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Title:  Superintendent - Paper Department

Requisition ID:  19219-159

Texarkana, TX, US, 75572

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

Role Summary

The Superintendent, Paper Machine is a member of the Paper Department’s management team that is responsible for providing overall leadership, operational strategies, and ensuring excellent safety performance.  This role ensures the safe and efficient operations of all activities on a paper machine within the Paper Department as part of an integrated mill.  This role reports to the Paper Manufacturing Manager.


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

  • Utilize and refine standard work systems to effect sustainable positive results in safety, environmental, people, quality, cost, and performance
  • Demonstrate safety as a core value by creating a safe work environment
  • Lead safety systems and processes that support achieving our continually improving annual goals
  • Ensure efficient operation of paper machine and/or extruder machine
  • Develop and implement quality strategies ensuring compliance with customer specifications
  • Develop leadership reports through mentorship and proven leadership and accountability methods
  • Collaborates with all levels of management personnel to establish production and quality control standards, develop budgets and cost controls to help ensure long term sustainability
  • 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
  • Implement and manage improvement strategies designed to: include all other production areas, increase customer satisfaction, increase yield and operating efficiency, reduce cost, and improve reliability.
  • Enforce strict safety standards and practices. Be aware of existing safety hazards and make every feasible attempt to correct these hazards
  • Collaborate with Mill Leadership, Maintenance, Quality, Shipping and area leadership assuring alignment with meeting quality standards and operational efficiencies
  • Determine capital needs of area and develop and oversee area capital improvement projects
  • Provide input on capital projects and strategic improvement plans for all other Mill areas
  • Ensure communication of business strategy, goals, and initiatives to mill and area leadership
  • Manages continuous improvement projects for area of responsibility
  • Coordinates with maintenance to prioritize maintenance and outage needs
  • Coordinates predictive and preventative maintenance activities establishing long-term sustainability for equipment
  • Develop and execute strategic plans to increase overall area efficiency
  • Reviews and analyzes production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications, and operating or production problems
  • Develops strategy to ensure operational efficiencies, standard operating methods and procedures designed to eliminate throughput issues and improve product quality
  • Maintain effective communications and working relationships with Operations Departments, Suppliers, Maintenance, Safety, IT, Environmental, Human Resources, Engineering, and Purchasing
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills

Required Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Paper Science or related field with five years of operations experience within the paper industry including five (5) years of progressive leadership roles


  • Ten plus years of progressive and practical paper making experience including five (5) years of progressive paper machine supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Proven strong strategic planning and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting skills of the paper making process
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic priorities to meet short and long-term objectives
  • Proven ability to lead by example 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
  • Knowledge Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma
  • Kepner Tregoe or other problem analysis tools

Required Experience

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

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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

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