Title:  Dir., Operations I

Requisition ID:  64892

Mississauga, ON, CA, L5S 1L9

Category:  Production, Manufacturing & Skilled Trades
Travel:  Up to 50%

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 searching for a results-oriented Director of Operations to drive efficiency and innovation for our assigned plants in our Canadian Division. This position sits as a member of the senior leadership team. In this critical role, the successful candidate will improve all aspects of manufacturing with respect to safety, quality, continuous improvement, production management, and development of manufacturing talent and teams. The ideal candidate will provide hands-on oversight of operations and set the overall strategic direction of Graphic Packaging International’s sheet fed and web manufacturing operations. Establish world class manufacturing discipline to production functions through strategic and operational innovation to support business needs.


  • Directs Plant/ Production Managers at each plant location to drive plant performance to exceed safety, quality and efficiency metrics.
  • Maintains operating costs within budget.
  • Directs Plant Managers by communicating job expectations, planning, monitoring, and appraising results.
  • Ensures operational readiness of equipment through proper maintenance management programs.
  • Ensures all manufacturing operations comply with safety, quality, and GPI requirements.
  • Coordinates with the cross-functional business team to identify and implement the enhancements to products and systems to maximize profitability and product quality goals.
  • Supports succession planning by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training Plant Managers and other critical positions.
  • Manages headcount consistent with plant operating budget.
  • Drives overall strategy to maximize profitability and cost containment.
  • Travel will be required.
  • Ensures financial objectives of the plant are met through development and implementation of annual operating plans and timely resolution of deviation from plan.
  • Directs the development and implementation of cost control programs to ensure the plants are competitive within the industry. Maintains plant spoilage program within budget in conjunction with the Continuous Improvement and production department managers.
  • Coordinates plant and corporate resources to resolve material, process, and production problems in the plant.
  • Leads and coordinates capital investment strategies.

This is a summary of the key responsibilities of this position. The Company reserves the right to require the role-holder to undertake such additional tasks or duties as may be within their capabilities and abide by all reasonable rules and instruction given by the Company.




  • Safety focused leadership.
  • Excellent problem solving, and reasoning skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills needed, including coaching, team building and training skills. Ability to effectively present information to all levels of the company; plant floor to executive leadership.
  • Strong attention to detail and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Good computer skills required.
  • Ability to utilize technology to enhance the growth/performance of the organization.
  • Proven leader able to quickly build rapport and credibility with staff to communicate vision and obtain buy-in for pursuit of manufacturing goals.
  • Demonstrable and successful track record of commitment to continuous manufacturing process improvement and high-performance operations.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of manufacturing experience in the corrugated, folding carton or paper manufacturing industry.
  • Minimum of 10 years directing multiple manufacturing sites.
  • Previous experience in supervision of teams, managing manufacturing processes, production planning, strategic planning, dealing with complexity in carton manufacturing.
  • Prior experience in LEAN manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrated financial management, analytical and budgeting skills.
  • Bilingual French and English is an asset.


Accommodations are available during all phases of the recruitment process

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