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Title:  Operations Manager

Requisition ID:  17339-159

Lumberton, NC, US, 28358

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

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 17,000 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


Inspired Packaging.  A World of Difference.


OPPORTUNITY: OPPORTUNITY: We are a folding carton manufacturing operation seeking managerial candidates to join our team as an Operations Manager.  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.   




Under general guidance, plans, directs and manages production operations of multiple departments to achieve operating goals and objectives consistent with Plant and Division objectives. Supports and assists Plant Manager in daily operations of facilities.

Job Functions:

  • Develops, recommends, and implements operating policies and ensures the application of such policies.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with all departments of the plant in establishing and carrying out responsibilities.
  • Manages employees by establishing performance goals, allocating resources, and assessing performance.
  • Provides leadership directed at continuous improvement in safety, quality, and productivity.
  • Provides leadership and direction to production management and employees to continuously improve quality, reduce waste and increase throughput.
  • Assists and supports plant manager in all aspects.
  • Drive the LEAN Sigma process throughout the facility, improving organization, housekeeping, and inventory levels of raw materials and finished goods.
  • Serve as the Plant Champion focusing efforts on continual improvement and process change.
  • Drive overall plant performance and compliance with quality standards. 


Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field; MBA preferred and 5-8 years of management/leadership experience in a folding carton packaging industry or similar manufacturing environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Foresight, creativity, sense of urgency, and good organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Technical and problem solving skills.
  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate people.
  • Must be quality conscious and customer oriented.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Internet skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate process improvement teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgets and financial statements.
  • Experience with managing a non-union environment.

Essential Job Functions include the following:

  • PPE is required and must be worn at all times: Hearing Protection, Safety Glasses, Safety Shoes 
  • Must be able to work 8 or 12 hours shifts on day or night shifts as needed. Occasional overtime is required.
  • The plant operates on a continuous operating schedule. Candidate must be able to work weekdays and weekends as the schedule demands.
  • No travel is required unless training is offered
  • Occasional physical effort involving continuous or prolonged standing, bending, word processing, etc.
  • Conditions frequently involve noise, fumes, and hazardous chemicals.
  • {Physical demands (bending, sitting, lifting, driving, being able to concentrate)}
    • Prolonged bending, lifting, and standing with frequent climbing of stairs
    • Must be able to occasional lift 20-40 pounds
  • Working environment consists of both office work and production floor environment to include temperatures over 80 degrees F and excessive noise levels




  • 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

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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