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Title:  Machine Operator CNC

Requisition ID:  12340-159

Elk Grove Village, IL, US, 60007

Category:  Customer Service and Sales Support
Travel:  No Travel Required

At Graphic Packaging International (GPI) our employees are the cornerstone of our success. We place great emphasis on exceeding customer expectations, delivering results, community involvement and environmental sustainability. The right candidate should value corporate citizenship as well as focusing on achieving gold level customer service.

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.

 CNC Machine Operator I

We have a great opportunity for a motivated self-starter in our Manufacturing Design Group. The Manufacturing Design group, within Innovation and Design, is primarily responsible for translating final paperboard carton specifications into production-ready cutting tooling used by GPI converting facilities to produce finished paperboard cartons that meet customer needs, expectations, and requirements. The translation of specifications into tooling encompasses Layout, Programming, and Tooling Ordering processes and procedures utilizing both ArtiosCAD and SAP software applications. The CNC Operator position supports the manufacturing Design team by producing phenolic and steel counter plates that directly support our nation-wide network of commercial converting operations.

The CNC Machine Operator position’s primary responsibility is to operate the counter production room which supports GPI’s platen plant operations. This requires scheduling, running milling machines, reviewing the milling files, inspecting and cleaning the counters, shipping the counters to their final destinations. The person in this position should be familiarity with CAM driven machine operations such as CNC machining and have solid computer skills.

Position Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Schedule Management and Machine Operations

  • Actively monitor, maintain, and control work schedule (including daily load balancing) and back-log using computer programs, machine knowledge, phone, and email systems
  • Work closely with manufacturing designers, the second milling location, and production facilities to ensure on time delivery and quality of product

Operator of all CAM driven milling machines

  • Operate all milling machines as needed by the schedule to generate steel and phenolic counter plates
  • Clean, inspect, package, and ship out steel and phenolic counters

Maintain Inventory of raw materials and tools for counter room operations

Operate forklifts and clamp trucks as necessary

Perform Preventative maintenance and assist with other maintenance on machines and systems associated with the machines

Software / Computer           

  • Operate forklifts and clamp trucks as necessary
  • Use equipment and computer applications to ship product
  • Understand and efficiently use the corporate database and software for a variety of tasks including schedule, order records, equipment log, and accounting functions
  • Review CAD and CAM files for efficiency and quality
  • Have working knowledge of GPI CAD system for counter production (phenolic counter layouts)
  • Know Milling machine front end software for efficient use of the machines

General Operations

  • Complete all necessary housekeeping duties
  • Actively engage in maintaining a safe working environment


  • Work independently and as part of a team to complete the schedule and all daily required tasks in a timely manner
  • Work collaboratively with the Manufacturing Design team, MTO team, and Plants to increase efficiency (speed), quality, and output quantity of counter production
  • Effectively interface and interact with internal and external customers, stakeholders, peers, and co-workers to resolve issues (such as our plants, carton structure designers, and manufacturing designers) in a timely fashion

Training and Continuous Improvement 

  • Actively participate in employee Certification and Re-Certification activities
  • Drive and assist with the identification, development, and implementation of training and process documents for the counter room
  • Drive and assist with the identification, development, and implementation of Continuous Improvement initiatives
  • Monitor, manage, and complete projects of varying focus, scope, complexity, and duration


  • All other duties as assigned 


This Job Description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties, as assigned by immediate manager and other management personnel.


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.

Required Skills

High-level of mechanical knowledge and aptitude for CNC machining, printing/coating, die cutting, production tooling design, finishing processes, and graphics layout

Prior demonstrated experience (1-2 years) with hands-on production on a CAM driven machine

Working knowledge of paperboard substrates

Working knowledge of carton structural design

Prior experience with ArtiosCAD, MasterCAM, and SAP

Prior Knowledge of Mgrav, Datron, Lasercomb, and/or Gerber milling machines

Prior mechanical or electrical maintenance experience in an industrial/commercial environment

Any level of LEAN / Six Sigma education and experience

Use SAP and GPI CAD System for all daily functions and reports

Knowledge of machines within the facility



Required Experience

High School Diploma or GED

Solid Computer Skills and High Proficiency with computer systems: CAD/CAM software, Programming, MS-Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)

Machine Operation Experience

Very high level of focus and attention to Safety, Quality, and Productivity expectations and requirements

Dynamic, flexible, and personable team player with the ability to participate in team activities to achieve desired results

Effective time management skills

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments and meet short deadlines

Ability to effectively communicate at all levels within the organization

Ability to work independently while supporting team goals and objectives

Technical and analytical skills

Highly detail-oriented

Willingness to learn and be trained

Ability to apply initiative and exercise good judgment when making timely decisions based on data, facts, and experience

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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