General Manager - Gannett Publishing Services/Wausau, WI

General Manager

Gannett Publishing Services

Wausau, WI

Job Purpose:

  • Under the direction of the Regional Manager—the General Manager is accountable for the performance of all production management functions and work centers that include, but are not limited to: Administration, imaging/platemaking, press, packaging, and building services (as applicable).
  • Performance accountability includes: Production & staff scheduling; annual budgeting; monthly / quarterly expense estimates (flash); purchasing & inventory of newsprint, ink, plates, parts & supplies; equipment maintenance & repair; labor relations; staff training, development & performance reviews; capital project development; OSHA & EPA compliance; product quality; on-time performance; commercial print relations; and customer service.
  • The primary objective is to consistently execute efficient operations to achieve & maintain on-time production, product quality standards, low waste, operational safety, and planned profitability.


  • Responsible for managing all production functions, activities and resources to achieve operational goals.
  • Works a flexible schedule as needed to address operations across multiple shifts.

Accountable for team performance to achieve & maintain:

  • Business continuity
  • Asset management
  • Strategic planning objectives
  • Stable inventories: Newsprint, ink, plates, supplies, spare parts
  • Stable labor relations, negotiations & contract compliance (as applicable)
  • Staff development, retention & performance reviews
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Process improvements
  • On-time performance
  • Product quality standards
  • Waste goals
  • Operational safety
  • OSHA & EPA compliance
  • Annual budget preparation
  • Monthly / quarterly financial performance & reporting compliance
  • Monthly / quarterly expense & revenue estimates (flash)
  • Capital project development & management
  • Commercial print relations
  • Planned profitability
  • Positive employee & customer relations


Always work in a safe manner, and consistently utilize required safety equipment:

  • Maintain ergonomic work practices
  • Complete required annual OSHA safety training programs: Lockout/Tag-out, Hazardous Communications, Personal Protective Equipment, Hearing Conservation, Blood Borne Pathogens, Forklift.
  • Ensure all machine safety-guards are installed, functioning properly, and in use.
  • Constant housekeeping to maintain neat and organized work spaces.
  • Promote top-of-mind safety awareness.


  • Provide timely & accurate reports and information to the local operations team & GPS regional management.
  • Immediately notify the Regional Director of the following circumstances:
  • Operations fall one hour behind schedule
  • Potential hard-down equipment failures
  • Major product quality or production errors
  • OSHA, EPA or other regulatory inspection / audit requests
  • Safety hazards
  • All accidents & injuries
  • Serious equipment damage


  • Area of Influence. Indicate the position’s primary area of responsibility (e.g., Head of a Business Unit, Department, etc.).
  • Identify internal client groups or dotted-line reporting relationships that are critical to the job. Please include the frequency of the contact, if relevant.
  • Regional management
  • Press room operations
  • Reel room operations
  • Imaging / platemaking / computer to plate (CTP) operations
  • Packaging operations
  • Newsprint / warehouse oversight
  • Facility oversight (as applicable)

Education: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Associate / Bachelor operations, management, or business degree preferred.

Experience Required: Minimum ten years newspaper operations management (or similar field) experience.

Skills: Lean production / Worksmart fundamentals

  • Site specific CTP / Press / Packaging equipment & systems
  • Generally accepted accounted principles
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting Manual

Technology: PC Skills, Microsoft Office: E-mail, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Basic understating of computer networking & electronics.

Managerial Responsibilities: Supervises/Manages others (i.e. hires, prepares appraisals, disciplines, etc.)

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