ROLE: To perform all duties of Packaging Team Leader, with responsibility for performing all related machine set-up and maintenance functions on the inserter/collator and auxiliary equipment. To achieve departmental standards of reliability, productivity, established quality standards and expected levels of customer service by directing the operations of an inserter/collator packaging team.
To set-up automatic equipment including inserter/collator, tyers, stackers, hopper loaders, bundlers, printers, polywrapper, palletizer and other support equipment to ensure correct operation. To ensure efficient production and quality products are produced with correct sections and freestanding inserts.
To perform preventative maintenance and mechanical repairs on a daily basis or when needed/required on inserter/collator and related equipment in a manner to ensure the safe and efficient operation of this equipment. To communicate and follow up with maintenance shops on machinery in need of service to ensure completion of all requested work.
To inspect the contents of inserted/collated packages to ensure established quality standards for all products are being met. To inform operations managers of any error or accident that will impact the integrity of the products being produced.
To provide professional leadership and direction to inserter/collator packaging team members while maintaining a productive atmosphere and high morale. To conduct performance appraisals and performance profiles for inserter/collator packaging team members.
To establish and promote a safe and healthy work environment for the department. Follow policies, programs and procedures outlined by environmental safety manager. To inspect the work area daily and throughout shift, ensuring a clean and organized work environment
To be familiar with and adhere to department policies and procedures, including but not limited to standards of performance, attendance policy, safety policy, overtime policy, substance abuse policy, housekeeping, forklift operation, etc.
To execute training and coaching for inserter/collator packaging team members in all facets of inserting/collating operation including but not limited to: hopper feeding, backline operation, equipment repair as required, and labeling.
To maintain effective and open communication with operations managers and co-workers on any matters that may impact the production and/or distribution of the product, and to report to the operations managers other matters that require his/her attention.
To accurately complete all shift, quality, press delivery and production related reports as required.
To complete other tasks as assigned by management
Must have a high school diploma or acceptable equivalency.
A minimum of 3-4 years previous experience as a Packager in a newspaper production environment is required.
Must have strong mechanical aptitude, skilled in the use of basic mechanical tools, and the ability to operate equipment including inserters, collators, labelers, printers, stackers and tyers
Must have effective Verbal and written communication skills and be able to interact effectively with a diverse workforce.
Must have sound decision-making and problem-solving capabilities and the ability to work independently with little supervision.
Certification and skill in the operation of industrial forklift trucks and pallet jacks is required.
Must be able to distinguish audible sounds and visual signals in order to walk about safely in close proximity to heavy industrial equipment.
Working environment requires exposure to high noise levels and paper dust.
Must be able to stand continuously, walk and bend frequently and lift up to 50 pounds.