General Manager Recycling - Tampa, FL

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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

General Manager Recycling - Tampa, FL


5111 N 26th St
Tampa, Florida, 33610
United States

The Opportunity:
The General Manager at WestRock Tampa, FL Recycle plan is responsible for the total operation and financial success of the facility. Management areas include plant operations, compliance, safety, business development, employee management, and meeting corporate financial goals
As site leader, the General Manager is responsible for the safety, operational excellence and business results of a large, multi-product recycling facility. To successfully achieve the desired results, the GM has oversight and ownership for all business results working closely across all functions.
Key areas of accountability include:
• Drive a culture of safety across the facility, investing in behavioral recognition programs and a strong focus on hazard recognition and prevention utilizing corporate resources and programs.
• Ensure a systemic approach to maintenance, delivering a preventative maintenance plan and investment in appropriate capital projects.
• Work closely with sales/supply resources to ensure appropriate recycle contracts and drive profitable disposition of product.
• Engages across local business and government operations to ensure contracts and services to the benefit of all.
• Works closely with sister paper mills as customer to ensure their quality and service needs are met daily.
• Collaborates with procurement, logistics, service, customers to ensure best landed cost of product to internal paper mills.
• Negotiations with outside contractors, vendors, suppliers to ensure competitive services and prices as needed.
• Understands and drives the financial performance of the business.
• Engages regularly with employees to ensure alignment, communication and engagement across the facility.
• Leads with integrity and ensure the facility is compliant with all appropriate standards, policies and regulations.
• Works with on-site 3PL fleet management to ensure best service and lowest cost to PU/deliver material
• Seeks out and develops new opportunities for increased business.
• Work closely with sales manager in developing and maintaining relationships with key accounts.
• Build effective relationships with all departments in plant to produce strong customer relationships and a superior product.
• Build effective alliances with other WestRock plants to better serve customers that cross multiple plants.
• Provide a vision for the plant strategically linking resources of the facility with its respective markets.
• Foster employee development through training and other resources
• Values and seeks contributions from all team members and facilitate regular team meetings.
• Control cost within budgetary limits to achieve profitability.
• Review and understand annual budget, forecasts and monthly financial summaries for area
• Responsible for management of assets (P&L) to include material sourcing-procurement, sales, safety, plant operations, customer service, environmental, and quality.
What You Need to Succeed:
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Experience in waste/recycle handling required.
General Manager or operations management experience preferred
Leadership experience a must
Effective negotiating skills.
Ability to operate with the customer's best interest in mind.
What we offer:
Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence
Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities
An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential
A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.
WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans. 

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