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Title:  Plant Manager

Requisition ID:  11158-159

Solon, OH, US, 44139

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  Up to 25%
Pay Grade:  98

We are seeking candidates to join our company as a Plant Manager of the Solon, OH converting plant. We offer outstanding opportunities for our employees to advance their careers through on the job training and job progression. These are skilled trade positions where our employees build successful careers in the Printing & Packaging industry.


We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation, Sick & Holidays, optional Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, health spending accounts as well as 401(k) with matching funds. Employees may voluntarily elect Pet Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance Programs, Purchasing Power, Tuition Reimbursement, Aflac, Lifelock Identity Protection, and Hyatt Legal Services. Tobacco Cessation and Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available


JOB SUMMARY: The Plant Manager is responsible for leading and managing a manufacturing facility of typically 200 employees to achieve safety, quality, service and productivity targets and expectations. The facility expects to generate approximately $80mm in revenue 2021. The plant produces 140mm folded cartons annually from print through gluing processes. Building effective working partnerships with sales, sales & operations support, the incumbent balances customer needs with optimizing operational effectiveness. The Plant Manager is responsible for implementing manufacturing policies and programs that maintain and improve the company’s competitive position and profitability of the operation.


Job functions include but are not limited to the following.

Strategic Initiatives – EBITDA and Cash Targets

· Improve productivity and decrease waste through the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and projects.

· Increase labor efficiency and utilization, including staffing and overtime.

· Optimize inventory turns and reduce aged board inventory to meet cash targets.

· Other duties as assigned.


Growth Initiatives – Annual Revenue

· Execute Voice of Customer initiatives at the facility level.

· Achieve on-time delivery targets.

· Drive successful onboarding of new and transfer business.

· Ensure that customer specifications are consistently met or exceeded.

· Other duties as assigned.


Operational Effectiveness

· Meet or exceed standards for environmental, safety, working conditions and cleanliness through daily oversight and direction of management team.

· Develop and implement processes and procedures to continually improve quality and reduce customer complaints.

· Direct management team to ensure productivity targets are monitored and achieved across all facility assets.

· Ensure facility assets are appropriately maintained through planning and implementation of maintenance programs and procedures, including preventative maintenance and reliability programs.

· Manage overall spending against budget and in relation to changes in production volume.

· Manage facility maintenance budget within parameters.

· Provide local support and coordination on facility capital projects.

· Other duties as assigned.


Organizational Effectiveness

· Drive and implement high performance management practices, including Lean Sigma, daily management processes and other related programs.

· Partner with HR function to hire, train and evaluate team members. Assess performance and take corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with company policy. Ensure compliance with current federal, state and local employment regulations.

· Establish group and individual accountabilities through annual goal planning and performance reviews.

· Develop talent through assignments, job rotations, promotions to build bench strength and succession planning.

· Drive a change in culture to improve employee involvement initiatives and practices. Build, improve and maintain a productive and engaged relationship with hourly associates.

· Other duties as assigned.

· Drive a change in culture to address supervisor and manager motivation to enhance leadership impact across all shifts of the operation

· Drive a change in culture to address supervisor and manager motivation to enhance employee response and adherence to COVID protocols


Labor Relations

· Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationship with local Union

· Interpret Collective Bargaining Agreement language consistently and with alignment to GPI core values

· Ensure direct reports understand CBA language and manage resources within the scope and intent of the language

· Participate with collective bargaining negotiations including advising on key issues affecting plant operations for changes or additions to contract language.

· Act as ultimate decisionmaker on termination actions that could impact company exposure

Required Skills


· 7–10 years of operational management experience in the packaging industry.

· Technical and problem-solving skills.

· Labor Relations experience managing in a union environment

· Demonstrated ability to facilitate process improvement teams.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate vision/mission.

· Strong interpersonal skills, ability to motivate people.

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Internet skills.

· Lean Manufacturing experience a plus.



· Four-year degree preferred

· Compensatory closely related work experience required in lieu of degree.

· Master’s Degree a plus.

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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