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GM Leadership Development Program


General Management Leadership Development Program



This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 125 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can build on our history, while creating future success.


We currently have seven openings for our Management Development Program in the Northeast United States.  We are looking for motivated individuals who have managerial experience and an interest in growing their career with a world class manufacturing company.  This 12 month program is intended to expand an individual’s knowledge and skills through a variety of general business, commercial, manufacturing and leadership experiences to develop future leaders for the company.  


Position Title:

General Management Leadership Development  Program


Base Pay Rate:


Multiple factors, including Individual experience, skills and abilities will determine where an employee is ultimately placed in the pay range.  Variable pay may provide additional opportunities for financial awards. This job is eligible to participate in IP’s annual incentive plan.



Salaried Full-Time


Physical Location:

There are multiple opportunities to join International Paper in this role. We are hiring in the following locations:

  • Rochester, NY
  • Spotswood, NJ
  • Putnam, CT
  • Auburn, ME
  • Biglerville, PA
  • Atglen, PA
  • Hazleton, PA


The Job You Will Perform:

  • Develop deep knowledge of the packaging business, manufacturing and commercial operations as well as support functions;
  • Actively participate in developmental/rotational experiences related to general business, manufacturing, commercial management and leadership;
  • Work closely with facility personnel to enhance existing  processes and procedures in commercial and manufacturing areas;
  • Take an active role in special projects and development of solutions related to safety, market/pricing strategy, labor efficiency, process improvement, quality, capacity balance, and logistics issues;
  • Assist in plant operations and evaluation of strategic equipment upgrades to achieve facility objectives;
  • Work with commercial representatives on customer interactions regarding capability, product offerings, quality, systems and service;
  • Coach, train and engage employees on the business and the impact they have on business results;
  • Build relationships and share best practices within Management Development Program cohort;
  • Actively participate in cohort leadership development opportunities multiple times during the year;


The Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge You Will Bring:

  • Four year college degree
  • 6-10 years of progressive work and management experiences in manufacturing,  commercial or administrative functions;
  • Previous managerial experiences and leading others;  preferably in a manufacturing organization;
  • Willingness to participate in a developmental program for career growth on a General Manager track
  • Desire to have a career in leadership and leading organizations
  • Mobile for future opportunities, focused on the Northeast United States
  • Competencies include functional/technical skills, integrity, drive for results, motivating others, customer focus, action oriented, business acumen, command skills, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Relocation provided
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.


The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans;  Benefits plans include Medical, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts Life insurance, Short-term and Long-term Disability, 401(k) with company match, company-funded retirement contributions, Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), Student Loan Repayment Assistance, and Voluntary Benefits (including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets) 


The Career You Will Build:

The opportunity to join a global company, learn the business, commercial and operational aspects of the packaging industry, bring new ideas and contribute to our success while positioning yourself for more senior general management and leadership roles within International Paper.


The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the planet, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 125 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP.


The Culture You Will Experience:

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. We have team members all around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These are our strengths. We are committed to creating a culture where all individuals are respected, valued, engaged and have an opportunity to do their best work every day. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly inclusive and diverse culture.


The Company You Will Join:

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of sustainable packaging, pulp and other fiber-based products, and one of the world’s largest recyclers.  Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 39,000 colleagues globally who are committed to creating what’s next.  We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2023 were $18.9 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting


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Hazleton, PA, US, 18202

Category:  Manufacturing
Date:  May 28, 2024

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