Executive Director, Manufacturing Operations


Lenoir, NC, US, 28645

REQ ID:  46966

SEE designs and delivers packaging solutions that protect essential goods transported worldwide, preserve food, enable e-commerce and digital connectivity, and help create a global supply chain that is touchless, safer, less wasteful, and more resilient.

SEE strives to foster a caring, high-performance growth culture that will deliver consistent, sustainable profitable growth and accelerate our performance – a culture where accountability is clear and aligned, and where we reward business outcomes and impact. Our culture guides everything we do – how we partner with our customers and suppliers, attract and retain top talent, and create value for our stakeholders.

SEE generated $5.5 billion in revenue in 2023 and has approximately 17,000 employees. The company operates out of 46 countries/territories, and our products are distributed in 115 countries/territories around the world. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.

Job Description

Sealed Air is seeking a driven manufacturing professional to fulfill our current opening, Executive Director of Operations, located in the Lenoir, NC manufacturing facility reporting to the VP, APS, IFS, and Protective Supply Chain.  The qualified candidate will demonstrate top performance history in the following areas:  Lean Manufacturing, Product Engineering, Customer Service, Quality, Safety, Employee Relations, Service Delivery, and Procurement.  In addition to directly managing the Lenoir, NC manufacturing facility directly, this position will also have responsibility for the Supply Chain Manufacturing network including sites in Hudson, NC, Sycamore, IL and High Point, NC. The successful leader will promote a culture of continuous improvement, quality, Zero Harm, and world class manufacturing processes.  The position will establish robust process controls surrounding inventory, production goals, and customer delivery requirements; drive, oversee, and maintain the lean manufacturing environment.  Other responsibilities include maintaining communication and a close partnership with business leaders and other functions, a clear understanding of the corporate and competitive environment, the industry best practices, and the integration of these external factors into the site supply chain processes and deliverables.


Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Directs all activities across the manufacturing plant network relating to manufacturing industrial packaging products in accordance with the business plan and the strategic goals of the Company.
  • Order fulfillment, outbound logistics, distribution and export administration of finished goods.
  • Strategic purchasing and tactical management of suppliers of materials, components, execution of procurement, inbound logistics and import processes.
  • Management of monthly Sales & Operations Planning and tight collaboration with Supply Chain business leaders.

Long Description

  • Preparation of Annual Operation Plan.
  • Staff management, training, discipline, compliance to corporate policies & tools.
  • Leadership or participation to global, regional, or local strategic or tactical supply chain improvement projects or Capex projects.
  • Support R&D activities in Lenoir and across the network of sites.
  • Accountable for Supply Chain performance metrics against Corporate goals and AOP:  Safety, sustainability, service, lead times, quality, costs, variances, suppliers’ ppm.
  • Ownership for product inventory level and aged inventory.
  • Accountable for the delivery of Supply Chain operation budget direct and indirect, freight costs inbound and outbound.
  • Collaborates with senior management on strategic goals and sets short and long-term production and service goals for the Southeast network.
  • Establishes annual budget and capital submittals (CAPEX) for all production and production support cost centers.

Long Description

  • Directs and manages the overall production plan for the site collaborating with functional area managers on the determination of materials, space, equipment and personnel needs, the development and implementation of processes and procedures, assignment and execution of functional responsibilities, and determination of budget and cost constraints.
  • Communicates the Company’s strategic goals and vision for the Southeast network.
  • Evaluates performance against goals and adjusts allocations of resources (e.g. personnel, equipment, materials) as needed to optimize the operations of equipment, machinery and products produced, as well as market share of customers, quality of services provided, and cost efficiency of operations.
  • Reviews and analyzes reports of key business performance data.
  • Collaborates with the management team on operations and maintains knowledge of current market trends and best practices for region and industry.

Long Description

  • Manages team engaged in supervising day-to-day operations, providing strategic guidance, and collaborating to troubleshoot highly complex issues related to site operations.
  • Collaborates with global regulatory department to ensure Sealed Air products are within full compliance of all applicable state, local, and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Oversees employee training across the Southeast network of sites, and ensures all activities are performed in compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Participates in and ensures full support for site audits as necessary.
  • Integrates, standardizes, and maintains Six Sigma concepts and tools.
  • Reviews production plans in coordination with sales, engineering, purchasing, supply chain, and other relevant functions.
  • Acts as liaison between various company departments in the resolution of manufacturing and production issues.

Long Description

Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or engineering required; MBA is preferred
  • 10-15 years of results-oriented experience in manufacturing
  • Hands-on management approach with experience managing direct and indirect reports, assigning work, providing coaching, setting goals, staff development, and making management decisions both alone or in collaboration with management and Human Resources
  • Expertise in project management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with all levels from shop floor to senior management
  • Lean experience
  • Quality, Purchasing, and Safety knowledge and experience

Long Description

  • Hands-on management approach with the ability to act both strategically and tactically
  • Must be flexible, innovative, and comfortable in setting own priorities
  • Polished presentation, business acumen and facilitation skills
  • Strong organization and planning skills
  • Demonstrates the leadership behaviors: acts with a strategic mindset, adaptive decision maker, change champion, delivers performance, inspirational leader, and talent builder
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office, ERP manufacturing systems (Visual and/or SAP a plus), process mapping, and Six Sigma principles
  • Minimum Green Belt Certification or equivalent training and project completion may be considered

Requisition id: 46966 

Relocation: Yes  

SEE is committed to attracting, selecting, and developing talent that reflects the diversity of the communities and customers we serve. We take pride in our selection process to identify,  infuse, and grow talent to align with our culture, values, and norms. SEE prioritizes talent development, fostering a culture of continuous growth and career progression. The company is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and to all employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, protected disability, veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

*Please be cautious of fraudulent recruiting efforts using the SEE name or logo. SEE will never request private information during the application process, such as a Driver's License or Social Security Number. If you have any concerns about information received from SEE during the application process, please reach out to us directly at [email protected]




It is our responsibility to leverage what we have to affect positive and meaningful change for our communities and planet using Sealed Air’s global resources and expertise.

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