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Title:  Mgr., Sr. Research & Development

Requisition ID:  14824-159

West Monroe, LA, US, 71294

Category:  Research and Development
Travel:  Negligible

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 19,000 employees working in more than 80 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

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference


We offer compensation and benefit programs that are among the best in the industry. With competitive base salaries, 401(k) plans and benefits offerings, we strive to reward talented people who make our company successful.



With limited supervision from the R&D Director, the R&D Senior Manager is responsible for design, development, and implementation of process solutions in support of improving board quality or reducing the cost to produce coated paperboard.  This person brings new coating solutions from the concept stage through to the commercialization stage. This person also assists in the further development of existing and new GPI coating and papermaking concepts with a focus on implementation.

JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Manages the R&D pilot coater by composing detailed plans, timelines, and budgets to address project(s) scope and goals. Coordinates work within the R&D team to achieve project timelines, including the management of direct reports.
  • Develops cost models for new paperboard machinery and processes, including capital estimation/requirements.
  • Leads R&D activities where mechanical/process/industrial engineering expertise is required for obtaining new business objectives.
  • Successfully manages several projects simultaneously, keeping extreme focus on customer commitments and project timelines/milestones.
  • Writes materials, manufacturing, and performance specifications for new paperboard manufacturing processes.
  • Composes detailed presentations on project(s) progress. Leads cross-functional teams on project(s) and presents updates/reports to senior leadership.
  • Provided engineering and process solutions for new initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The above job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • Minimum of 10 years paper or paperboard related industrial/manufacturing experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years coating experience.
  • Ability to work safely in the manufacturing environment, including working with industrial chemicals and manufacturing machines.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Paper Science, or related field.


  • Expert in coating technology, papermaking, and physical properties of coated paperboard and the impacts to end use packaging.
  • Good communicator who is comfortable conversing/presenting in group settings with customers, team members, and upper management
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, data management systems (like SAP), data historian systems (like Parcview, Panther) with demonstrated ability to quickly learn additional software tools.


  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail. Travel (1-2 trips per month) will be required for this position.


  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.
  • Ability to work safely in the manufacturing environment, including working with industrial chemicals and manufacturing machines.

GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, LLC 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, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap, or disability, marital status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.

Nearest Major Market: Monroe

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