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Title:  Mgr., Manufacturing - Pulp

Requisition ID:  12649-159
Location: 

Texarkana, TX, US, 75572

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

Role Summary

The Pulp Manufacturing Manager is the leader of the pulp and woodyard organizations at our fully integrated mill in Texarkana, TX.  The person in this role will be accountable for the safe and efficient operations of all woodyard, pulp, and fiber areas.  The Pulp Manufacturing Manager is responsible to ensure the compliance of all Process Safety Management (PSM) elements for multiple areas, including chlorine dioxide generation, methanol, and turpentine systems.  This role reports to the Pulp and Power Operations Manager.


Required Skills

Duties & Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the following):

  • Champions safety efforts and enforce safety standards and practices resulting in superior performance by creating and maintaining a safe work environment
  • Provides leadership and resources to support a high performance work group
  • Supports high performance work group concepts with the ability to lead change.
  • Develop and manage Leadership Team Members through mentorship, coaching and accountability methods.
  • Collaborates with all levels of management personnel to establish production and quality control standards for the Department
  • Manage all area production activities and establish area production priorities for products in keeping with effective operations and cost factors
  • Develop area budgets and manage costs within established budget and take ownership for financial performance of area
  • Establish Department goals and objectives, and steward performance management process consistent with company and mill direction
  • Understand and manage environmental impacts of production processes to ensure strict environmental compliance
  • Develop capital projects and strategic improvement plans for Department
  • Ensure there is effective communication of business strategy, goals, and initiatives to Department workforce
  • Manage compliance of Process Safety Management (PSM) elements for department, including chlorine dioxide generation, methanol, and turpentine systems.
  • Coordinates predictive and preventative maintenance activities with Maintenance Department establishing long-term sustainability for equipment
  • Ensures compliance of mechanical integrity programs including tank integrity, pressure vessels, safety relief devices and infrastructure
  • Maintain effective communications and working relationships with Operations Departments, Maintenance, Safety, IT, Environmental, Human Resources, Engineering, Purchasing and Suppliers assuring alignment with meeting quality standards and operational efficiencies
  • Reviews and analyzes production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications, and operating or production problems
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Implement and manage improvement strategies designed to: include all production areas, increase customer satisfaction, increase yield and operating efficiency, reduce cost, and improve reliability
  • Utilize and improve standard work systems to ensure a strong foundation for continuous improvement and work performance accountability

Required Experience

Required Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Paper Science or related field with ten (10) years operations experience within the paper industry including five (5) years in leadership roles
  • Demonstrated leadership skills combined with technical knowledge and operations experience in pulp and paper manufacturing processes, including digester operations, pulp screening, pulp washing, and bleaching processes
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Proven strong strategic planning and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting skills of the pulping process
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic priorities to meet short and long-term objectives
  • Proven ability to manage and mentor leadership staff
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change leading to improved performance over time
  • Strong organizational skills with the proven ability develop and implement changes necessitated by internal and external business conditions
  • Solid oral and written communication skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the operation of an integrated mill
  • Proficient at managing all levels of an operating area and interfacing with all levels of an organization
  • Possess an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, with a situational (servant, directive, collaborative) leadership approach to managing the team
  • Must be able to pass a background check, drug screening and reference check
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Proven experience with reliability and continuous improvement principles and techniques

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience within a unionized environment
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • Knowledge Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma
  • Experience and knowledge of Process Safety Management (PSM)






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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