Title:  Plant Manager

Requisition ID:  2636

Vancouver, WA, US, 98683

Department:  Manufacturing & Operations
Travel:  Up to 25%

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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.

A World of Difference. Made Possible.


Position Scope:

The Plant Manager is responsible for leading and managing a manufacturing facility with approximately 200 employees to achieve safety, quality, service and productivity targets and expectations.  The facility generates up to $75M annually and produces up to 40,000 tons of folding cartons across 4 printing presses and various converting equipment.  Through effective working partnerships with sales, sales & operations support, the incumbent balances customer needs with optimizing operational effectiveness.  The Plant Manager is responsible for implementing manufacturing policies and programs that maintain and improve the company’s competitive position and profitability of the operation.


Key Position Responsibilities: include but are not limited to the following:

Strategic Initiatives – EBITDA and Cash Targets

  • Improve productivity and decrease waste through the identification and implementation of  continuous improvement initiatives and projects 
  • Increase labor efficiency and utilization, including staffing and overtime
  • Optimize inventory turns and reduce aged board inventory to meet cash targets
  • Participate in Regional strategic initiatives as directed by leadership.


Growth Initiatives – Annual revenue

  • Execute Voice of Customer initiatives at the facility level
  • Achieve on-time delivery targets
  • Drive successful  onboarding of new and transfer business
  • Ensure that customer specifications are consistently met or exceeded


Operational Effectiveness

  • Meet or exceed standards for environmental, safety, working conditions and cleanliness through daily oversight and direction of management team
  • Develop and implement processes and procedures to continually improve quality and reduce customer complaints
  • Direct management team  to ensure productivity targets are monitored and achieved across all facility assets
  • Ensure facility assets are appropriately maintained through planning and implementation of maintenance programs and procedures, including preventative maintenance and reliability programs. 
  • Manage overall spending against budget and in relation to changes in production volume
  • Manage facility maintenance budget within parameters
  • Provide local support and coordination on facility capital projects

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Drive and implement high performance management practices, including Lean Sigma, daily management processes and other related programs.
  • 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.  
  • Establish group and individual accountabilities through annual goal planning and performance reviews.
  • Develop talent through assignments, job rotations, promotions to build bench strength and succession planning
  • Drive and support high performance culture employee involvement initiatives and practices.  Build and maintain a productive and engaged relationship with hourly associates.


Key Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, Master’s Degree a plus
  • 10-15  years of operational management experience in the packaging industry
  • Proven leadership ability in manufacturing sites
  • Strong business acumen and operations – based financial analysis 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

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon
Nearest Secondary Market: Tacoma