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Operations Director I (Louisville, Chicago and or Virtual)

Louisville, KY, USA | Graphic Packaging International

  • Industry:
    Logistics, Freight, Packaging, & Warehousing
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Graphic Packaging is searching for a results-oriented Director of Operations to drive efficiency and innovation for 6 US packaging/filter frame carton plants in a multi-site manufacturing environment.This position will have responsibility for plants located in the following states of: Indiana (New Albany; Auburn); Texas (Lancaster); Tennessee (Lebanon); Illinois (Elgin) and Ohio (Xenia).  This position is virtually based but must be conveniently located in an area that is easily accessible by road or air to these plant locations. Reporting to the VP & General Manager of the Industrial Region, this position sits as a member of the leadership team.In this critical role the successful candidate will improve all aspects of manufacturing via continuous process improvement, production management, and development of manufacturing talent and teams. The ideal candidate will provide hands-on oversight of operations; help to set the overall strategic direction of the industrial region and establish world class manufacturing discipline in production through strategic and operational innovation to support business needs.


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

  • Directs Plant managers at each plant location to drive plant performance to exceed quality and efficiency standards

  • Maintains operating costs within budget

  • Directs plant managers by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising results

  • Ensures operational readiness of equipment through proper maintenance management programs.

  • Ensures all manufacturing operations comply with safety, quality, and GPI requirements.

  • Coordinates with the cross-functional business team to identify and implement the enhancements to products and systems to maximize profitability and product quality goals.

  • Supports succession planning by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training plant mangers

  • Manges headcount consistent with plant operating budget

  • Drives overall strategy to maximize profitability and cost containment

  • Travel: up to 50%

  • Develops, recommends and oversees the implementation of the capital program.

  • Ensures financial objectives of the plant are met through development and implementation of annual operating plans and timely resolution of deviation from plan.

  • Directs the development and implementation of cost control programs to ensure the plants are competitive within the industry.Maintains plant spoilage program within budget in conjunction with the Continuous Improvement and production department managers. 

  • Coordinates plant and corporate resources to resolve material, process and production problems in the plant

  • Drives culture of safety and continuous improvement aligned with GPI’s mission and direction.


  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university in engineering or related discipline. Equivalent number of years of relevant experience in lieu of education requirement will be strongly considered.

  • Minimum of 5-10 years of manufacturing experience in the corrugated, folding carton, packaging or paper manufacturing industry.

  • Minimum of 5 years directing multiple manufacturing sites.

  • Previous experience in supervision of teams, managing manufacturing processes, production planning, strategic planning, dealing with complexity in carton manufacturing.

  • Prior experience in LEAN manufacturing processes.

  • Demonstrated financial management, analytical and budgeting skills.

  • Excellent problem solving, and reasoning skills required.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills needed, including coaching, team-building and training skills. Ability to effectively present information to all levels of the company; plant floor to executive leadership.

  • Strong attention to detail and communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Good computer skills required

  • Ability to utilize technology to enhance the growth/performance of the organization

  • Proven leader able to quickly build rapport and credibility with staff to communicate vision and obtain buy-in for pursuit of manufacturing goals

  • Demonstrable and successful track record of commitment to continuous manufacturing process improvement and high-performance operations

  • Competitive spirit with desire to join a winning team and commitment to developing the next generation of GPI leaders

  • Lean/Six Sigma familiarity.


  • Leadership & Accountability

  • Detecting essence and probability

  • Employee Engagement

  • Building Effective Teams

  • Relationship Building

  • Organizational Agility

  • Presentations

  • Time Management

  • Attention to Detail

  • Process Oriented


  • General schedule(s) 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. Extensive overnight travel up to 50% by car or plane.


  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours. Manufacturing plant environment with some noise level.

  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.

  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.

  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.

  • Extensive travel both driving and flying to plants, 50%

  • Interface with people on a continuous basis

  • Exposure to manufacturing plant environments – high sound and smells


  • Integrity & Trust

  • Action Oriented

  • Managerial Courage

  • Accountability

  • Organizational Agility

  • Learning Agility (Learning on the Fly)

  • Developing Direct Reports & Others

  • Business Acumen

  • Detail Oriented

  • Dealing with Ambiguity

What Graphic Packaging Offers You

  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion

  • Highly competitive base pay

  • Comprehensive benefit programs (medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(K) and wellness programs

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