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Director, Operations

Company: Graham Packaging
Location: Lancaster
Posted on: June 15, 2022

Job Description:

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. Overview The Operations Director will be the operations leader for their plants within the Food and Nutrition -Business Unit, and will drive operational performance, manufacturing improvements and people development while helping to set the BU Operational plan. He/she will have the leadership required to deliver Operational Excellence (OPEX) while supporting, driving and enhancing the plants day to day Operations. The Operations Director reports to the VP of Operations for the Business Unit. -As a member of the Operations team, he/she will have an opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the company and the business's operational plan. Responsibilities Position Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Operations Director will focus on driving the tactical execution and improvement of Graham's safety, quality, maintenance, and operating system (GOS) while delivering financial performance. Additionally, the Operations Director will lead, coach and develop people in their plant to increase skills and abilities, while delivering day to day performance.Strategic Leadership:

  • Builds a culture of trust, integrity, teamwork, and mutual respect
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to Plant Management and their teams, establishing priorities and aligning all site functions
  • Develop and implement clear short and long-term goals for each plant
  • Partners closely with sales, engineering, and finance teams to monitor product launch timelines
  • Coordinate operations and communications within, between and among various functional areasPeople Development:
    • Act as a role model and leader to Plant Managers ensuring that they lead their teams effectively
    • Recruit and develop the best leadership teams for each locationCoach, empower and develop people while building a pipeline of talent to ensure succession for critical plant roles.
    • Develop strong, capable plant teams that have the technical skills and motivation to be successful, drive lower employee turnover and improve retention.
    • Align the plant people resources with the commercial demands to ensure sufficient resources exist to operate effectively and to an effective costDrive OPEX:
      • Ensure all plants have the Graham Operating System (GOS) fully operational and effective with good daily management and problem solving that drives improvement in the operational KPI
      • Further develop operational standards to ensure that all key plant processes and practices are standardized across locations
      • Ensure each business has an operational plan that is used as a long term plan for the factory, with an effective improvement planDrive Continuous Improvement:
        • Foster and promote the Continuous Improvement mindset throughout the organization
        • Drive continuous improvement and Innovation within Operations particularly in the area of Safety, Quality, Cost and People management, Drive the 'Safety first' culture:
          • Drive safety as the first priority at all times, set the example for the organization.
          • Empower people in Plants to ensure they follow all required safety guidelines and solving methodologies to reduce the number of recordable accidents in the plants.
          • Follow up and analyze Safety Operations' results and KPIs to develop and drive safety standards as part of GOS and the broader operational strategyBudget and financial performance
            • Ensure continual improvement in conversion cost and productivity as a result of OPEX and other operational initiatives.
            • Lead the preparation of the Plants annual budget and make sure it is followed and properly tracked
            • Develop and ensure that an effective reporting and forecasting system is in place and accurate. Evaluate monthly financial results, investigate significant variances, and initiate corrective and/or improvement activity in collaborating with the Finance department Qualifications Qualifications and Requirements:
              • Bachelor's Degree
              • 10+ years of experience in senior operational positions, preferably in the Plastic/Packaging Industry or related industry
              • Excellent interpersonal, communication, coaching and change management/leadership skills
              • Demonstrated ability to train, motivate, an empower employees to be disciples of lean manufacturing; create a culture of growth
              • Strategic thinker with proven problem-solving skills and analytical ability
              • Travel up to 75% of the time required, including some international travel. 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.

Keywords: Graham Packaging, Lancaster , Director, Operations, Executive , Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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