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Title:  Production Manager

Requisition ID:  18437-159

Lowell, MA, US, 08153

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

We are seeking candidates to join our company as a Production Manager. We offer outstanding opportunities for our employees to advance their careers through on the job training and job progression.  These are skilled trade positions where our employees build successful careers in the Printing & Packaging industry. 


We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation, Sick & Holidays, optional Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, health spending accounts as well as 401(k) with matching funds. Employees may voluntarily elect Pet Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance Programs, Purchasing Power, Tuition Reimbursement, Aflac, Lifelock Identity Protection, and Hyatt Legal Services. Tobacco Cessation and Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.


JOB SUMMARY: The Production Manager is responsible for the safety, employee engagement, productivity and quality associated with multiple manufacturing and support functions within a multi-shift manufacturing facility. He/she is responsible for overall planning, assigning and directing the work of a Production management team. He/she is responsible for ensuring his/her teams remains focused on key performance indicators (Safety, Quality, and Productivity), optimizing production equipment to produce a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations. He/she is responsible for understanding and aligning business operations and manufacturing operations as he/she executes his/her role in alignment with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives. Act consistently with our Core Values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork.


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

  • Direct management responsibility for Managers and Production Supervision team.
  • Ensure production aligns with the requirements of sales, quality, and customer service
  • Understand product requirements, then establish manufacturing standards, methods, policies and procedures, and manpower levels needed to obtain those requirements
  • Organize the plant’s operations function to achieve business results, assigning responsibilities, as necessary
  • Effectively manage the entire plant’s operations and ensure execution of production plan by establishing priorities, scheduling activities and monitoring progress, revising schedules, and resolving problems
  • Ensure achievement of safety goals through developing and supporting a culture of following defined safety procedures, encouraging involvement, following up on safety concerns, and modeling proper safe behaviors. Partner directly with HSE, as needed, to ensure adherence to safety and environmental standards
  • Ensure desired level of employee engagement. This includes developing and supporting a culture of listening and responding to employee issues, taking decisive actions, recognizing excellent performance, and holding employees accountable for undesirable behaviors
  • Ensure achievement of quality goals, ensuring employees are properly trained on quality standards, and following proper quality procedures. Partner directly with QA to ensure adherence to customer quality standards
  • Ensure achievement of productivity goals by establishing and communicating clear objectives, providing requisite resources to direct reports, engaging the workforce and setting appropriate priorities / monitoring progress
  • Incorporate and foster continuous improvement by developing metrics, determining root cause of non-conformity with formulations or production planning; identifying corrective measures to reduce waste (time and materials) in the plant; recommending preventative maintenance requirements to guarantee safe and efficient operation of equipment.
  • Proactively identify, develop, recommend, and implement operating policies and ensure the application of such policies.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with all departments of the plant, vendors, suppliers in establishing and carrying out all responsibilities.
  • Effectively communicate both up and down the organization on key issues (e.g. performance reviews, 1-on-1’s, safety meetings, overtime plans, monthly business results, etc.)
  • Maintain staff performance expectations through coaching, counseling and discipline; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Administer, communicate and interpret work procedures and company policies.
  • Provides direct reports with guidance in handling difficult or complex problems and in resolving issues.
  • Share in the obligation to protect and strengthen Graphic Packaging International’s good reputation in our relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, investors, and governmental agencies, and to act consistently with our core values: Integrity, Respect,
  • Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Manufacturing experience required.
  • Experience operating hand jacks, electric pallet jacks and forklifts and clamp trucks preferred.
  • Leadership skills – ability to motivate people to perform at high levels.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must have excellent attendance, be able to work independently and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or equivalent experience in a converting facility is required.
  • Experience and knowledge of roll stock cutting machines, printing presses, die cutting machines, and straight-line gluers is preferred.



  • LANGUAGE SKILLS - Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.


  • MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


  • REASONING ABILITY - Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • COMPUTER/OFFICE EQUIPMENT SKILLS - SAP, MS Office and database programs; requires use of all general office equipment (e.g. fax, copier, telephone, etc.).


  • CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS - Company issued Fork Truck Operator’s License; Company issued Clamp Truck Operator’s License.





  • 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.
  • Must be willing to work a rotating shift, as the business needs dictate.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.



  • Standing occasionally and walking and sitting frequently, depending on changing job assignment, for extended periods.
  • Awkward and/or repetitive movements.
  • Ability to climb, twist neck and back, and finger frequently (34-66% of the time).
  • Ability to balance, stoop, bend, squat, twist, handle, feel, reach above shoulder and at or below shoulder, reach over 18”, reach to the floor, kneel and drive occasionally (1-33% of the time).
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs. occasionally (1-33% of the time).
  • Requires use of both feet on an occasional basis for walking, climbing stairs, and possibly ladders.
  • Requires use of both hands for simple grasping (frequently) and pushing/pulling (occasionally) for purposes of going through production reports, holding a clipboard, and inspecting equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to read, write, hear, see, speak and have agility on a continuous basis.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various hand and electrical tools and equipment.
  • Work in areas of fluctuating temperature and loud noises.
  • PPE required: Steel-toed/safety footwear, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Cut resistant Safety Gloves, Hair Net, Beard Net.




  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Lives the Core Values

Required Experience

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.

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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