Title:  Early Career - Manufacturing/ Operations/ Engineering Leadership Development Program

Requisition ID:  2632

Mississauga, ON, CA, L5S 1L9

Department:  Engineering
Travel:  Up to 50%

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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.

A World of Difference. Made Possible.


Location: Mississauga, ON 


Starting your career? Make sure you’re considering your strongest options.

While you might not know GPI by name, you’re certainly familiar with our work. In fact, chances are our products are in your pantry right now.


If you read the smaller print, you’ll find a quiet powerhouse of a company, stealthily revolutionizing an industry, producing the essentials that fuel our country, and growing quicker than you might expect.


This opportunity in the Printing and Packaging industry is based at our Mississauga facility, a short drive from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Mississauga facility is a full cycle sheet fed manufacturing plant. The successful candidate will also have exposure to a web fed facility during this assignment.



Through Graphic Packaging’s full-time 12-month training program you will:

  • Rotate through different parts of a paper mill or carton plant.
  • Follow a learning curriculum and complete assessments designed to develop operations skills, provide fast-track industry experience, and teach “hands-on” operations processes and strategies
  • Develop relationships with senior leadership: you are paired with a leader sponsor, peer mentor and onsite manager
  • Network with other members of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) and alumni of the program
  • Lead a variety of projects that impact key business initiatives – sometimes individual projects, and sometimes leading or working with a team
  • Participate in a four-part learning experience called “Chip2Ship” that takes you through the entire production process starting with the wood chips all the way to shipping out the final product.

After successful completion of the program, you will graduate and join the company as a LDP Alumni where you will move immediately into an operations development plan that is aligned with business needs and your career goals.


Relocation is a threshold requirement, and we provide relocation assistance to support you. We operate throughout North America and are looking for future leaders to support our operations.




  • Your prior experiences must demonstrate initiative, intellectual curiosity, strong problem-solving skills, an affinity for working in a manufacturing /operations environment, and working well in a team.
  • Prior experience may include internships, co-op assignments, summer jobs, and volunteer work, leadership roles in student or college-affiliated organizations, full-time or part-time positions.
  • Prior full-time experience in engineering is considered but not required.




  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical), Pulp and Paper Science, Packaging, Operations Management, or related degree required


  • Generally, your schedule is a shift assignment, and we make efforts to schedule you during daylight hours; however, engineering in manufacturing is a shift-driven operation. You are willing to work alternate schedules as assigned when it gets the job done. This could be early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.
  • You will occasionally have overnight travel that could include flying or driving


  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.



Accommodations are available during all phases of the recruitment process.

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. We are pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Should you accept this employment letter of offer, and should you require accommodation at any time, please advise Human Resources