Graham Packaging

Plant Manager

Job Locations US-TN-Memphis
Manufacturing Operations

Company Statement

Graham Packaging is a leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Graham Packaging is part of your everyday life. They’re the kind of people you want as your friends and neighbors as well as your partners and suppliers. By building strong relationships and creating value for our customers, our employees embody the innovative spirit that’s inherent to Graham. We truly are people building a better tomorrow.


Plant Managers are responsible for overall effectiveness of day-to-day manufacturing operations through direction of personnel in the management of safety, quality, customer service, efficient utilization of resources, equipment, materials and manpower procedures and programs.


The primary duties of a Plant Manager include:

  • Understands, follows and enforces all established safety, health, quality GMP and Company policies, procedures and recognized practices.
  • Understands, follows and enforces all established policies, procedures and recognized practices.
  • Leads the plant safety initiatives through the participation and development of safety training programs, plant safety meetings, safety audits and by encouraging employee involvement through safety suggestion and recognition programs.
  • Leads the plant quality initiatives through the implementation of corrective actions from customer or internal complaints, coordinating new product qualifications, and participating in internal and external quality system audits and developing and implementing corrective action plans.
  • Responsible for the selection, training, growth and development of shift and staff personnel to attain organizational goals
  • Reviews operating statements for all departments and directs manufacturing operations so that all plant costs are within budgetary standards.
  • Develops and maintains sound relations with customers and works with them to identify systems improvements and possible supply chain cost reductions.
  • Ensures continuous improvement plans are developed and implemented to ensure short and long range goals are in process.
  • Oversees the production planning process to ensure customer requirements are satisfied.
  • Maintains contact with sales department and customer service to effectively meet and maximize utilization of plant facilities.
  • Act as the Plant’s Project Manager on new initiatives involving equipment and molds.
  • Participates in monthly, quarterly and year-end physical inventories in accordance with corporate guidelines.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of plants strategic and tactical plans that provided the needed focus and drive to achieve the plant and overall company objectives.
  • Drive continuous improvement plans using Operation Excellence tools across cross functional departments.
  • Promote an open door and team building environment policy.
  • May be responsible for special projects related to other functional areas.
  • 0-25% travel may be required.


A Bachelor’s Degree and/or related plant management experience; or equivalent combination of education and related plant management experience is required. A minimum of five years’ experience in an operations supervisory or management role in a manufacturing environment with demonstrated leadership skills strongly preferred. Six Sigma, Lean, and/or Kaizen experience preferred.

Plant Managers are required to interact with other managers, employees, vendors, and customers. Therefore, the following skills and proficiencies are also essential requirements of the position:

  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance.
  • Computer usage and typing skills are essential.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service.
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.
  • Communicates effectively: conveys facts and information clearly both verbally and orally.
  • Collaborates well with others: proactively contributes to group objectives; volunteers to help others.


EEO Disclaimer

Graham Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


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