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Plant Manager

Location: Rock Island, IL, United States
Business Unit: Liberty Packaging
Remote Type: No Remote

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This position leads all plant operations for a 150+ employee, two-shift, manufacturing site.  This leader ensures day-to-day operations are delivered with the aligned objectives of safety-first mindset, customer satisfaction along with growing and developing the leaders within the facility. This position also plays a critical role in developing and executing capital project plans for the facility to enable continuous improvement and growth in market share.     


This full-time position reports directly to Liberty Packaging – General Manager and is located at Liberty Packaging’s manufacturing plant in Rock Island, IL. 


  • Direct supervisor to a team of 6+ direct reports that lead major site functions of manufacturing, shipping, maintenance, and scheduling.
  • Ensure employee relations stay connected with open and continuous dialogue
  • Own end-to-end performance for the facility to meet KPIs in the areas of Safety, Quality, Cost, and Delivery. Establish, measure, and monitor performance across facility and root cause performance issues. Develop and deploy plans to drive improvements in manufacturing processes to ensure superior product quality, reduced cycle times, lead times, and minimize overall manufacturing costs.
  • Provide day-to-day leadership for manufacturing team decision-making in the areas of production, labor, material costs, design, and production scheduling.
  • In partnership with Continuous Improvement function, guide leaders and front-line staff through the identification and deployment of continuous improvement initiatives with an impact on key performance indicators.
  • Ensure the right talent and capabilities are in place to meet strategic objectives; accountable for establishing goals, managing performance, and developing teams to ensure short- and long-range objectives are achieved
  • Establish a two-way communication & engagement culture to ensure all plant employees are clear on plant performance and connection to business performance, including KPIs.
  • Lead key change initiatives across the plant in partnership with regional and functional support systems (e.g., continuous improvement, engineering, human resources, sales, etc.)
  • Lead the successful identification, business case design, and execution of capital projects in partnership with functional teams and executive leadership. Ensure multi-year capital plans support market growth and customer delivery
  • Develop and grow community engagement presence by representing plant locally in key activities and through execution of frequent employee and community engagement activities
  • Own direct P&L responsibility for plant site
  • Provide leadership by connecting and being visible to all three shifts daily
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Bachelors’ degree and/ or 10+ years relevant experience in lieu of education
  • 10+ years manufacturing experience
  • 5+ years people leadership experience
  • Experience analyzing downtime, production, and financial variance trends, and identifying actions to deliver expected performance
  • Previous experience developing and managing a budget, forecasting, and monitoring results
  • Experience with identifying and executing capital projects to drive improvement against KPIs
  • Demonstrated experience with organizational effectiveness, operations management, and a proven track record of achieving results
  • Experience developing and presenting information to multiple levels of the organization from front-line to executive leadership
  • Superior time management, attention to detail, verbal and written communication skills, decision-making, and organization skills
  • Excellent computer skills required, including Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit


  • Previous experience with Amtech / CTI or Kiwi
  • Previous experience with ERP systems
  • Previous experience in corrugated or paper manufacturing
  • Lean and / or Continuous Improvement certifications


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Regular sitting, standing, and walking throughout the day to accomplish tasks
  • Manual and finger dexterity used regularly with some repetitive finger motions
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Specific vision abilities include close and distance vision; able to identify colors, small letters, and numbers; hand/eye coordination, depth perception and able to adjust focus
  • Hearing and speaking
  • Other conditions may include frequent reaching, stretching, pushing, pulling, pinching, grasping, and gripping.

about our company: 

Comprised of multiple companies with headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota, Liberty Diversified International (LDI) is a privately held company employing more than 1,900 individuals across our manufacturing facilities, production facilities and core business operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, California, and Mexico. With deep roots in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, we operate in the core markets of paper, packaging, workplace products, corrugated plastics and building products. 

Since 1918, our values – Caring, Innovation, Trust, and Excellence – have guided our day-to-day activities. We believe that when our employees are aligned with these values, we create superior solutions and services for our customers. The LDI family of companies includes Liberty Packaging, Liberty Paper, Liberty Plastics (Custom Solutions and Quarrix Building Products) and Safco. 



Liberty Diversified International is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.