General 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 4,000 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 


Oversees all operations of a single-machine coated recycled paperboard facility in Tama, Iowa.
- Manages all duties and responsibilities in accordance with Caraustar accounting policies and financial control procedures. Ensures that Subordinates are trained and aware of the requirements of the Caraustar Standards of Business Conduct Policy.
- Ensures the mill operates safely and in accordance with OSHA, and company policies and procedures.
- Develops a well trained staff.
- Ensures quality meets customer expectations and productivity levels remain high.
- Accountable for Profit and Loss statement.
- Ensures facility is consistent with company and industry best practices.
- Develop short and longer term capital improvement strategy.  Assures capital is allocated effectively.
- Supports the sales team, including customer feedback and visits
- Ensures equipment and technology meet customer needs.
- Leads communication efforts.
- Communicates vision.
- Ensures a safe and healthy workplace.
- Supports and leads all elements of OPEX activities to include, but not limited to Performance Management, Leader Standard Work, Operator Basic Care, 5’s, Maintenance Reliability and Root Cause Problem Solving. 
- Comply in all respects with the provisions of the Caraustar Standards of Business Conduct Policy required.


- Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering or related field and/or 5-10 years’ experience in production management in a manufacturing environment.
- Must have prior knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resource modeling, leadership techniques, production methods and coordination of people and resources.
- Must be technically savvy.  Coating experience preferred.
- Must have knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
- Experience with P&L management.
- Ability to make presentations to various levels of the organization a must.
- Proficiency in Microsoft office and other relevant computer skills a must.   
- Ability to actively listen and communicate efficiently.
- Ability to strategically plan and make good judgments.
- Ability to manage time of self and others a must.
- Good people-management skills required.
- Ability to resolve conflict in an efficient and timely manner.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills.


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