Lead Machine Operator

Published October 3rd, 2023

Purpose   The Group Leader’s primary purpose is to assure that the overall coating line runs to optimum conditions.  The Group leader operates the coating head of the coating line while ensuring the equipment is maintained and run at optimal production requirements with limited downtime.   The group leader must have extensive working knowledge of all coating line positions.  This position requires three to five years of experience and training to acquire an overall understanding and basic performance requirements to run the equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Accountable for the safety of all employees for whom they are responsible through active engagement in safety activities and provides clear, consistent communication of safe work expectations.
  • Supports and investigates situations in which line/equipment stoppage occurs due to perceived, imminent safety risk.
  • Completes responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures, and applicable laws
  • Actively leads risk assessment activities for their area of responsibility by driving prioritized corrective and preventive actions to eliminate/reduce environmental, health or safety risks.
  • Lead all required meetings with safety (i.e. Pre-shift, Department, Change Management, General communication, Town Hall, etc.).
  • Completes incident investigations, root cause analysis and implements corrective actions accordingly in a timely and thorough manner. 
  • Ensures the proper training and development of all assigned employees for whom they are responsible.
  • Sets goals for their organizational unit; achieves goals and ensures that all employees understand and work toward achieving goals.
  • Motivates and coaches employees through good communication and frequent performance feedback.  Identifies and coordinates additional training as needed.

Primary Job Functions

  • Comply with all job related ISO quality procedures and customer specifications
  • Prior to loading the machine, review the Work Order (e.g. specification sheet, material requirements, process notes as applicable) and visually confirm that the proper raw materials have been prepared and staged
  • Visually inspect and confirm that prepared adhesive has been pre-labeled and tagged
  • With assistance and throughout the shift, manually and/or with material handling equipment, lift to load, unload, and store roll shafts
  • Operate the controls to periodically jog the machine to load, splice, flag, and unload machine as necessary
  • Cut and splice material throughout the run as necessary
  • Monitor coat weight throughout the run
  • Visually inspect and flag the product for defects and splices throughout every run.
  • Troubleshoot web problems as necessary
  • Operate material handling equipment (such as fork trucks, drum trucks, pallet jacks, hoists) to move, store, stage, and/or load raw materials and product
  • Report material issues/defects and/or equipment issues to respective Wind Up Operator, Group Leader (another shift) and/or Supervisor
  • Back up and/or assist Coater Operator and/or Coater Wind-Up Operator, as necessary, (e.g., breaks, absences, daily production process, etc.)
  • Assign duties to coating team members as needed
  • Perform other duties as required and directed


Coating LeadProvide day-to-day support to your shift team members, as needed


  • Plan, organize, & direct your shift team members to meet required deadlines, as needed 


  • In conjunction with your Supervisor, establish and/or enforce operating policies and procedures

General Duties & Inventory

  • Adhere to required inventory procedures which include the running out of all cured adhesives, emptying all drums completely, and using all butt rolls prior to pulling new materials
  • Complete the Daily Raw Material Usage Report and Adhesive Formulation Mix Sheet as required for each product run
  • Maintain the master/log number data (use of scan gun and written log or computer based inventory control system)

Other Job & Conduct Expectations

  • Teamwork is essential to this position and continued employment.  Employee must exercise excellent communication skills and interpersonal behavior at all times to avoid conflicts, to produce a cost-efficient and good quality product and to ensure safe and respectful working environment.
  • Operate to the highest level of safety while on the premises; is aware of all safety procedures and takes appropriate safety measures for this equipment.  Wear PPE where required in plant buildings, report all safety related issues and incidences, and follow all safety policies & procedures. 
  • Overtime when scheduled is required.  Shifts are usually fixed. Employee may be required to back-fill when a co-worker is on leave or absent.
  • Maintain high standards in housekeeping throughout work area and assist as required in other areas of the facility and grounds. Housekeeping includes thoroughly organizing and cleaning of work area and equipment.  Ensure spills or slick areas are promptly cleaned up.  Remove and properly discard or store unused or unnecessary materials, scrap, machine parts, garbage, etc. from work areas. Adhere to manufacturers’ SDS requirements for product handling, storage, and disposal as applicable.
  • Abide by all company policies and procedures
  • Arrive promptly for all required company meetings

Education, Experience, Skills

  • Must communicate fluently in English (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Basic computer skills
  • Basic knowledge of scan guns and/or inventory control system
  • If required to operate a forklift, must have previous experience and/or current certification

Mental Competencies

  • Alert and attentive, think, analyze, detect/identify, compute, sort, detail oriented, multi-task, comprehend, report, coordinate, organize, adapt to and/or manage distractions, work under stress and/or pressure, adapt to noise levels, flexible, react/respond

Working Conditions
Manufacturing Employee will work in a manufacturing/warehouse setting working on or around heavy and hazardous equipment for duration of shift (minimum 8 hours up to 12 hours).  Temperature will



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