Early Career Development Associate - Technical

Atlanta | Georgia | United States

About WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

Early Career Development Associate - Technical

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

Early Career Development

Career Opportunity:


The Early Career Development Program at WestRock is your opportunity to fast-track your career by gaining hands-on experience in WestRock’s industrial environments. As a part of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge and see the results of your work firsthand in the marketplace. Along the way, you will become familiar with production processes, gain valuable project management experience combined with gaining an understanding of equipment design, installation and startup. You’ll even be challenged to help improve these processes and troubleshoot production issues.


While these experiences are designed to provide opportunities in technically oriented positions such as process engineering, operations leadership, maintenance reliability and technical sales service, they also provide the experience necessary to lead to other opportunities. Previous hires with these technical backgrounds also hold commercial, supply chain, financial, marketing and senior management roles within WestRock at our domestic and international locations.


During the two-year program, you will rotate various locations. You will gain exposure to our paperboard and packaging operations. Your assignments will allow you to be at different locations, as well as different departments which enhance your overall knowledge and experience. You will also have access to ongoing development opportunities, from specialized training to engagement with national organizations. In addition to training opportunities, you’ll also have access to experienced mentors across the company.


What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, supply chain, packaging design or paper science required
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale
  • Up to two years related industrial experience
  • Ability to adapt quickly to a new working location
  • Engineering skills, technical aptitude
  • Strong project management, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload
  • Drive and initiative to go above and beyond to achieve goals while collaborating in a team environment
  • Integrity and commitment to high ethical standards
  • Interpersonal, presentation, oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in a manufacturing-oriented business

How you will impact WestRock:

As an Early Career Development Associate, you will work with some of the best minds in the industry. By applying your skills to increase efficiency, reliability, and productivity in WestRock’s production environment, you will be directly making an impact on the company. You will work to seek out and promote innovative solutions to operational challenges and support maintenance activities with a focus on preventative maintenance. Throughout your assignments, there will be a heavy emphasis placed on safety, teamwork and process improvement.

If this sounds great to you and you think you fit in, please submit your application. We want to hear from you!

WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.


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