Title:  Planner/Scheduler Associate

Requisition ID:  1261

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Department:  Planning & Scheduling
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. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference. 


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.

Planner / Scheduler



This position is responsible for managing scheduling and supply planning responsibilities for Coated Recycled Board (CRB) at our Kalamazoo Mill. The successful candidate will be responsible for the detailed scheduling of paper machines in a team environment.  This includes the trimming, sequencing, and sourcing of the production schedules. The planner will work closely with production, shipping, logistics and our customer service team to effectively execute all planning functions at the Kalamazoo Mill.



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


  • Position reports to the Manager, Planning and Customer Service
  • Creation/ management of daily manufacturing production schedule, by machine, to meet sales allocations and customer orders.
  • Ensure that orders are scheduled on the machine most capable and qualified to run the order as efficiently as possible to:
    • Minimize trim/side rolls
    • Maximize machine trim to efficiently
    • Provide customers with on time shipments.
  • Adjust production schedule as necessary to allow for scheduled and unscheduled downtime.
  • Regular, effective communication with production, shipping, logistics and customer service.
  • Partner with site leadership team to ensure product quality standards are met or exceeded.
  • Prepare reports, as needed, by management.
  • Compliance with all company policies, procedures, and processes.
  • Participate in local Lean Manufacturing cadence.
  • Participate in off-shift coverage responsibilities and rotation as required
  • Understand downstream and upstream dependencies, i.e., production processes, customer service, transportation planning.
  • Coordinate and manage the work-in-process and finished goods inventories through the SAP/Panther systems.


Other duties as assigned. The above job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.




  • 3-5 years of customer service, scheduling or operations experience preferred.
  • Experience in SAP preferred.
  • Familiarity with end-to-end supply chain concepts.
  • MS Office, Excel



  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of related training and experience




  • Technical learning
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Customer Focus
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Conflict management
  • Composure
  • Patience





  • 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.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.
  • Must be willing to work as of the weekend duty rotating schedule.




  • 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.



  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Drive for Results
  • Ethics and Values
  • Managerial Courage
  • Priority Setting

GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, LLC 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.

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo