Production Manager - Coated Products
Why did I join Smurfit Kappa?
I was looking for a stable growing company with opportunities for advancement. The company has a reputation for success and I wanted to be a part of the innovative culture. I also wanted to utilize and enhance my skill set to assist the company become the leader in the industry. Smurfit Kappa is also known for taking care of employees while at the same time requiring higher standards than most employers.
My career path with the company
I joined the company at an entry level position eighteen years ago and Smurfit Kappa has provided the gateway for advancement. I am currently the Production Manager for the Coating Division in Forney, TX. I am proud to say that I took advantage of the tuition reimbursement program and earned a Bachelor of Business degree while working full time. The sky is the limit here at Smurfit Kappa if the effort is applied. I am proud to work for such an advanced company with outstanding people who are continuously searching for avenues to stay ahead of the industry.
What I am currently working on ?
I am currently preparing to work towards a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification which will allow our team to continue being creative and minimize cost while maximizing the profit margin. We are always identifying sources which will allow us to grow and think outside of the box. Our team is committed to research and intelligently try new ideas in order to stay ahead of the industry.
What has been the most rewarding experience at Smurfit Kappa?
The most rewarding experience is to have been part of two start-ups with Smurfit Kappa. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the start-up at the Liner Board Paper Machine and at the Off Line Coating Division. I was able to work along the side of great people and learn about the paper making process / end user packaging needs which has contributed to my skill set. I plan on utilizing the tools provided to continue my progression within the company. I am proud to be part of a successful company which continuously focuses on advancing while committing to protecting the environment.
What does one working week look like?
There is never the same routine at the Coating Division. We are continuously researching and developing new products for the market. This takes a lot of team work and effort. We all work together to keep up with the fast paced production line and customer demands. The majority of our products are custom tailored to the customer’s process which keeps our team focused on every product delivered. I really love my job because I enjoy the challenges of having to create new products and processes to keep up with the market’s demand.
What does the future hold?
I plan on continuing to learn from teammates at Smurfit Kappa as well as educational resources to advance within the company. My goal is to grow professionally and personally while performing at higher levels than the industry standard to keep Smurfit Kappa number one in the market.
What advice would you give someone considering joining Smurfit Kappa?
The sky is the limit at Smurfit Kappa if you are prepared to work hard and be a team player. The standards are higher and rewards are in place if the effort is put forth. Smurfit Kappa is a successful global company because of the innovative and achieving culture.