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Sonoco Manufacturing Associate (Plastics) – Emerging Leaders Program in Chillicothe, Missouri

Job DescriptionThe Sonoco Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to help you develop leadership skills, gain technical knowledge, establish strong business skills and understand Sonoco’s culture and processes. The program is a blend of hands-on experiences and opportunities. Throughout the program you can expect to gain a better understanding of your leadership style and contribute to Sonoco through valuable project work.

Sonoco is a very diversified company. We have 16 business units and most are looking to hire, including; Rigid Paper & Closures, Global Plastics, Flexibles, Paper, Recycling, Consumer Technology/R&D, Protective Solutions, Tubes & Cores, and more! Whichever business unit you join, you can expect a tailored experience!

Your time spent in the ELP will cover specific core objectives as follows (but not limited to):

  • Technical Skills Training - Safety, Quality, Scheduling, Customer satisfaction

  • Leadership Training – Supervisory skills, Performance Management, Mentorship

  • Business Insights - Accountability, Execution, Risk Taking, Budgeting

  • Culture Integration – including Communication, Collaboration and Innovation

Our hope is that in time, you’ll be a business leader! Whether that means you become a Plant Manager, Director of Finance, Supply Chain Leader, Regional Manufacturing Director, etc., the opportunities are endless.

We want employees who can help us live our purpose each and every day. Our core belief is the People Build Businesses, by ‘Doing the Right Thing’. To become a member of the ELP you must have strong ethics, a passion for innovation, and be willing to go the extra mile.

We look for students who:

  • Have or will obtain a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Engineering, Sciences, Technology or Business by December 2020 or May 2021

  • Previous internship experience (preferably in Manufacturing or functional area)

  • Proven leadership experience

  • Technical aptitude

  • Strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

All ELP Associates must be open to relocation (immediately or in the future), and be willing to work rotating or late shifts.

Although these positions are listed in specific locations, candidates will be matched based off their unique experiences and the specific location needs. We ask that our Emerging Leader and Interns remain flexible in their location preferences.


We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE: SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5.4 billion, the Company has 23,000 employees working in approximately 300 operations in 36 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, services and programs for our customers, employees and communities that support our corporate purpose of Better Packaging. Better Life. The Company ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2019 as well as Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies.