Vanguard Companies is one of the industry’s largest corrugated merchandising solution providers. We combine great products with a knowledgeable team to provide superior operations, service, and quality.

We are a family of companies. Our expertise in point-of-purchase displays and retail-ready graphic packaging is seen through Vanguard Packaging, e-commerce packaging solutions by BoxGenie, industrial packaging via Great Plains Packaging, and fulfillment services through Advanced Logistics and Fulfillment (ALF). We believe in the power of strong collaborative partnerships and thought leadership. We are focused on helping our partners reduce program cost, drive brand value, sell more product, and improve their bottom line.

We are committed to sustainability using sustainable business practices and are recognized as the most sustainable packaging company in North America. The Vanguard Companies strive to create a diverse environment which embraces difference and fosters inclusion. This collective sum of unique capabilities and talent is ultimately how we have earned our reputation and achievements.

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REGIONAL SALES MANAGER – Kansas City, MO – RSM- KC – Apply Here

Responsible for the training and oversight of Sales Representatives. Assist Sales Representatives with generating new business and sales opportunities. Develops relationships with new and existing customers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist Sales Representatives with prospecting, cold calling, qualifying accounts, and calling on current customers on a weekly basis. Coach representatives on performance and motivate to sell.
  • Train new sales force members.
  • Manage data through Salesforce to drive strategic sales and create accountability in sales team.
  • Call on assigned accounts and maintain contact with all accounts.
  • Assist in performance reviews of sales force and in preparing annual sales budget forecast.
  • Report out regularly against sales metrics to drive accountability.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to drive process improvement and ensure best in class customer engagement. 
  • Oversee the collections of accounts receivables.
  • Develop new business opportunities.
  • Understand costs, estimating system, and assist Sales Manager in pricing.
  • Deal with and solve problems with customers and sales force in a professional manner.
  • Comply with company policies and procedures.
  • Additional duties as assigned by management.

Leadership Attributes

  • Superior time management skills including the ability to manage multiple issues concurrently and the ability to lead an effective and efficient meeting.
  • Teaching skills to function effectively as a teacher for his personnel both in the sales and administrative parts of the position.
  • Excellent crisis manager who demonstrates that he/she has a high emotional control under adverse conditions and can lead his/her personnel to a successful resolution.
  • Excellent employee relations skills including being an active listener, understanding how to appraise personnel, applying both positive and corrective feedback, being able to resolve conflicts either involving the supervisor directly or as a third party, understands and demonstrates positive motivational skills including coaching and delegation techniques.
  • Demonstrated confidence including providing a consistent leadership style with an acceptable level of professional assertiveness.
  • Professional appearance to support his/her role as a managerial representative.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED plus related college courses
  • Five years successful, corrugated sales experience
  • Three years supervisory experience as a proven manager

Preferred Qualifications

  • Local market knowledge

PROGRAM MANAGER – Sales/Operations – Bentonville, AR  Program Manager – Apply Here

The Program Manager will support sales and operations by managing execution steps within the lifecycle of a program timeline through scheduling, overall coordination, implementation, execution, and completion ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments, and goals. This position requires excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and implementation of program.
  • Ensures all projects stay on track and meet established deadlines through timelines.
  • Evaluates problem situations to identify causes, gathers, and processes relevant information, generates possible solutions, and/or resolves the problem.
  • Sets priorities, develops a work schedule, monitors project progress, and tracks and oversees details/data / information/activities.
  • Manage inventory process with internal and outside facilities. Review inbound/outbound information for accuracy and discrepancies while Communicating results to required internal/external contacts.
  • Assesses situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and collaborates to make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Maintains strong communication lines with sales team, operations team, and or clients regarding all programs assigned.
  • Reduce financial risk associated with projects by being proactive and communicating concerns to associated parties and management
  • Identify and document opportunities for improvement throughout the lifecycle of a project
  • Review and ensure that all assigned projects are scheduled and managed according to customers’ expectations.
  • Track specific aspects of a program from concept to shipment,
  • Ensure all projects meet company quality standards.
  • Grows healthy/professional relationships with coworkers, retailers, & suppliers
  • Focuses on driving process improvement initiatives that will enhance productivity and efficiency
  • Occasional travel to support the business of approximately 10% – 15%.
  • Attendance is an essential duty.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED or equivalent education and work experience
  • 3 years of program/project management experience
  • Previous experience in managing multiple projects
  • Proficient in MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and CRM tools.
  • Strong organizational and follow up skills.
  • Ability to travel on occasion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the corrugated, printing, packaging, or manufacturing industry

PROJECT MANAGER- Client Services – Kansas City, MO –  Project Manager – Apply Here

The Project Manager will be responsible for the management all projects according to Customer’s expectations. Monitoring inventory, reporting on the movement of stock. Tracking projects from concept to shipping. Provide project updates to various departments. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Review and ensure that all assigned projects are scheduled and managed according to customers’ expectations. 
  • Attend scheduling meetings.
  • Monitor inventory, warehouse items. Provide input to management as to availability of stock, slow moving, and fast-moving items.
  • Establish, initiate, and monitor timelines for full programs.
  • Manage program to ensure all active participants are on target.
  • Track specific aspects of a program from concept to shipment,
  • Keep all personnel informed of problems and situations that may affect the performance of sales service, scheduling, and shipping.
  • Additionally, includes all duties of an Estimator and Customer Service Representative
  • Ensure all projects meet company quality standards. 
  • Complies with company policies and procedures.
  • Additional duties as assigned by management.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Five years’ experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Prior work experience in the corrugated industry.
  • Computer literate (MS Excel and MS Word)

OPERATIONAL GENERAL MANAGER – Kansas City, MO –  Operations GM – Apply Here

The Operational General Manager provides the leadership and management to drive improvement through the proper operational practices and controls that ensure superior manufacturing execution, delivering, year over year performance improvement for multiple business units in the mid-west. The OGM validates that all required resources are effectively executed to safeguard the operating efficiencies and strengths of the company today and prepare for growth. This leader is responsible for two manufacturing plants and one assembly and fulfillment warehouse operation. The position is responsible for maintaining a positive work environment and building employee engagement while establishing operational budgets and cost controls that help achieve financial success. The OGM leads the operational department heads in establishing and implementing objectives, procedures, and processes that support the company’s mission. The positions goals are accomplished by supporting the vision set forth by the COO and executive management team while guided by the mission and objectives of the company. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Codify and sustain a strong working production environment ensuring that environmental, health, safety and quality methods and practices are in place and effectively managed including Vanguard ISO standards to promote a culture of health and safety.
  • Oversight of day-to-day manufacturing operations.
  • Successfully assimilate new revenue growth.
  • Consorted effort to find cost out opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively across Vanguard Companies while specifically overseeing manufacturing, shipping / receiving, maintenance, quality, distribution, and warehousing in accordance with policies, principles, and established procedures.
  • Manage employee performance by establishing and maintaining clear expectations, goals, and objectives, tracking progress against goals and objectives, and providing feedback and in a professional manner which supports the company’s vison.
  • Foster a success-oriented environment while ensuring accountability of participants within the organization.
  • Work with management team to set and maintain operational cost budgets.
  • Lead team in the development and managing of effective repairs and maintenance budget.
  • Provide leadership in companies position of superior manufacturing capabilities, maintenance and management of production assets, and developments of capital expense plan and request to maintain top performance.
  • Lead manufacturing team in adherence to and best practices in use of ERP and other manufacturing systems.
  • Lead manufacturing team in maintaining and adherence of production reporting practices to ensure integrity of job cost and estimating system.
  • Collaborate with the management team to develop and implement changes to the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel to accomplish sustainability and growth of the organization.
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of short and long-term improvement plans, including production incentive programs, production training programs, supervision training exercises and other operation excellence initiatives.
  • Leads manufacturing team in collaboration with HR in employee retention and engagement.
  • Ensure that capacity and manufacturing schedules are meeting customer expectations and needs to facilitate growth.
  • Work with Materials Department to assist in best practices for procurement of raw materials and plant scheduling.
  • Work closely with COO and sales leadership to implement new opportunities.
  • Comply with company policies and procedures.
  • Additional duties as assigned by COO.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Management Operations, Engineering, technical degree, or related field or equivalent educations and experience
  • Seven (7) plus years of leadership experience in a plant management, general management, or a mid-career level role
  • Strong management, leadership, and communication skills within a manufacturing environment
  • Professional, hands-on, action-oriented manager with ability to drive results
  • Ability to mentor and build effective employees, supervisors and teams through the identification and development of skills, capabilities, and leadership of others
  • Strong business management characteristics including budgeting, labor planning, forecasting, equipment planning, compliance, and other financial controls
  • High level of integrity with a proven track record of initiative, integrity, business ethics and professionalism.
  • Leadership skills including creative problem solving, planning, organizing, developing talent and ability to sponsor change

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Corrugated display, industrial packaging or closely related industry experience preferred
  • Strong continuous improvement experience
  • Experience in managing an assembly and fulfillment operation
  • eCommerce business experience with buildout of newly developed eCommerce platform

Application Assistance

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, contact Vanguard Packaging Human Resources at 816.455.4000.


Vanguard Packaging, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.