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Title:  Quality Lab Technician

Requisition ID:  14756-159
Location: 

Solon, OH, US, 44139

Category:  Quality and Continuous Improvement
Travel:  Negligible

MISSION / SUMMARY:

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.

Graphic Packaging International Solon has an opening for a Lab Technician to support the daily operations of the QA Lab, Quality hold area, and quality control functions. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and understand core Lean concepts. The Lab Tech will complete accurate inspections, process audits, and quality testing at pre-defined frequencies on processes and cartons starting with set up through the shipping process. They are also responsible for analyzing the results of product testing and advise operations & other departments on disposition, possible corrective actions & preventive actions for non-conforming and out-of-specification products. In addition, the Lab Tech will operate various test equipment, including test ovens and gauges. Maintain 5S & SQF standards in the QA lab, and encourage 5S, GMP, SQF, & HACCP guidelines in manufacturing areas. Provides effective support to the CI department in the absence of the CI Manager.

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

Instructions: This portion should include Principal Duties and Responsibilities for a position.  Include only those current duties and responsibilities that account for 5% or more of the work.

  • Provide guidance to hourly employees on quality processes related to production activities.
  • Perform CTQ testing, use data, tests/trials, & experience to set priorities on where to focus time & effort.
  • Communicate with teammates and production employees on proceeding and succeeding shifts to establish process stability and to ensure a smooth transition between shifts.
  • Verifies the quality of product visual assessment and random inspection using specific testing tools and methods.
  • Verifies quality and process compliance through process audits and sends out Quality alerts for non-conforming products.
  • Maintains accurate records of all tests and inspections.
  • Assist operators with troubleshooting, quality checks, and identifying defects.
  • Utilize established ERP system for maintenance notifications, execute inventory transactions, and coordinate quality hold activities
  • Ensure hourly employees work safely by participating in daily Gemba audits, safety team, and random facility audits
  • Ensures plant’s compliance to 3rd party Functional Control / Pre-Requisite program requirements including: HACCP, SQF, and other customer-mandated programs.
  • Participates in safety and quality behavior-based observations.
  • Oversees all sort activities (establish sort standards, mentor, and monitor temporary employees, SAP entries, and housekeeping)
  • Performs customer and internal sampling requirements.
  • Participate in internal and external customer visits.
  • Manages Color standard and 1st run color materials process. Works directly with operators to achieve high-quality color material.
  • Manages quality lab (testing, calibrations, troubleshooting, housekeeping, and training).
  • Develops and maintains documents and SOPs as needed.
  • COA’s, EOM reporting, and Color Management.
  • Gathers data as requested for projects/troubleshooting, etc.
  • Gives the OK to sell when CI Manager is unavailable.
  • Administrates and manages internal statistical processing software for daily process insight and metric development.
  • Participates in the planning and execution of Lean-based and Continuous Improvement-related initiatives when required. Includes Kaizen planning, action item follow-up/resolution, and effective reporting on process and obstacles.
  • Shares an obligation to protect and strengthen Graphic Packaging International’s good reputation in our relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, investors, and governmental agencies, and to act consistently with our core values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork

Required Skills

EDUCATION / KNOWLEDGE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Technical or other related field required.
  • Lean Six sigma certification preferred.
  • Familiarity with AIB / HACCP / SQF compliance standards highly regarded
  • Familiarity with Food defense compliance standards
  • Technical savvy and skilled computer literacy when utilizing internal ERP system, internal statistical software (WinSPC and Minitab), or customer related database usage requirements
  • Visual Color Discrimination, the ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of colors.

SPECIFIC SKILLS:

  • Ability to maintain favorable employee morale
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment handling multiple tasks
  • Ability to effectively communicate to all levels within the organization
  • Ability to provide insight in capacity expansion needs assessments
  • Active Listening Skills – Ability to listen to what others are saying and then ask appropriate questions
  • Highly adaptive and critical thinking skills
  • Speaking Skills – Ability to talk to others and effectively convey information at all levels of the organization
  • Persuasion – Ability to persuade others to approach things differently
  • Troubleshooting utilizing appropriate tools and methods, particularly from the LSS body of knowledge
  • Technical writing skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to customer locations as needed for customer issues with a critical quality impact

SCHEDULE DEMANDS:

  • General schedule is night shift, however, employees must be willing to work alternate schedules that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Sitting, standing or walking for extended periods of time
  • Occasional lifting
  • Reading computer screens or other electronic devices
  • Use of various hand and electrical office equipment.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Actions consistent with GPI Core values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Teamwork & Relationships
  • Action Oriented

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.

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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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