Title:  Assistant Superintendent Mill Operations-Paper

Requisition ID:  2547

Waco, TX, US, 76712

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.



The PM Assistant Superintendent position reports directly to the Paper Machine Superintendent. This position will provide direct leadership and supervision for all aspects of the paper machine, including safety, acceptance, availability, engagement, equipment reliability, quality complaints, cost control, and continuous improvement strategy deployment.


The PM Assistant Superintendent will also be involved with maintenance, process improvements and machine changes. Though having no direct reports, the Assistant Superintendent will have a strong influential position and direct authority for decision making with respect to the machine in general, and the operation in particular. This position will require being on-call some weekends and weeknights.


JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following

  • Utilize and refine standard work systems to effect sustainable positive results in safety, environmental, people, housekeeping, quality, cost, and performance.
  • Demonstrate safety as a core value by creating a safe work environment.
  • Steward safety systems and processes that support achieving our continually improving annual goals.
  • Ensure efficient operation of wood product line, including Brown stock, bleach plant and chemical areas.
  • Develop and manage Front Line Leaders through mentorship, coaching 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 to ensure effective operations and cost factors
  • Monitor and manage Key Process Indicators
  • Implement improvement strategies designed to: support productivity, 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
  • Provide input on capital projects and strategic improvement plans for all other Mill areas
  • Ensure there is effective communication of business strategy, goals, and initiatives to Font Line Leaders and production crews
  • Manage continuous improvement projects for area of responsibility
  • Coordinates with maintenance to prioritize maintenance and outage needs
  • Coordinates predictive and preventative maintenance activities with Maintenance Department establishing long-term sustainability for equipment
  • Implement and improve standard work systems such as trouble cause corrections, standard operating procedures, startup/shutdown checklists, and centerlines
  • Maintain effective communications and working relationships with Operations Departments, Maintenance, Safety, IT, Environmental, Human Resources, Engineering, Purchasing and Suppliers,
  • Collaborate with Training Department to ensure training needs and priorities are being met. 
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Paper Science or 10 years of related field operations experience within the paper industry including three (3-5) years of progressive leadership roles
  • Eight (8) years of progressive and practical pulpmill experience including three (3-5) years of pulpmill supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digester operations, pulp screening, pulp washing, and bleaching processes
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the operation of an integrated mill



  • Proven record of identifying opportunities and the ability to recommend and implement improvements.
  • Must be a leader with exceptional communication skills, good organization, and the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Previous environmental experience in the Pulp and Paper industry is a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills; ability to positively influence people 
  • Good organizational skills 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to motivate people to perform at higher levels 
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership and teamwork to ensure safe and efficient operations. 
  • Ability to align with and champion company and mill policies and procedures. 
  • Strong interpersonal communications such as recommending, directing, and influencing.
  • Proficient at managing all levels of an operating area and interfacing with all levels of an organization
  • Troubleshooting and Problem-solving skills


  • Growth Mindset in Developing Talent and Teams and Continuous Improvement
  • Leadership Mindset in Enabling Performance and Engaging Employees
  • Strategic Mindset in delivering a High-Performance Organization
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Customer Focus
  • Managing & Measuring Work
  • Planning & Priority Setting
  • Problem solving, Drive for Results and Timely Decision Making
  • Functional/Technical Skills and Knowledge
  • Managing through Systems

Nearest Major Market: Waco