Title:  Environmental Sr Manager

Requisition ID:  4509

Waco, TX, US, 76712

Department:  Health, Safety & Environmental
Travel:  Up to 25%

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.


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The Sr. Manager HSE (Environmental), is a key member of the Waco Paperboard Manufacturing Facility’s Leadership team and is responsible for leading the Environmental function at the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility, implementing strategic and operational plans to drive both short and long-term objectives, and provide world class expertise through demonstrated leadership.  The position is responsible for managing the environmental aspects of the GPI HSE Management System and related matters to safeguard the environment.  This role reports directly to the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility Manager and engages other operations and functions as required.  The Waco Environmental Manager supports the global HSE global vision, mission, overall goals and objectives and is the key liaison with HSE leadership.


The Sr. Manager will have history of sustained results, leadership, prioritization, coordination and consistent deployment of strategy, customer service and compliance are requirements for this position. Direct responsibilities include environmental regulatory compliance, community relations, agency and community interaction. The individual works cross functionally and develops relationships to achieve compliance, positive employee, and community relations, influences to create a positive HSE culture and drives results that achieve positive business performance. The individual will influence proactively in a dynamic work environment. Expected results focus on driving a proactive, sustainable, and continuously improving HSE management system, developing, and enhancing employee environmental knowledge, innovating transformation, and performing with excellence.


Key Responsibilities and Job Functions: Primary job functions include, but are not limited to the following:  

  • Managing the environment programs, budget and direction for the Waco Paperboard Manufacturing Facility
  • Accountable for the Environmental budget and leading the environmental aspects of the GPI HSE Management System to drive program maturity.
  • Managing people, setting direction and deploying environmental resources in a union environment
  • Developing plans and delivers results in a fast-changing business and regulatory environment by participating in Paperboard Manufacturing Facility Division Environmental initiatives to drive process improvements.
  • Provides input to Paperboard Manufacturing Facility and departmental strategies
  • Contributes directly to Paperboard Manufacturing Facility priorities and planning
  • Drives compliance maturity with environmental regulations such as Clean Air Act (including Title V Air Program), Clean Water Act (including NPDES and Storm Water Programs), RCRA, TSCA, SARA, etc.
  • Provide technical assistance on environmental compliance projects, auditing, and management systems.
  • Plan and lead self-assessments to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Build solid working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including regulatory agencies.
  • Has a community relations background.
  • Interact with the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility personnel and management to communicate environmental requirements, identify compliance issues, and implement compliance requirements.
  • Develop and provide training on key environmental issues, permitting and environmental requirements, and compliance.
  • Develop and implement environmental guidelines and best practices.
  • Manage regulatory reporting requirements, permitting processes, and response to regulatory activities, inspections, and citations.
  • Investigate environmental incidents and develops recommendations to prevent future incidents.
  • Maintain up-to-date, comprehensive knowledge of federal/state/local environmental laws, EPA regulations, and corporate policies.
  • Align business operations and corporate objectives.
  • Provides solutions to complex environmental issues serving as the Senior Environmental Leader.
  • Collaborates with health and safety function to deliver a seamless HSE program
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental or related field
  • Minimum 12+ years environmental experience
  • 3+ years of leading people, large-scale construction projects, and managing budgets and resources
  • Has strong environmental issue community relations experience.
  • Certified Professional, desired
  • Possesses broad technical expertise, business and industry knowledge, and process and people leadership capabilities.
  • Paper manufacturing experience preferred.


Required Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge with Microsoft programs (excel, word, PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with HSE data management system (i.e., Gensuite, Intelex, VelocityEHS, Enablon, ProcessMap, EHS Insight, Riskconnect) 



  • Applies advanced knowledge of technical concepts to manage projects and solve complex issues
  • Influences without authority and can engage peers and other leaders to get results
  • Manages department operations; supervises others
  • Manages complexity, builds effective teams, has situational adaptability, self develops, drives engagement, optimizes work processes, has a global perspective, ensures accountability, collaborates, and is resourceful



  • Manages subordinate management and/or experienced specialist employees who exercise significant latitude and independence.
  • Often heads one or more departments. 
  • Allocates resources to align with business objectives and annual business plans.
  • Works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives.
  • Requires a comprehensive understanding of concepts and principles in own discipline and knowledge of other disciplines.
  • Solves complex problems leveraging resources within or outside the organization.
  • Implements strategic policies when selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Applies knowledge of key business drivers and factors that maximize performance to area of responsibility.
  • Establishes operating policies and procedures that affect departments and subordinate sections and work units.
  • Interprets company-wide policies and procedures.
  • Develops and assures adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans, and performance requirements.
  • Assignments are objective oriented; work is reviewed in terms of meeting the organization's objectives and timelines.
  • Decisions have an extended impact on work processes and outcomes.
  • Interacts frequently with internal and external leadership and senior-level customer representatives concerning projects, operational decisions, scheduling requirements, and/or contractual clarifications.
    Leads briefings and technical meetings for internal and external representatives.


Pay Range:  $112,005 - $149,340


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.


Nearest Major Market: Waco