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Title:  Sr. Manager, Purchasing (Mill)

Requisition ID:  6171-159

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Category:  Supply Chain, Logistics and Procurement
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade:  96

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child’s cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! 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 care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. 

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader 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.


Manage the sourcing, buying and pricing of secondary fiber for GPI’s mills located in Kalamazoo, MI, West Monroe, LA, and Macon GA. To provide GPI mills with reliable sources of quality fiber at a competitive delivered costs while managing mill inventories to target levels.

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

  • Establish monthly pricing
  • Maintain mill inventories at target levels
  • Develop cost saving grade substitutions
  • Monitor quality of secondary fiber supply
  • Maintain supplier relationships of secondary fiber
  • Maintain pricing accuracy in Procurement System
  • Manage weekly shipments of secondary fiber into GPI mills
  • In charge of procurement computer system upgrades
  • Develop cost savings initiatives related to secondary fiber
  • Audit mill pricing at month end
  • Maintain monthly planning reports foe secondary fiber
  • Maintain Chain of Custody documentation to verify post-consumer content
  • Enforce GPI’s Standard of Operating Procedures
  • Develop and direct two reports


  • 10 plus years of secondary fiber sourcing or selling experience
  • Expertise in paper grades
  • Knowledge of secondary fiber markets
  • Prior management experience preferred


  • Four year degree required
  • Computer skills related to secondary fiber procurement systems
  • Experience with Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Experience in ERP systems preferred (SAP)


  • Ability to prepare complex reports, statements and professional communications.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, detail orientation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement creative solutions while working under pressure.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with all levels of management.
  • Ability to use technology to solve business problems.

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 EEO is the Law Poster.

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo

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