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Title:  Manufacturing Operations Manager

Requisition ID:  11007-159

Elk Grove Village, IL, US, 60007

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade:  96

We're seeking an experienced operational manager to oversee our Elk Grove Village Facility and manage three Production Managers to meet/exceed the company’s key performance indicators (Safety, Quality, and Productivity).  This includes managing optimal production equipment to produce a product that meets or exceeds our customer’s expectations. The ideal candidate has a business-related bachelor's, has worked in a management position in a fast pace environment, can quickly switch gears to handle a range of duties/projects and is proficient with the SAP.

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

  • Establish manufacturing quality standards, methods, facilities, policies, and procedures by studying product requirements; obtaining engineering consultation and determining the equipment and facility budget.
  • Oversee a workforce of 240 employees in the manufacturing department
  • Organize the plant’s production function by assigning responsibilities; delegating tasks, and the training and development of his/her direct reports.
  • Facilitate production by coordinating requirements with sales, quality, and customer service.
  • Complete production plan by establishing priorities, scheduling activities and monitoring progress; revising schedules, and resolving problems.
  • Maintain staff performance expectations by coaching, counseling production managers.
  • Achieve financial objectives by preparing manufacturing and maintenance scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiate corrective actions.
  • Incorporate and foster continuous improvement by developing metrics with plant employees to determine the root cause of non-conformity with formulations or production planning; identify corrective measures to reduce waste (time and materials) in the plant; recommend preventative maintenance requirements to guarantee safe and efficient operation of equipment.
  • Spearhead cost reduction initiatives.
  • Lead the plant in safety initiatives and deployment of HSE policies and practices.
  • Understand and comply with GPI Policies, Safety, Core Values, Continuous Improvement, Employee Training, etc.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, review, maintenance, communications of SQF 2000 policies, as designated by the SQF practitioner.
  • Participate in the annual plant review of Safe Quality Foods (SQF) system, internal audit/schedule.
  • Coordination of SQF type Root Cause / Corrective Actions activities.
  • Validation and verification of SQF controls with a determined frequency/schedule.
  • This position has full responsibility for the development and maintenance of SQF related documents and records as designated by the SQF practitioner.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 7 years of experience in a manufacturing setting and experience.
  • Experience working in a fast pace environment with high production volume.
  • Excellent project management skills.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year College or University; Mechanical, Engineering or manufacturing discipline preferred.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing principles, successful track record in cost savings initiatives (Safety, Waste, Continuous Improvement)
  • Trained or knowledge of SQF prerequisites including GMP, Food Defense, etc.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Outlook and SAP.

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 www.graphicpkg.com.

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.

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