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Pactiv Evergreen Plant Manager in Bridgeview, Illinois


Packaging plays a critical role in keeping food and beverages protected and fresh while promoting products and brands. It enables on-the-go lifestyles while supporting brands’ sustainability efforts. Consumers in the U.S. use Pactiv Evergreen products approximately 5 billion times per week. That’s why we offer over 14,000 individual products in fourteen different materials. Our customers, large global brands as well as local businesses, trust our packaging to protect their products and their brands. Pactiv Evergreen is committed to offering sustainable packaging solutions, with an aggressive goal that 100% of our products will be made with materials that are recycled, recyclable or renewable by 2030. Pactiv Evergreen is headquartered in Lake Forest, IL and employs over 16,000 in 91 locations across North America. Our purpose, mission, and values represent the principles we honor, the promises we keep, and the foundational beliefs we share. They communicate what our customers and shareholders can expect from us and what we can expect of each other. At Pactiv Evergreen we are Packaging a Better Future. For more information, check us out online at .

Bridgeview is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is located approximately 15 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 16,446.


The Plant Manager is responsible for all aspects of Manufacturing, Engineering, EH&S, Quality, Schedule Compliance, SOX Compliance, Facilities, and Employee Welfare at a given manufacturing plant in support of the Annual Operating Plan. The Plant Manager works collaboratively with the local leadership team and Corporate to establish a local operating strategy, budget, KPIs, in addition to leading the manufacturing plant workforce and interfaces as necessary with key internal customers. The Plant Manager will typically be responsible for a plant employee population of 500+ employees working in a continuous 24/7 manufacturing operation.

The Plant Manager will report directly into the Sr. Director of Operations for the Foodservice Cups Operating Unit.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Cultivate a collaborative plant culture that encourages employee development, teamwork and adaptability.

  • Evaluate and develop the existing talent found within the manufacturing plant.

  • Build an efficient manufacturing operation through the reliance on standardized systems, reliable equipment performance and an adherence to process.

  • Apply principles of lean manufacturing, as appropriate, to improve key business metrics via continuous improvement advancements, waste elimination (1st pass yield and Kaizen) and root cause analysis.

  • Optimize plant performance (overall equipment efficiency/OEE) by maximizing labor efficiency while at the same time minimizing scrap and achieving the required product quality.

  • Partner with commercial and R&D staff to identify opportunities for improvement in cost of manufacturing and product performance.

  • Lead the plant management team by empowering, enabling and developing people to work effectively together as teammates.

  • Ensure a collaborative culture is established throughout the Plant where employees are held accountable while at the same time coached and encouraged to reach their full potential.

  • Ability to effectively communicate the business vision across all levels of the plant.

  • Management of annual operating plan/budget & deployment of resources across the plant to deliver production commitments in key safety, quality, service, and cost target areas.

  • Support internal customer groups to ensure attainment of profitability targets and delivery of finished product that meets customer quality expectations.

  • Develop and execute the safety programs necessary to achieve and sustain a world-class safety record.

  • Direct plant capital programs and expenditures to support strategic operational goals.

  • Comply with all local, state and federal regulations.

  • Manage operations through the use of the Pactiv Evergreen Production System (PEPS).


Job Requirements:


  • BA/BS degree in Business, Operations, Engineering or a related field is required

  • Minimum of 5-10 years of progressive experience in manufacturing dependent upon location size – preferably in a highly respected foam or consumer packaging manufacturing organization. Previous management/supervisory experience required.

  • Travel Frequency - Occasional; less than 5% of time

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong financial aptitude.

  • This leader will have successfully implemented operational strategies and initiatives that have improved bottom-line profitability in a manufacturing environment.

  • The leader must be high-energy with a creative approach to problem solving, possess strong analytical skills, and be a team player with exceptionally strong leadership skills.

  • The leader must be an excellent judge of talent with a proven track record of attracting top performers and mentoring employees as their careers advance up through the organization.

  • Ability to multi-task effectively while working across multiple layers of the organization. Proven ability to juggle multiple issues simultaneously, determining appropriate level of priority and resource allocation.

  • The ideal candidate is a team builder that develops and drives high performance work teams aligned around the strategic operational initiatives of the manufacturing plant.

  • Ability to function as a strategic thinker without losing site of the critical details.

  • Experienced at applying the principles of lean manufacturing to improve key plant metrics via continuous improvement advancements, waste elimination and root cause analysis problem solving.

Key Competencies:

  • Safety - Demonstrates a safety first mindset in all situations.

  • Leadership - A leader who will have instant credibility and is able to motivate, and retain well-qualified individuals of diverse talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds. Must have the leadership presence to energize, drive and lead the teams, and to be a natural center of gravity in the business.

  • Operations Acumen - Outstanding business judgment and a proven ability to manage effectively in tough situations, balancing intelligent risk with the need to secure the base of the business.

  • Top Talent/Team Development - Has developed a personal coaching/mentoring relationship with direct teams and delegates key initiatives to accelerate their personal growth.

  • Learning agility/growth mindset – Demonstrates the ability and willingness to listen and learn. Believes that their own capacities and talents can be improved over time.

  • Technical Acumen - Clear strength with the understanding of technical products, their development, design, and capabilities.

  • Cost Effectiveness - Broad-based process improvement leadership experience in complex businesses is essential. A proven ability to develop, lead, and culturally drive an environment of high productivity and cost effectiveness is required. Cost savings through improved efficiency is a critical focus area. A proven track record optimizing SG&A and working capital is also essential.

  • Collaborative/Decisive Style - Operates with a management style that encourages and facilitates open dialogue with a wide variety of contributors and stakeholders, both close and across the organization.

  • Critical Thinking - Able to work in uncharted areas. Capable of integrating and processing large amounts of information to address complex issues. Challenges conventional wisdom when required. Intellectually aggressive with a strong end-product orientation.

  • Interpersonal - Able to quickly establish and maintain excellent interpersonal relationships across all levels of the organization. Creates team atmosphere with internal staff while achieving key objectives. Maintains positive, professional relationships with external contacts.

  • Organization - Able to operate independently. Manages time well, follows through on commitments, and pays attention to details. Able to work on several projects simultaneously.

  • Maturity - Able to provide a good balance of risk taking and judgment. Is assertive and confident. Recognizes when help is needed because of lack of pertinent knowledge. Relies on and delegates to peers and direct reports in an appropriate and productive fashion.

  • Strategy/Vision - Able to serve as a key strategic partner with leadership team on business vision and direction. A strategic thinker, capable of thought leadership with respect to product mix, pricing and profitability combined with the ability to communicate and translate these into actionable programs.

  • Ethics - Able to demonstrate unquestionable integrity, credibility, and character. Has demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.

  • Results Driven - Ability to focus on organizational growth, financial performance, and achievement of established plant targets.

  • Teamwork & Collaboration - Builds rapport and collaborates effectively across the organization, and fosters an environment of open and transparent communication.


The duties, responsibilities, and requirements presented in this job description are intended to be representative in nature and should not be construed as an exhaustive list.

Pactiv Evergreen is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Pactiv Evergreen 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, genetic information, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics or statuses protected by law. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please call (847) 482-4320 or email

All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines and applicable laws.

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Job Locations US-IL-Bridgeview

ID 2023-21381

Category Operations

Position Type Full Time

Pay Type Salaried