Early Career Program Leader - Atlanta, GA

About WestRock
WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

Early Career Program Leader - Atlanta, GA

1000 Abernathy Rd, NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30328
United States

Job Summary:

The Early Career  Program Leader is responsible for designing, developing and leading the implementation of Early Career Development programs, frameworks and processes for:  co-ops/interns, rotational associates, apprenticeships, and high school students and others early in their career to ensure that the talent and the organization are positioned to achieve current and future business priorities


Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Establishes early in career strategy and multi-year program aligned with business and talent needs to include: effective onboarding and select apprenticeship, co-op/intern, and rotational experiences

  • Stewards rotational programs and intern transitions, ensuring the placement and retention of talent

  • Develops curriculum intended to speed time to productivity and effectiveness for early in career hires to include professional and technical-based skill building

  • Develops the tools, support and infrastructure to effectively transition from school to work life

  • Partners with the learning & development team to build manager capability in leading, coaching and developing early-in-career talent

  • Develops the WestRock early in career brand and value proposition with key stakeholders: schools (high schools, universities, vocational and technical schools); leaders; and candidates; and drives positive marketplace presence

  • Facilitates a vibrant early in career community and alumni association, creating connections and driving retention.  Provides tools and approaches to local sites to aid in their connections

  • Fosters alumni programs and experiences – connecting and leveraging alumni to support ongoing programs and the hires, themselves (high school, vocational/technical, college)

  • Stays abreast of industry and marketplace trends in early in career talent and ensures the WestRock program maintains its currency and business relevance

  • Works to target the most applicable local, regional and national schools with the right curriculum for the talent we need and measures the effectiveness of our relationship with the schools. 

  • Works with local schools to augment curriculum with a deep focus on the pulp and paper industry and related technical skills.

  • Partners with human resources, talent acquisition and select business leaders to create a workforce planning process that ensures we are planning for talent needs.

  • Works with mobility to ensure a smooth transition during assignments

  • Establishes an early in career dashboard and set of measures to track the success of the program and return on investment.

  • Manages and delivers on overall program budget 


  • 5-7 years relevant experience leading an early in career program, is a plus

  • Experience within Talent Management and Recruiting is ideal

  • Passion and experience growing and developing entry level talent

  • Strong time and project management, teamwork, execution and organizational skills

  • Proven coaching, developing and people management skills

  • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization

  • Strategic thinker with global mindset

  • Solid and persuasive verbal, written and consulting communication skills, strong presentation skills

  • Demonstrates organizational agility and ability to look across the enterprise

  • Leading an early in career program and experience with campus recruiting, is a plus 



  • BS/BA degree in related field 



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