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Title:  Sr. Project Engineer

Requisition ID:  12785-159

Macon, GA, US, 31206

Category:  Engineering and Technical Services
Travel:  No Travel Required



The project engineer works within the Engineering Department and is assigned to one of the three major operating departments (Paper Machines, Pulp Mill, Utilities). Works with operations, maintenance and process control to develop and prioritize the department capital project list. Manages all aspects of projects, including schedule, budget, and effectiveness, from original scope definition through specification, design, installation, and start-up.

Required Skills



  • Promote a safe working environment in all interactions with mill personnel and contractors. Manage projects to insure that implementation is achieved safely. Ensure that projects take safety into account in their design for both operations and maintenance activities. Promote the use of Pro Cards by contractors for hazard recognition and proper adherence to mill safety policies. Make regular safety contacts and conduct weekly safety audits to encourage contractors and mill personnel to engage in safe behaviors.
  • Projects shall be managed and installed in accordance with all relevant state and federal environmental regulations.
  • Work with operating, maintenance, and process control groups to develop a list of potential capital projects to be included in the mill capital plan. Assist operations in defining the scope of each project and perform preliminary economic evaluations as required for cost reduction, production increase, or quality improvement projects.
  • Utilize the operating department capital plan to develop detailed project definitions and scopes which will be used in the writing of Capital Appropriation Requests.
  • Estimate project costs and forecast quarterly outlays of funds for the successful completion of each project.
  • Work with vendors to size, specify, and obtain quotes for any, and all, equipment that may be required to fulfill the requirements of each project. Evaluate vendor equipment proposals from both economic and technical standpoints.
  • Work with and manage contractors and engineering consultants, as needed, to complete the design, installation, mill integration, commissioning, and start-up of each project.
  • Manage the budget of each project by writing requisitions for material and labor relevant to completion within the project scope. Any major revisions to the scope of a project will require the completion, and approval, of a supplemental Capital Appropriation Request.
  • Maintain the project schedule by monitoring project progress, coordinating activities, and removing or overcoming roadblocks.
  • Conduct regular project updates and review meetings with both operations and maintenance personnel. Periodically attend area MOPS meetings and outage meetings to provide updates on project activities.
  • Attend weekly engineering update meetings with the other department engineers to discuss project status.
  • Participate in all Macon Mill and department Annual Outage planning meetings to clearly communicate project timelines, and implementation strategies. All projects should fit within department outage windows and not impact shutdown or start-up times. Provide milestone timelines for all critical path and process intensive projects to be included in the Macon Mill Annual Outage Book. Attend all department meetings during the Annual Outage to provide updates on project progress.
  • Maintain project data including manuals, drawings, specifications, scope documents, calculations, reports, etc. and publish to the appropriate project folder on the network. Additionally, file drawings, manuals, and other relevant project documentation in the engineering archives upon completion of the project.
  • Provide project documentation to operations for their use in developing training packages for operators. Information should be provided in a timely manner to allow for proper training of operators prior to commissioning and start-up.
  • Provide lists of recommended spare parts to the appropriate area Reliability Engineer for the proper setup of needed items in the storeroom. Provide manuals and equipment specific information for the creation or modification of Functional Locations, Bills of Materials (BOMs), and Preventive Maintenance (PM) schedules in SAP.

    Required Experience


  • Background in project management in a paper mill environment. Minimum of five years of relevant capital project management experience.
  • Practical (hands-on) experience working in a Plant / Manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology, Mechanical or Chemical preferred.
  • Multi-tasking skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines on a continuous basis.
  • Practical (hands-on) technical skill and ability in Mechanical / Electrical Engineering functions.
  • Effective negotiation experience with Vendors, Suppliers, Contractors, Internal Resources, etc.
  • Strong design and system troubleshooting skills required.
  • Working knowledge of SAP system preferred.
  • Good verbal/written communication skills.
  • Leadership skills and ability to lead in a fast-paced environment. 


    EOE M/F/D/V

    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.

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