Title:  Research & Development Project Manager

Requisition ID:  4023

Louisville, CO, US, 80027

Department:  Research & Development
Travel:  Up to 50%

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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.


A World of Difference. Made Possible.



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.


JOB FUCTIONS: Job functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • 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.


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


  • Leads R&D activities into creating further enhancements of GPl's packaging formats and combinations thereof.


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


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


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


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



  • BS/BA, preferably in a scientific discipline.


  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in packaging/converting industry.


  • Proficient with MS office software, including MS Project.
  • 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.


Salary Min:   $117,920.00

Salary Mid:   $157,190.00

Salary Max:  $196,460.00


GPI’s Benefit Program

  • Competitive Pay
  • 401(k) w/employer matching
  • Health & Welfare Benefits
    • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage
    • Short and Long-Term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
    • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
  • Various Voluntary benefits
  • Adoption Assistance Program
  • Employee Discount Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off + 11 paid company holidays each year


Applicants will be accepted on an ongoing basis and there is no deadline.


This role is incentive plan eligible.  Additional information will be shared during the hiring process. Each candidate’s compensation offer will be based on multiple factors including, but not limited to, knowledge, skills, past experience, job duties, geography, and business need, among other things.


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 Poster, EEO is the Law.


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