Title:  Continuous Improvement Sr Manager

Requisition ID:  1091

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  Up to 25%

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.


Process and data-driven Manager to serve as a continuous improvement change agent and coach for the Plant leadership team on effective deployment, execution and sustainment of lean tools and processes.

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

  • Provides internal coaching to site leadership teams on improvements on OEE/Site Capacity and Cost optimization. Strong skills in clearly communicating the why (intent) and the how (execution)
  • Drive productivity and efficiency gains through the reduction of Machine and Material losses to contribute to yearly cost optimization, productivity and critical OEE goals using Lean tools and processes
  • Responsible to champion a culture of empowerment and rigor through GPS (Graphic Production System) governance and measures at all levels through operational reviews.
  • Track/understand GPS impact on the business priorities (results connected with business e.g., Operational Excellence (OPEX) savings triggered by problem-solving activities) and achievements of GPS (e.g., individual/team success stories) to identify potential adjustments / improvements to be implemented
  • Deliver appropriate training and coaching to transfer lean knowledge to plant leaders.
  • Coach and mentor plant leads on GPS strategy & implementation, best practices, and the role of a Leader in a GPS environment
  • Benchmark internally and externally. Be familiar with and drive the organization toward standards that exceed recognized industry best practices.
  • Guide and Coach Site Operations Specialists
  • Lead a team of direct reports to achieve Operational Excellence
  • Build and maintain strong customer relationships, effectively and expeditiously responding to needs and concerns; Initiate customer visits to proactively align on fitness for use opportunities and execution.
  • Communicate quality results, concerns and coordinate the resolution of high-profile quality issues by partnering with plant operations.
  • Provide QA system related problem solving, process improvement and analytical support to plant operations, on an as needed basis.
  • Serve as backup for QA Manager in times of absence.



  • Bachelor’s degree (Engineering, Science or related field) strongly preferred. Extensive related work experience required in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility, working in manufacturing or a related industry in an plant operations or continuous improvement management role.
  • Six Sigma certification and/or TPM demonstrated mastery.
  • Strong capabilities and practical application of TPM Education & Training Systems, and tools as well as Daily Management System.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite.
  • Strong strategic, analytical problem-solving orientation (TCC/Trouble Cause Correction).
  • Project management experience. 
  • Experience successfully leading project teams and departments.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills; ability to motivate and lead a team, including train, coach, mentor, and counsel.
  • Strong safety and product quality orientation.
  • Ability to work independently, in partnership with others, and across departments and functions, to achieve goals.
  • Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position, with or without accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Decatur