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Title:  Continuous Improvement Manager

Requisition ID:  16718-159
Location: 

Lumberton, NC, US, 28358

Category:  Quality and Continuous Improvement
Travel:  Negligible

About Graphic Packaging International:  Graphic Packaging International, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), is committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a leading global provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products for food, beverage, foodservice and other consumer products companies. We are one of the largest producers of folding cartons and hold a leading market position in solid bleached sulfate, coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled paperboard. Graphic Packaging’s customers include some of the most widely- recognized companies in the world.

 

We achieve our vision by delivering value to our customers, building a high-performance culture for our employees and creating superior returns for our shareholders. We strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate.

 

Graphic Packaging has approximately 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefit programs that are among the best in the industry to reward the talented people who make our company successful. We invite you to review the following employment opportunity and to learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

 

Inspired Packaging.  A World of Difference.

 

OPPORTUNITY: We are a folding carton manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Continuous Improvement Department as a CI and Quality Manager.  We offer outstanding opportunities for our employees to advance their careers through on the job training and job progression.  We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation & 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.   

 

MISSION / SUMMARY:

Direct the Quality and Continuous Improvement Process for the GPI facility.  This involves the development, implementation and preservation of the validity of the Quality System, the proper allocation of available capital to equipment and processes which move the business forward and the identification of personnel training requirements relative to new equipment and processes.  The major objective is to improve the people and processes to remove cost from the system and to improve our product quality so that we are more competitive in the marketplace and our business grows.

 

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

 

  • Responsibility for improving site quality performance by effectively reducing waste from the system.
  • Meet and maintain all divisional Quality Process Management objectives as established by GPI.
  • Direct the activities, duties, and projects of the QC and Lab Technicians to assure compliance to customer specifications.
  • Serve as the plant’s contact for customer complaints and customer compliance audits. Maintain reporting systems for internal and external complaints within SAP in accordance with GPI requirements.
  • Direct the development of SPC in both production and QC areas necessary to maintain a level of process control that meets or exceeds customer expectations.
  • Execute and manage CI initiatives including Six Sigma, Process Improvement, and Lean projects. Track and report all financial validated savings through the GPI Project Tracking Database.
  • Communicate plant quality expectations and monitor performance relative to the objectives in a timely and effective manner.
  • Actively solicit input from all employees to aid in successfully accomplishing the above listed actions.   
  • Shared responsibility for compliance with all facility product safety (GMP’s)/Sanitation policies and procedures. Must continually work to promote the orderliness and cleanliness of their work area in support of companywide product stewardship standards.
  • Must be supportive of GPI’s Mission, Vision and Core Values (Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork).
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

BACKGROUND / EXPERIENCE:

 

  • Six (6) years experience in Quality Management, Engineering Management, Production Management and/or Project Management in a manufacturing environment.
  • Must be a certified Six Sigma Black Belt or attain certification as part of selection for this position.
  • Participates in Six Sigma projects as necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, plan, track, execute and document multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, develop, implement and document systems for maintenance and control of products and processes.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office or similar word processing, MINITAB, SHAREPOINT, spreadsheet and communications software.
  • The incumbent will be exposed to the shop floor environment on a daily basis but, the majority of work is done in an office environment.
  • The incumbent must demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills.
  • The incumbent must exhibit ability and a desire to make reasoned decisions on actions to be taken, based upon his/her knowledge and experience, with less than complete information on the current situation.
  • The incumbent must take a strong position on well reasoned convictions, be uncompromising in the quest for quality of output whether it is a product, a service or an activity and above all act at all times in accordance with high principles, ethics and a sense of purpose.
  • The incumbent must be action oriented and rise to meet challenges quickly, sometimes with a minimum of planning.

 

LEADERSHIP SKILLS:

 

  • Action Oriented / Drive for Results
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Customer Focus
  • Functional / Technical Skills
  • Perseverance
  • Planning and Priority Setting
  • Problem Solving
  • Composure
  • Decision Quality
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Conflict Management
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Total Work Systems
  • Approachability
  • Managerial Courage
  • Intellectual Horsepower
  • Written Communication
  • Ethics and Values
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Process Management
  • Drive for Results

Required Experience

Job Requirements:

 

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent practical experience
    • (Minimum 2 year degree with 10 years of work experience in progressively more responsible positions)

 

Essential Functions:

 

  • This position is typically an 8-hour workday with occasional overtime and weekend work requirements.
  • Travel may be up to 30%.
  • Candidate must be able to lift 10-20 lbs occasionally in a production floor environment.
  • General office work with occasional bending lifting and standing
  • Must wear required PPE at all times to include hearing protection, safety shoes, and safety eyewear
  • Noise levels may exceed standard threshold limits necessitating the need for hearing protection.
  • The production floor temperature may exceed 90 degrees at times

  

The above job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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.




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 Poster, EEO is the Law.


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