Title:  Manufacturing Manager

Requisition ID:  2656

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  No Travel Required

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 Manufacturing Manager is responsible for the safety, employee engagement, productivity, quality, and customer service associated with multiple manufacturing and support functions within the manufacturing facility. He/she is responsible for overall planning, assigning, and directing the work of a production management team responsible for paper manufacturing operations. He/she is responsible for ensuring his/her teams remains focused on key performance indicators (Safety, Quality, and Productivity), optimizing production equipment to produce a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations. He/she is responsible for understanding and aligning business operations and manufacturing operations as he/she executes his/her role in alignment with GPI business, cultural, financial, and operational objectives.

Actively leads and participates in the plant safety, housekeeping, and continuous improvement efforts.


JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Managerial responsibility for technical direction, administrative management, and leadership in the Paper Machine area.
  • 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 paper 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
  • Coaches and develops training plans for direct reports and technicians.
  • Supports mill and department goals in safety, environmental compliance, quality, cost, productivity, and continuous improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned.



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



  • Proven record of identifying opportunities and the ability to recommend and implement improvements.
  • Must be a leader with exceptional communication skills, good organization, and the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • 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
  • Troubleshooting and Problem Solving for Continuous Improvement



  • 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.
  • Up to 25% travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.



  • 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.



  • Growth Mindset in Developing Talent and Teams and Continuous Improvement
  • Leadership Mindset in Enabling Performance and Engaging Employees
  • Strategic Mindset in delivering a High-Performance Organization
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Customer Focus
  • Managing & Measuring Work
  • Planning and Priority Setting
  • Problem solving, Drive for Results, Timely Decision Making
  • Functional/Technical Skills and Knowledge
  • Managing through Systems


Salary Range:

  • Min: $112,005
  • Mid: $149,340
  • Max: $186,675

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: Kalamazoo