Title:  Fiber Manufacturing Manager

Requisition ID:  789

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

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.

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The Fiber Manufacturing Manager's primary responsibility is the overseeing of all events transpiring within the Stock Prep Department.  This is 24-hour coverage, 7 days a week.  This roll includes, but is not limited to:  troubleshooting fiber issues, as trailers of wastepaper arrive; handling of personnel issues, including labor relations, labor schedules, and vacation schedules; assisting with maintenance issues, as necessary; enforcing and improving safety; track stock trends, usages, and inventories; performing checks on various equipment for performance and maintenance needs; and working with symbiotic departments to better ensure maximum, undisrupted stock throughput.


The Fiber Manufacturing Manager will also be involved with maintenance, process improvements and machine changes. The Fiber Manufacturing Manager will have 7 salaried direct reports and will have a strong influential position and direct authority for decision making with respect to the machine in general, and the operation in particular. This position will require to participate in the mill on call responsibilities weekends and weeknights.


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

  • Assisting Operations personnel in resolving manufacturing and maintenance problems to ensure safe operations and prevent operational delays and downtime while minimizing costs.
  • Work on teams to help develop and manage capital and maintenance projects.
  • Perform fiber production troubleshooting in all areas of manufacturing.
  • Examine procedures and recommends changes to improve quality and operating efficiency, and to maximize productivity.  Plans and executes trials to achieve desired results.
  • Participate in various team activities (Safety, Lean-sigma, etc.), providing leadership to keep teams goals and results consistent with company direction.
  • Provide coverage for Assistant Superintendent/Supervisor vacancies (absences, vacations, training, etc.) on an as needed basis.
  • Provide weekend coverage in production department rotation



  • Ten (10) years previous experience with paper making operations.
  • Five (5) years’ experience as paper machine supervisor.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • SAP experience a plus.
  • Continuous Improvement Agility - Improve Safety, Cost, Productivity, Quality & Morale
  • Coachable - willingness to make changes daily as required



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technical discipline; or equivalent experience


  • Good interpersonal skills; ability to positively influence people
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to motivate people to perform at higher levels
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership and teamwork to ensure safe and efficient operations
  • Ability to align with and champion company and mill policies and procedures



  • General schedule is an M-F assignment, with rotating weekend/night call coverage. Employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so. Schedule includes weekend rotation coverage.


  • Sitting or standing for extended periods 8+-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Wear PPE when required:  Hard Hat, safety glasses, hearing protection etc.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.
  • Confined space entry of equipment and vessels during outages.
  • Walking down all process areas and equipment.


  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Customer Focus
  • Planning
  • Managing & Measuring Work
  • Priority Setting
  • Drive for Results
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Functional/Technical Skills and Knowledge


Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo