Title:  Operations Manager

Requisition ID:  4367

Elk Grove Village, IL, US, 60007

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  Up to 25%

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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.



The Operations Manager oversees manufacturing processes, coordinates and supervises production supervisors and personnel 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.  This includes, but not limited to safety, equipment, production and quality, continuous improvement, development and management of its human resources and any other duties as assigned. They understand and align business operations & manufacturing as he/she executes their role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives.


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 equipment and facility budget.
  • Organize the plant’s production function by assigning responsibilities; delegating tasks, and the training and development of employees.
  • 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 and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • 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 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.



  • Minimum 7 years of experience in a manufacturing setting and experience, preferably in the folding carton industry.
  • Experience working with high volume printing and converting equipment.



  • 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.



  • Computer skills in Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word and ability to grasp the technical knowledge of all equipment.
  • Knowledge in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Ability to foster teamwork, accept feedback and create a safe & viable work environment.




  • General schedule is M-F assignment; however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; 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.



  • 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.


Pay Range:   $129,690.00 - $172,920.00


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.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago