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Title:  Senior Plastics Engineer

Requisition ID:  14765-159

Menomonee Falls, WI, US, 53051

Category:  Engineering and Technical Services
Travel:  Up to 50%

The purpose of this position is to support Menomonee Falls Engineering in its mission of providing value added engineering services. The key customers served are the Americas Converting Business and other internal engineering, marketing, and manufacturing groups, as well as direct support for critical external customers as projects require.  Outputs include project management, existing process optimization, new process and materials development, supplier qualification, and commercialization of new products. Additional outputs will include manufacturing and quality support for existing equipment and products, supporting new plastic product design development, and competitive benchmarking efforts. They understand and align business operations and Engineering as they execute their role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial, and operational objectives.

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

  • Must work within and adhere to the company’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships and Teamwork
  • Lead large capital projects for the startup new plastics processing equipment and tooling within manufacturing locations.
  • Implement and evaluate changes to existing plastics processes designed to improve product quality, productivity, and overall equipment efficiency.
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts to improve quality, productivity, and cost reduction.
  • Use Design of Experiments (DOE), Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA), and other engineering tools to identify root causes when solving problems.
  • Lead New Product Development plastics efforts from pilot trials through commercialization.
  • Identify and lead qualification efforts for new equipment suppliers, tooling suppliers, and raw material suppliers (resin, additives).
  • Support production facility efforts to develop and implement universal standards and best practices.
  • Deliver results within the prescribed development and engineering budgets, scopes, and timelines and GPI safety guidelines.
  • Facilitate, encourage, promote, and engage in teamwork activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 10 years relevant experience in plastics process engineering. Extrusion and Thermoforming of thin-gauge Polypropylene, PET, HIPS, PLA, and other biopolymers preferred.
  • Experience managing several large capital projects concurrently.
  • Experience working directly with suppliers, manufacturing facilities, and customers from project start to finish.
  • Experience working hand-in-hand with production personnel and directly working hands-on with plastics processing equipment.
  • Six Sigma Certification strongly preferred.


  • Bachelor of Science degree required. Focus in core mechanical engineering concepts including thermodynamics, heat transfer, and mechanics of materials strongly preferred. Post-graduate course work in a STEM field including polymer sciences a plus


  • Must have demonstrated analytical skills and technical report writing.
  • Use of statistical analysis software tools.
  • Proficient use of CAD systems to evaluate tooling designs and machine layouts.
  • Must have demonstrated methodical root cause focused problem-solving abilities.
  • Must have demonstrated oral and written communication and organizational skills, including presenting to senior leadership.
  • Must have the ability to be self-directed and manage priorities.
  • Must be able to work in a professional team environment.


  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules in special situations which may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.
  • Up to 50% travel to manufacturing facilities, suppliers, and customers to include flying, driving, riding or by rail. Usual travel is inconsistent and depends on specifics of immediate projects. Usual opportunity to be home for weekends during travel assignments.


  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 12-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • Reading computer screens or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office, hand, and electrical tools or equipment.


  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Drive for Results
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Learning

Required Experience

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 EEO is the Law Poster.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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