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Title:  Total Productive Maintenance Lead

Requisition ID:  15301-159

Kenton, OH, US, 43326

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

JOB SUMMARY: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a maintenance philosophy that integrates equipment maintenance into the manufacturing process to increase the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of department equipment. The TPM Lead drives a learning culture that embraces standardized work, information flow, problem solving, and continuous improvement. The three goals of TPM are zero unplanned failures, zero product defects, and zero accidents.


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

  • Work within and adhere to GPI’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships and Teamwork.
  • Lead the development and execution of TPM implementation.
  • Support autonomous maintenance, process and machine improvement, preventative maintenance, early management of new equipment, and process quality management within the department.
  • Partner with maintenance leads on writing work instructions or standard maintenance procedures regarding preventative maintenance (PM) tasks.
  • Assist cup department trainers in operator training and emphasizing proactive and preventative maintenance techniques.
  • Create a baseline for department operators to maintain equipment cleanliness
  • Lead product loss elimination initiatives for the department.
  • Follow up on PM work and update PM packages with additional information needed for continuous improvements.
  • Developing and implementing RCFA program
  • Work with Parts Room Manager to maintain and adjust inventory levels to the description of the dept.
  • Use data driven decisions to help Operations and Maintenance become more proactive in process control and reaction.
  • Adhere to 5S principles and safety principles.
  • Be the process expert on Lean tools (value stream mapping, Kanban SMED, Kaizen, Heijunka).
  • Direct reports include bagger utility technical lead and cup former maintainers.
  • Backup cup superintendent and cup department manager as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Two years of cup maintenance and/or cup operator experience required.
  • Experience in TPM manufacturing deployment preferred.
  • Excellent planning and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including the ability to influence behaviors and resolve challenges.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Proven ability to operate effectively in a rapidly changing environment where analytical skills, technical depth, collaboration, and leadership are equally important.
  • Self-motivated, self-confident, and capable in operating well with varying levels of direction.


  • Associates Degree or higher preferred or equivalent experience in manufacturing.



  • Sitting or standing, depending on changing job assignment, for extended periods.
  • Awkward and/or repetitive movements.
  • Routine Lifting up to 30 lbs.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Push/pull pallet jack 
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various hand and electrical tools and equipment.
  • Work in areas of fluctuating temperature.


Required Experience

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.

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.

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