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Title:  R&D Project Manager

Requisition ID:  7588-159

Louisville, CO, US, 80027

Category:  Research and Development
Travel:  Up to 25%
Pay Grade:  96

With limited supervision from the R&D Director, the R&D Project Manager (PM) is responsible for the coordination, control, and logistics of R&D packaging projects. This person brings new packaging from the concept stage through the commercialization stage. The PM also develops existing and new GPI packaging concepts with a focus on bringing these concepts to a manufacturable conclusion.


1) Manages the R&D packaging development process by composing detailed plans, timelines, and budgets to address project(s) scope and goals. Coordinates work within the R&D team to achieve project timelines.


2) Develops cost models for new packaging concepts, including capital estimation/requirements.


3) Leads R&D activities into creating further enhancements of GPI’s packaging formats and combinations thereof.


4) Successfully manages several packaging projects simultaneously, keeping extreme focus on customer commitments and project timelines/milestones.


5) Writes materials, manufacturing, and performance specifications for new packaging products.


6) Composes detailed presentations on project(s) progress. Leads discussions on project(s), and presents updates/reports to senior staff and customers.


7) Regularly meets with customers to assess their packaging needs, and designs projects to satisfy these needs/requirements.


Required Skills

BS/BA, preferably in a scientific discipline. Proficient with MS office software, including MSProject.

Ability to lift up to 30 lbs; Ability to work safely in the industrial laboratory environment, including working with industrial chemicals and manufacturing machines. Comfortable conversing/presenting in group settings with customers, team members, and upper management. Moderate travel (~1-2 trips per month) will be required for this position.

Required Experience

Minimum of 10 years experience in the packaging/converting industry.

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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