a high level of employee participation on teams and in events to foster high involvement, accountability, and results.
  • Work with Finishing and Print Manufacturing Excellence Advisors to align on overall OpEx reporting strategies to generate data driven reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Description:

  • Review and follow directions on make ready procedures and other relative components of Die Cutting, Stripping and Blanking for high-speed converting.
  • Dynamic, flexible team player with demonstrated ability to lead and develop others.
  • Perform all necessary quality checks at set intervals to meet the GPI standards across individual plants.
  • Understand and sort non-conforming and clarify any unclear procedures or specifications prior to creating die cut cartons. Follow established guidelines.
  • Understand and be responsible for performing score bend ratio tests when required.
  • Complete required productions reports, log necessary information on job jackets and other required documentation.
  • Be able to support and perform preventative maintenance on equipment per work instructions.
  • Always maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Follow safety rules and regulations. Clear record of safety / environmental leadership, commitment, and results.
  • Follow and understand department and company policies and procedures.
  • May be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.
  • Experience running die cutters - BOBST 102 up to 162 sizes both old and new generation.
  • Ability to work flexible hours when needed and available to travel periodically 60%+
  • Basic mechanical skills required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with groups and individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to use basic measurement tools.
  • Ability to track production and complete required paperwork.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, personal communication tools
  • Strong Self Starter
  • Strong organizational skills


EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE:                     


Required Experience:


  • Minimum of 5 years of Die Cutting manufacturing experience preferred. 
  • Prior manufacturing experience in the production of Folding Cartons is greatly preferred.
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification preferred.
  • Knowledge in lean, quality, and statistical tools preferred.



  • General schedule is an 8 -10-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be flexible when needed.
  • Occasional travel to include flying, driving, or rail.
  • International travel to Canada and Mexico may be required.
  • Up to 60% travel



  • 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.


Salary Min:   $107,140.00

Salary Mid:   $142,890.00

Salary Max:  $178,640.00


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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