General Manager Packaging (Germany and Poland)

Obersulm / Baden-Württemberg / Germany

Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) is a print-based specialty packaging business within WestRock that focuses on healthcare and high-end consumer markets, including confectionery, cosmetics, premium spirits and media packaging. This business provides its customers with an extensive array of premium folding cartons, inserts, labels and rigid packaging across a variety of substrates and finishes. For more information, visit

Based in Obersulm Germany we are looking for an senior experienced multi-site

General Manager (Print and Packaging)  

Working closely with the EVP Europe you will take the reins of overall operational activities, ensuring human and capital resources are utilized, developed and integrated to optimum levels to meet company objectives, satisfy customer requirements as well as achieving sustainable levels of profitability. You will be effectively managing the units' senior management teams and integrating five business units - 3 in Germany, 2 in Poland.

How You Will Impact WestRock MPS

  • Achieve profit targets whilst ensuring sustainable long-term growth and profitability by managing effective short-term business planning and forecasting in line with divisional strategy/goals, and establishing objectives with employees 
  • Assist in defining divisional/business strategy and medium-long term plans to ensure that products and service offerings match current and future market needs
  • Ensure that the internal sales function across the business units maintains effective and profitable relationships with existing customers, thereby achieving organic growth targets whilst still developing a healthy portfolio of new business opportunities; personally participating in major negotiations/discussions as required
  • Ensure that the manufacturing and site management processes of the units employ best practice techniques to achieve maximum operational efficiency and sustained improvements in quality, service and operating costs, thereby matching continual increases in customer expectations and securing adequate ROI
  • Establish consistency in operating standards and an awareness/compliance with SHE legislation and Group policy
  • Improve customer service by ensuring business IT and commercial systems are fully adopted and thereby maximising efficiency and margin opportunities
  • Ensure that financial controls and reporting practices meet Group standards and legal requirements whilst providing reliable and incisive information to assist the professional management of the business
  • Ensure that the procurement function maintains effective relationships with suppliers
  • Develop and agree overall labour and capital plans for the business units, varying such plans to ensure that resources are fully utilised and developed to match changing market circumstances and provide the foundation for profitability


What You Need To Succeed

  • 5+ years in a general management / Ops Director position
  • 2+ years within a general management / Ops Director level position covering multiple site locations
  • Fluent English and German - Polish a further benefit
  • Experience of business reorganisation and integration
  • Experience of managing centralised functions with associated cost controls/benefits
  • Experience of management within a unionised manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of good manufacturing practice (GMP)
  • Evidence of having effectively managed significant change.
  • Evidence of employing negotiating and consultation skills effectively
  • Awareness of SHE and Employment  legislation
  • Understanding of internal/external customer/supplier relationships
  • Understanding of Information Systems and their place in offering consolidated information for integrated businesses
  • Business and commercial awareness/exposure
  • Financial management/business dynamics


What We Offer

Attractive salary + incentive, reflecting skills, competencies and potential

A corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence

A role in which you can prove and further develop your skills

Work in a multinational context - international clients and project teams

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