Production Manager

Requisition ID
Manufacturing & Operations
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Grow your career. Grow with Caraustar.
Caraustar Industries, Inc., established in 1938, is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. The company is a socially responsible corporation, is committed to environmentally sound practices and is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products.
With over 2,500 employees serving the unique needs of the organization, you can imagine that it takes a vast range of skills to keep our organization growing. What does that mean for you as a job seeker? Room to grow in any number of directions, any number of places, and any number of roles. Your path begins here.
We believe in encouraging, challenging and empowering each other to be the healthiest we can be. When we are each at our personal best, so are our customers, our communities and so is our organization.  We understand that to be a world-class organization we need to practice, encourage and support employee health and wellness. Today, some of the tools and resources offered to employees to improve wellness and work/life balance include:
- Employee assistance programs – this free and confidential guidance service is available to you and your dependent family members
- Tobacco-free campuses
- Health and wellness tools
- Comprehensive benefit package 


Lead the effort to improve production results for the entire paper machine operation from waste paper receiving through finishing.  Drive continuous improvement in the performance of all aspects of the operation – safety, quality assurance, customer service, productivity, operating efficiencies and cost containment.
- Needs to be highly motivated and energetic providing leadership, technical expertise and training to guide changes to plant process and procedures in order to reduce process variability, improve product performance in customer plants, reduce manufacturing costs and improve operating efficiency.
- Lead and direct a production team consisting of a Superintendent, Technical Assistant, Shift Supervisors, and three rotating shift production crews.
- Must work closely and effectively with the Maintenance Manager and Technical Manager to improve mill operations correcting operational issues including equipment runnability, training needs, and process standardization.
- Facilitate the continuous improvement process by which projects and activities are identified, defined, developed and prioritized.  Responsibilities include facilitating meetings, evaluating recommendations, planning and facilitating the implementation of changes, tracking activities and reporting progress.
- Must be able to manage machine runnability on a daily basis with the assistance of direct reports and support staff.
- Identify opportunities to improve existing procedures and related tools to meet the requirements of an evolving workflow process.
- Responsible for prioritizing maintenance needs and direct resources accordingly on a daily basis.
- Participate in downtime maintenance and readiness planning and project management activities.
- Performs all required duties and tasks in accordance with Company accounting policies and financial control procedures.
- Support the Mill Safety Program completely.  They must be fully involved in the safety culture and help drive the team towards an incident free workplace. 
- Train production employees in analytical problem solving and decision making techniques.


- Minimum Technical Background Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or related technical field with 5-20 years of experience in paper manufacturing, industrial or process engineering. Pulp and Paper degree and/or background is a plus.
- Prior experience managing salaried and hourly production teams in a paper mill is required. 
- Technical experience in a paper mill is required.
- Excellent team leadership abilities and interpersonal skills required.
- Experience on a cylinder board machine is a plus
- Process improvement knowledge in a manufacturing environment such as Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, etc., to drive operational excellence system is a plus.
- Statistical Process Control knowledge is desired.
- Ability to efficiently multi-task and meet stated objectives needed.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office a must.
- Proficiency in data analysis a must.
- Must be able to communicate efficiently and effectively both written and verbal.
- Must be able to practice time management skills.
- Ability to adhere to healthy safety practices.


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