Title:  Plant Manager

Requisition ID:  20683-159

St. Paul, MN, US, 55107

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

The Plant Manager is responsible for planning, directing and managing a manufacturing value stream of approximately $30M or more in sales to achieve operating goals and objectives consistent with plant and division objectives. The Plant Manager is responsible for the direction and control of ongoing operations of all Departments and directs the operation to meet the total business plan from order to delivery inclusive of procurement of raw materials, scheduling, manufacturing, shipment, and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the Plant Manager’s responsibilities also include managing all technical issues including capital and expense projects, preventative maintenance, building maintenance, EHS compliance, quality, and food safety of manufactured product, while ensuring compliance with Lean and Six Sigma efforts.


  • Provides leadership and direction to all plant personnel
  • Directs and organizes all plant departments to ensure adequate supply of high quality and food safe products, implements quality manufacturing processes and control programs to meet or exceed customer specifications.
  • Ensures a safe environment for all employees and visitors by developing and implementing a comprehensive safety and emergency response program, effective training of all employees, and compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
  • Implements annual operating plans and ensures timely resolution of deviations from plan to meet the financial objectives of the plant.
  • Responsible for developing effective plant operations, optimizes production schedules, continually improves production efficiencies, scrap rates and product quality and food safety throughout the operation and supports Lean and Six Sigma projects.
  • Follow all procedures related to producing Safe Quality Foods (SQF).
  • Report any potentially unsafe SQF conditions or customer complaints to a person of authority to record and/or correct the situation.
  • Directly involved in responsibilities/actions related to Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs.
  • Establish group and individual accountabilities through annual goal planning and performance reviews.
  • Drive and implement high performance management practices, including Lean Sigma, daily management processes and other related programs
  • Contributes to the overall growth and development of the company through effective communications with various teams and technical groups and provides manufacturing expertise for the successful development of new products and processes.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the value stream assets are appropriately maintained through planning and implementation of maintenance programs and procedures, including preventative maintenance and reliability programs.     
  • Promotes positive employee relations inside and outside the plant by ensuring consistent application of company policies, provides leadership to managers and supervisors.
  • 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

  • Ability to build high performing and collaborative teams
  • Technical and problem-solving skills
  • 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
  • Ability and desire to relocate within 2-3 years is preferred for this position.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, Master’s Degree a plus
  • 5 - 7 years of operational management experience in the packaging industry
  • Proven leadership ability in manufacturing sites
  • Strong business acumen and operations – based financial analysis skills

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. 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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

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