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Title:  Plant Manager

Requisition ID:  14032-159

Tuscaloosa, AL, US, 35401

Category:  Manufacturing Management
Travel:  No Travel Required

The Plant Manager is responsible for direction and control of ongoing operations of all departments.  Directs the operations to meet the total business plan from procurement of raw materials to customers and scheduling through manufacturing to final shipment.  Responsibilities also include managing all technical issues including capital and expense projects, preventative maintenance, building maintenance, EPA and safety, and most important, quality of manufactured product.  They must initiate and support all processes while ensuring compliance with Six Sigma/LEAN efforts.

Job Functions:

  • Manage and direct the activities of department managers, plant engineering, and HR staff by developing and reviewing operating plans, establishing objectives to ensure productivity, quality, cost control, and scheduling goals.
  • Coordinates plant and division/corporate resources to resolve material, process, and production problems in the plant.
  • Partners with the Health, Safety & Environmental Manager to ensure 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 complies with all federal, state and local laws.
  • Ensures developing and implementing annual operating plans and timely resolution of deviation from budget to meet financial objectives of the plant.
  • Directs and organizes all plant departments to ensure adequate supply of high quality products, implements quality manufacturing processes and control programs to meet or exceed customer specifications.
  • Responsible for developing effective plant operations, optimizes production schedules, continually improves production efficiencies, scrap rates and product quality throughout the operation and supports the six sigma/LEAN process.
  • Provides leadership and direction to all Plant personnel
  • Contributes to the overall growth and development of the company through effective communications with sales and technical groups and provides manufacturing expertise to the successful development of new products and processes.
  • Promotes positive labor relations inside and outside the plant by ensuring consistent application of company policies, provides leadership to managers and supervisors.
  • Responsible for compliance with all facility food safety, food defense, and quality policies and procedures including product safety (GMPs)/Sanitation policies and procedures. Employee must continually work to promote the orderliness and cleanliness of their work area in support of AIB/5S and other company standards.
  • Must be supportive of GPI’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values (Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork).
  • Must be supportive and involved in GPI efforts for LEAN, 5S, Six Sigma and other Continuous Improvement programs and processes.
  • Quality Mode Element Onwer for Operational Strategy.
  • Provides all employees the ability and responsibility to stop any process that is not meeting customer quality requirements.
  • Provides all employees the ability and responsibility to stop any process that is not meeting food safety requirements.
  • Ensures that Management will provide the resources required to implement and manage the SQF system.
  • Actively engages employees in understanding and aligning activities to achieve strategic objectives.

Required Skills

  • Superior management/leadership skills
  • Foresight, creativity, sense of urgency, and good organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field; MBA preferred.
  • Must have eight or more years’ experience in a folding carton packaging industry or similar manufacturing environment or equivalent combination of education and 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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