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Department Manager I – New London, WI

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Job Description

Coordinate and oversee the activities of a manufacturing department according to established procedures, standards and customer requirements. This role will typically be in a smaller plant and have oversight to less than 40 hourly employees.


Acts as a safety leader and puts safety first in all responsibilities. Works in conjunction with the EHS Manager to establish and maintain all policies and programs to assure a safe working environment.

Establishes, maintains, communicates, and enforces safety, quality, waste and productivity standards to meet plant goals. Maintains department housekeeping per 5S and GMP (Good Mfg. Practices) standards. Maintains quality standards consistent with customer’s and the company’s requirements.

Oversees and manages the Performance Control System (PCS) for the department including establishing key performance indicators (KPI’s), auditing Supervisor/Operator shift meetings, and leading department meetings. Ensures that standards are met and action item registers are maintained to document, communicate, and eliminate exceptions.

May participate in plant leadership steering committee, WCOM Steering committee, and a WCOM pillar.

Works with the WCOM Steering Committee and Pillars to determine the greatest improvement opportunities in the department. Assists with the execution of improvement efforts to address the opportunities. Assure that standards are updated with each improvement team.

Provides feedback to the department and individual employees on performance against standards.

Supervises salaried staff of Shift Supervisors. Is responsible for all elements of supervision including hiring, terminations, recognition, discipline, training, employee relations, performance management and salary administration.

Ensures that Best Practice teams related to process discipline have appropriate representation. Implements changes based on recommendations of the BP team where applicable.

Ensures that investigations are completed for any injuries, incidents and near misses and that follow-up action items are completed in a timely manner.

Recommends capital projects and ensures needs, ROI and KPI related to these projects are documented and submitted per Bemis policies.

Ensures customer complaints are investigated, and corrective actions are implemented and evaluated for effectiveness according to established standards. This includes staff involvement and communication of the issues to crews.

Ensures that accurate Standard Operating Conditions (SOC’s) are in place and followed. Maintains productivity standards based on SOC’s, best practices and continuous improvement.

Promotes a strong safety culture and environment.

Adheres to Bemis core values and actively contributes to a high performance culture.

Meets or exceeds plant business plan and KPI’s.

Operates within established budget.

Best Practices establishment & execution.

Effective , cost-efficient planning and utilization of manpower, materials and machinery.

Strong Human Capital planning, development and management for direct reports.


Results Orientation / Delivers on Plan – Highest

Team Leadership – High

Develops Organizational Capability – High

Drives High Performance Culture– High

Customer Focus – High

Facility Business Acumen/Market Knowledge – Medium

Continuous Improvement Mindset – Medium

Collaboration and Best Practice Leadership – Medium


A Bachelor’s degree with emphasis on a technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

A minimum of 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.

A minimum of 1 year supervisory/leadership experience.

Bemis Expectations

Bemis is committed to its core values: Ethics, Accountability, Innovation, and Respect. By becoming an employee at Bemis Company, Inc., you will work in a high performing environment where team members collaborate to get the job done, challenge the status quo to find a better way, and embrace unconventional ways of thinking. We are eager to see how you can make an impact in our high performance culture.

Bemis Company, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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