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Job Summary:  

The Press Operator is responsible for operating a flexographic printing press while ensuring production of highest quality product at the lowest possible cost, meeting performance standards, customer specifications, and delivery requirements. The Flexographic Press Operator must exhibit a safety-first attitude while performing all job functions and uphold company and department policies, procedures and standards. This individual should be a team player and must be willing to float across various operational areas to assist in the overall efficiency of the operations.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

– Reads and understands a job ticket to ensure correct product is produced to quantity and specification.
– Coordinates correct substrate, plates, ink and tooling according to individual job specifications.
– Maintains overall production and quality of jobs by operating press according to standard operating procedures.
– Makes decisions regarding quality, color control and color standards.
– Completes necessary paper work and records, including recording operations and inventory on computer.
– Completes multiple quality checks and tests to ensure product meets all physical and visual requirements.
– Monitors production throughout the run, making adjustments to reduce waste, and increase productivity.
– Assigns, trains and directs the work of the Flexographic Support Associate.
– Responsible for making minor equipment adjustments, completing basic repairs, as well as participating in preventative maintenance programs.
– Operates material handling equipment to move loads to staging area for finishing.
– Ensures all press procedures are followed and suggests updates to documentation.
– Recommends optimal strategies and ideas for efficient use of materials, equipment and scheduling.
– Performs Support Associate functions when needed, including clean-up activities following changeovers, cleaning ink pans and ancillary equipment, striping plates from cylinders, conducting wash-ups, staging cards for changeover activities, etc.
– Operates finishing equipment when necessary for production efficiencies.
– Maintains a clean workspace during and after each job and actively participates in 5S initiatives
– Supports facility’s continuous improvement efforts, including participation in Kaizen events and lean initiatives.
– Trains Support Associates to operate equipment through breaks and lunches to increase operational efficiencies. Serves as a mentor to other employees to support growth within the facility.
– Assists in developing the department’s Standard Operating Procedures.

Core Competencies:  

Continuous Learning – Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.

Collaborating – Working cooperatively with others to help a team or work group achieve its goals.

Authenticity  – Gaining other people’s trust by demonstrating openness and honesty, behaving consistently, and acting in accordance with moral, ethical, professional, and organizational guidelines.

Essential skills and experience: 

– 5 years related press experience and/or training or combination of relevant education and experience
– High school diploma or general education degree required
– Proficient computer skills and ability to navigate computer systems
– Good communication skills
– Strong math skills
– Detail oriented
– Positive attitude and a strong team player
– Problem solver
– Proven commitment to growth and organizational goals/policies (must not be on discipline for attendance, performance, or attitude)
– Ability to read a ruler and understand measurements
– Required to communicate frequently and effectively with coworkers, other departments, various levels of management, and suppliers to ensure Inland continues to reduce total cost, while increasing customer satisfaction.

Work Environment:  

Operates in a demanding, fast-paced, people-oriented manufacturing environment with frequent changes and interruptions, and multiple project assignments. Works with a variety of people including vendors, customers, employees, managers, and executives.

Required Work Schedule:  

Sunday – Thursday, third shift; 10:00 pm – 6:00 am
Ability to work overtime, when needed
Flexible to attend meetings or important functions which may occur during off hours, weekends, and holidays to meet organizational initiatives.

Physical Requirements:  

Vision acuity corrected to 20/40; Ability to lift up to 60 lbs.; must pass Ishihara Color Assessment and receive a minimum of average/normal color vision score on Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hues and D-15.

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