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Title:  Supt., Paper Machine III

Requisition ID:  18439-159

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Category:  Manufacturing Management
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

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference. 


Supt., Paper Machine III




The Paper Machine Superintendent III is responsible for the safe, environmentally sound, and efficient operation of No. 3 Paper Machine, including equipment, processes, and people.  This position reports to the Production Manager and will have responsibility for approximately 48 hourly operations personnel and 5 salaried personnel.  The salary staff comprises 1 Assistant Superintendent and 4 Shift Supervisors. 




Oversight of the operation of a 350 TPD Coated Recycled Board Machine.  Key areas of responsibility include safety, environmental compliance, employee engagement, hourly and salaried team development, process productivity, efficiency and reliability of the daily operation.  Oversight of department financial performance to include cost management and annual budgeting, product quality, and capital planning is required.  Additional responsibilities will also include the direction of technical resources and process experts who support the business unit.

  • 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 paperboard production troubleshooting in all areas of manufacturing:  stock prep, paper machines, and rewinding.
  • 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.
  • Fulfills duties of Superintendents in their absence (vacations, training, etc.) on an as needed basis
  • Provide coverage for supervisor vacancies (absences, vacations, training, etc.) on an as needed basis.
  • Provide weekend coverage in production department rotation



  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in a Paper Mill production area (coated board experience preferred)
  • Clear record of safety / environmental commitment and results
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate to groups and individuals at all levels
  • Strong commitment to reliability and to the use of Manufacturing Excellence tools/systems to ensure sustainability of progress
  • Demonstrated leadership focused on accountability and results
  • Develop direct reports through meaningful one-to-one discussions
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a reliability culture where a clear partnership exists between Engineering, Operations, and Maintenance
  • Skilled in Planning and Scheduling
  • Thorough knowledge of paper equipment and systems




  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related field required
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain change
  • Demonstrated ability to engage a work force
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proactive problem solver




  • 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 weekend duty.




  • Frequent, bending, stooping, squatting, as well as frequent movement throughout the facility for extended periods of time up to 8 -hour
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office, hand tools or electrical equipment
  • Employee is required to wear steel toe shoes, safety glasses and hearing protecting when in the manufacturing area.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to airborne particles and times of increased heat and humidity.
  • The noise level in the immediate work environment is normally quiet, however requires exposure to a noisy manufacturing environment.




  • Action Oriented
  • Conflict Management
  • Developing Direct Reports
  • Priority Setting
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Problem Solving


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, 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

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