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Graham Packaging Company Technical Specialist Lead (2nd Shift) starting at $26.22/hour in Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Company Statement

Graham Packaging is a people, planet and values-based company and a leader in sustainable packaging manufacturing. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Graham Packaging is part of your everyday life.

For employees at Graham, our Blue Culture is part of their everyday lives, too. In other words, Blue is how we do things here.

At Graham, we are united by a clear vision. We know our part and help those around us know theirs, encouraging one another to continuously improve. We create a safe, challenging environment to innovate by supporting creative ideas and new ways of thinking. We take the initiative to cultivate our individual growth and help others do the same, while keeping ourselves and one another accountable. And we actively promote cooperation, collaboration, integrity and respect across regions and teams to foster an engaged, diverse and connected workforce.

We value our employees, and a Blue Culture allows for the most rewarding employee experience as part of the Graham family. Blue is how we feel about what we do—together—to create a better tomorrow. Working at Graham means you lead constructively with clear goals, use diverse thinking to drive excellence, accountability, innovation, as well as demonstrating collaboration, embracing learning, and taking action for continuous improvement and growth.


Graham Packaging Company is looking for a Technical Specialist / Production Lead based in Sturtevant, WI. This opening is for 2nd shift, which operates during the hours of 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. This position is the lead position on 2nd shift and will serve as the main point of contact during afternoon shift hours of operation. This position will be required to operate blow molding equipment.

  • Pay starting at $26.22 per hour based on experience.

  • Additional $0.75 shift differential for 2nd shift.

  • Weekly pay and benefits (medical, dental, vision, and 401k with match) effective on day one!

Technical Specialist / Production Leads are responsible for monitoring and processing of machines to ensure employee safety, high quality containers and maximize machine efficiency. Work closely with the Production Supervisor to evaluate, train and develop the Operators. Make repairs and modifications that are beyond the abilities of the Operators. Technical Specialist Leads will perform all the duties and responsibilities of the Operator as assigned. The primary duties of a Technical Specialist Lead 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 in continuous quality improvement projects and other related activities as assigned.

  • Assist in mold changes, new molds, resin trials and equipment installation, etc., as required.

  • Assist in problem solving events and maintain line efficiencies to meet standard

  • Assist in facilitating the evaluation, training and development of Operators.

  • Communicate and works with the Production Supervisor to determine production priorities based on shift activities.

  • Communicate observed safety, production or quality problems to the Production Supervisor.

  • Communicate processing information or issues to designated personnel on incoming shift.

  • Complete appropriate documentation to track downtime, process changes and adjustments. May also be required to accurately record other reports as trained and assigned.

  • Complete Standard Work as outlined for the position.

  • Complete daily production reporting for the shift.

  • Complete written documentation as required.

  • Conduct new operator training.

  • Demonstrate tasks to employees in authorized classifications as assigned.

  • Drives the attaining of budgeted line speeds and efficiencies by interacting with the Production, Quality, and Maintenance departments

  • Initiate timely corrective actions when issues arise.

  • Maintain a commitment to promote a respectful and productive team environment; assist and train others as needed, help with break coverage

  • Serve as a backup to the Supervisor in times of absence.

  • Manage lunches, breaks and overtime with the Production Shift Supervisor for other production employees to ensure that the shift performance is not affected.

  • Monitors daily Operator paperwork, hour by hour boards and quality data and communicate with the Production Supervisor to coordinate production line support staff in accomplishing the lines’ objectives.

  • Responsible for the organization and disposition of raw materials during the shift (regrind, color, rail cars, silos).

  • Troubleshoot the machines and programs the lines beyond the Operator’s ability and utilizing the opportunity as on the job training for the Operator.

  • Work with the Maintenance Technicians and Process Technicians on preventative maintenance duties.

  • Limited travel may be required



A minimum of 2 years in manufacturing required. Prior manufacturing leadership experience highly preferred.

Technical Specialist / Production Leads are required to interact with 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.

Compensation Statement

The expected salary range for the position described in this posting is made in accordance with the legal mandates of certain jurisdictions within the United States. The final agreed-upon compensation is based on individual qualifications and experience.

Benefits Statement

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance. Employees are able to enroll in the company’s 401K Employee Saving Plan and may participate in its Employee Wellness Program. Employees will also receive paid time off in accordance with company policy and state law requirements.

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.

Job Locations US-WI-Sturtevant

ID 2024-6506

Category Manufacturing Operations

Type Full-Time

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