Title:  Environmental Sr Manager

Requisition ID:  1994

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Department:  Health, Safety & Environmental
Travel:  Up to 25%

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.

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We offer compensation and benefit programs that are among the best in the industry. With competitive base salaries, 401(k) plans and benefits offerings, we strive to reward talented people who make our company successful.




The Sr. Manager HSE (Environmental), is a key member of the Kalamazoo, Michigan Mill’s Leadership team and is responsible for leading the Environmental function at the mill, implementing strategic and operational plans to drive both short and long-term objectives, and provide world class expertise through demonstrated leadership.  The position is responsible for managing the environmental aspects of the GPI HSE Management System and related matters to safeguard the environment.  This role reports directly to the Mill Manager and engages other operations and functions as required.  The Kalamazoo Environmental Manager supports the global HSE global vision, mission, overall goals and objectives and is the key liaison with HSE leadership.


The Sr. Manager will have history of sustained results, leadership, prioritization, coordination and consistent deployment of strategy, customer service and compliance are requirements for this position. Direct responsibilities include environmental regulatory compliance, community relations, agency and community interaction. The individual works cross functionally and develops relationships to achieve compliance, positive employee, and community relations, influences to create a positive HSE culture and drives results that achieve positive business performance. The individual will influence proactively in a dynamic work environment. Expected results focus on driving a proactive, sustainable, and continuously improving HSE management system, developing, and enhancing employee environmental knowledge, innovating transformation, and performing with excellence.


Key Responsibilities and Job Functions: Primary job functions include, but are not limited to the following:  

  • Managing the environment programs, budget and direction for the Kalamazoo Mill
  • Accountable for the Environmental budget and leading the environmental aspects of the GPI HSE Management System to drive program maturity.
  • Managing people, setting direction and deploying environmental resources in a union environment
  • Developing plans and delivers results in a fast-changing business and regulatory environment by participating in Mill Division Environmental initiatives to drive process improvements.
  • Provides input to Mill and departmental strategies
  • Contributes directly to Mill priorities and planning
  • Drives compliance maturity with environmental regulations such as Clean Air Act (including Title V Air Program), Clean Water Act (including NPDES and Storm Water Programs), RCRA, TSCA, SARA, etc.
  • Provide technical assistance on environmental compliance projects, auditing, and management systems.
  • Plan and lead self-assessments to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Build solid working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including regulatory agencies.
  • Lead GPI’s Kalamazoo Partnership community relations efforts and liaisons with city, community, and state agencies.  Has strong community relations background.
  • Interact with the mill personnel and management to communicate environmental requirements, identify compliance issues, and implement compliance requirements.
  • Develop and provide training on key environmental issues, permitting and environmental requirements, and compliance.
  • Develop and implement environmental guidelines and best practices.
  • Manage regulatory reporting requirements, permitting processes, and response to regulatory activities, inspections, and citations.
  • Investigate environmental incidents and develops recommendations to prevent future incidents.
  • Maintain up-to-date, comprehensive knowledge of federal/state/local environmental laws, EPA regulations, and corporate policies.
  • Align business operations and corporate objectives.
  • Provides solutions to complex environmental issues serving as the Senior Environmental Leader.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental or related field
  • Minimum 12+ years environmental experience
  • 3+ years of leading people, large-scale construction projects, and managing budgets and resources
  • Has strong environmental issue community relations experience.
  • Certified Professional, desired
  • Possesses broad technical expertise, business and industry knowledge, and process and people leadership capabilities.
  • Paper manufacturing experience preferred.


Required Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge with Microsoft programs (excel, word, PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with HSE data management system (i.e., Gensuite, Intelex, VelocityEHS, Enablon, ProcessMap, EHS Insight, Riskconnect) 



  • General schedule is an 8-hour 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.  Weekend and evening on call responsibilities based on rotation.
  • Up to 25% 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.



  • Applies advanced knowledge of technical concepts to manage projects and solve complex issues
  • Influences without authority and can engage peers and other leaders to get results
  • Manages department operations; supervises others
  • Manages complexity, builds effective teams, has situational adaptability, self develops, drives engagement, optimizes work processes, has a global perspective, ensures accountability, collaborates, and is resourceful

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. 

Nearest Major Market: Detroit


Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo