Title:  Manufacturing Supervisor

Requisition ID:  3503

Fort Smith, AR, US, 72923

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  No Travel Required

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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.


Manufacturing Supervisor / Production Supervisor - Nights


Graphic Packaging International, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a leading provider of packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage and other consumer products companies.  The Company is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and holds a leading market position in coated-unbleached Kraft board and coated-recycled board.  One of its facilities is currently seeking a Production Shift Supervisor.  The position is located at the Fort Smith, Arkansas plant, which is part of the Consumer Products Division producing sheet fed cartons.



This position is designed to support the internal talent development initiatives of Graphic Packaging International. Those interested in advancing their careers in the printing/packaging, converting, and paper making industry will find this role particularly interesting. The position is heavily focused on development and learning in regard to GPI’s manufacturing processes, value proposition and business objectives as this position is intended to serve as a catalyst for promotional opportunities and our ongoing talent development efforts. Incumbents must remain willing to promote to higher level roles when positions become available and their manager(s) feels they have achieved the level of experience and training necessary to perform at a higher level. This includes continued willingness to relocate for those opportunities – Graphic Packaging operates in multiple states across the US in both metropolitan and rural areas. Incumbents are targeted to remain in this role for one to four years depending on your existing level of experience, performance in role, learning, and the number and timing of vacancies that create an opportunity for advancement. Supervisor positions may be on days or nights and may follow a M-F schedule or may work rotating 12 hour shifts that rotate every other weekend off. It’s key to remember that future advancement opportunities are almost always on M-F, regular business hour, schedules.


In addition to the learning opportunity that comes with this position the primary responsibility of the Production Supervisor is to work directly with and supervise a production workforce of approximately 50+/- employees per shift. This person will have responsibility for the day to day management for all aspects of the production floor, with Safety as a top priority, assuring that work is produced in accordance with operating targets. He or she ensures compliance with established customer quality and production standards. They understand and align plant operations & production with the Customer Support group as he/she executes their role in the overall order fulfillment process 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.

  • Serves as the primary back up to the Department Manager
  • Leads, mentors, and manages work force to ensure compliance with operational expectations, policies, and procedures for both local and corporate policies.
  • Works with department trainer to plan, organize and schedule training assignments for all department employees, ensuring timely completion
  • Works with HR to coordinate all training validation requirements.
  • Responsible for maintaining employee schedules in coordination with HR using the approved time keeping system.
  • Primary for validating and management of employee timekeeping (clocking in and out) and compliance with site attendance policy
  • Supervises and facilitates work assignments with department leads to oversee the day-to-day shift activities of team.
  • Responsible for meeting production objectives and quality expectations.
  • Works with department manager to administer corrective action as needed and in a timely manner.
  • maintains a safe work environment.
  • Works with quality team to research, and determine root causes of defects or quality incidents
  • Responsible for compliance with all facility food safety, food defense, and quality policies and procedures including product safety (GMPs)/Sanitation policies and procedures.
  • Must continually work to promote the orderliness and cleanliness of their work area in support of SQF/5’s and other company standards.
  • Must be supportive of GPI’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values (Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork).
  • Must support on going activities aligning with LEAN, 5’s, Six Sigma and other Continuous Improvement programs and processes.
  • Have considerable understanding of business processes and expectations to better support customer requirements and maximize delivery results that meet or exceed customer expectations.
  • Display leadership courage as required to address and correct unacceptable behavior, performance and conduct.
  • Look to stop any process that is not meeting employee safety requirements, intervene and address as needed with employee, HSE and/or site leadership immediately
  • Stop any process that does not meet food safety requirements.
  • Stop any process that does not meet customer quality requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 2-5 years of manufacturing experience required.
  • Printing/packaging converting experience a plus (includes internships).
  • Paper Mill experience a plus (includes internships).
  • Prior supervisory experience



  • Four-year technical degree in Engineering, Printing, or Packaging. (Engineering degrees preferred include Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Industrial.)
  • Advanced degree beneficial but not required.
  • Must be willing to relocate to the area of the current opening and for future opportunities.



  • Demonstrated leadership ability & ongoing desire to develop a managerial career.
  • Demonstrated technical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, ability to motivate people.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft office applications.





  • General Production Supervisor schedules consist of 12-hour rotating days – generally includes every other weekend off, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or off 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 12-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 25 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office equipment, hand and electrical tools or equipment.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment in designated areas (Safety Shoes, Hats, Hearing Protection, Hair & Beard Netting).
  • Working in various temperatures & humidity levels depending on building & department (not all areas are temperature controlled throughout facilities).




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, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.


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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