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Machine Operator Team Lead

Oxford, NC
Machine Operators and Team Leaders

Job Summary:

  The Machine Operator is responsible for the setup, operation, and cleanup of the entire carding nonwoven production line and packaging area. The individual in this position is required to lead a group of operators and packagers in achieving production goals which meet internal and customer requirements.

  This job requires the ability to operate highly automated PC-based manufacturing equipment, perform basic arithmetic, and apply problem-solving strategies to the production operation. It also requires the ability to manage both self and team, including ensuring that all operations on the line are being performed properly by qualified individuals. The Machine Operator works in a 12-hour rotating shift schedule, to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company. The Machine Operator Team Lead will report to Line Manager.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Ensures proper safety rules are followed.
  • Maintains work area and ensures housekeeping levels are maintained.
  • Organizes the work of assigned production team to achieve production and quality goals.
  • Supervises the work of team members to ensure correct production results.
  • Reacts to reports of nonconformance accurately and with urgency.
  • Start up, operate, and shut down equipment in accordance with Company safety procedures and in line with OSHA standards.
  • Communicate potential problems and/or inherent dangers to appropriate supervisors, managers, or team leaders.
  • Adhere to all company polices and other legal HSE requirements.
  • Comply with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Communicates directly with the maintenance department to coordinate maintenance and repair work in process areas.
  • Assists maintenance technicians in performing maintenance and repairs and Performs preventive maintenance activities as required.
  • Constantly reviews the operation of the line to monitor production and quality, anticipating and solving problems in a timely manner, and identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Maintains adequate records of key production variables such as production volume, yield, line uptime, waste, etc., on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis, as required. 
  • Samples and tests process streams as required by the QA program and procedures, and maintains QA records.
  • Understands and interprets QA results and takes appropriate action when required.
  • Participates in plant maintenance program and assists maintenance technicians in performing maintenance and repairs and Performs preventive maintenance activities as required and assists with diagnosing and trouble-shooting maintenance related issues.
  • Monitors use and inventories of process and supplies.
  • Provide training and assistance to meet process requirements.
  • Participates in projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs. 
  • Ensures safety is the main priority in any job performed
  • Reports on any unsafe conditions
  • Follows all Company US safety rules
  • Maintains an excellent level of housekeeping in the Production areas
  • Can locate, understand and follow all relevant work instructions and follow above rules

Job Requirements/Qualifications:
  • The minimum requirements for education and experience are high school diploma/GED and 3-5 years working experience in manufacturing environment (textile and nonwoven preferred); however consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience. Post-secondary education and /or a technical trade certificate are desired.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. routinely
  • Ability to push, pull, and roll 50 lbs. fabric
  • Ability to climb 6 ft. ladder
  • Ability to operate forklift and obtain forklift license
  • Ability to operate machinery
  • Ability to operate small power tools
  • Ability to remain standing for 12 hour shift with three breaks allotment
  • Ability to run all areas of the production operation, and mentor subordinate employees in proper safety, quality, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to operate Windows-based PC with proprietary software.
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and apply those operations to work instructions.
  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend instructions communicated in English.
  • Ability to collect, report, and interpret performance metrics and apply them to the production line.
  • Ability to work with other operators, packagers, lab personnel and supervisors in a professional, team-based environment, and responsive to customer and company needs.
  • Ability to work with basic MS-office software (Excel, Outlook, Word).
  • Ability to works on 12-hour shifts on rotation between days and night.
  • Other duties as assigned

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