Title:  Printing (Press) Operator

Requisition ID:  3504

Hamel, MN, US, 55340

Department:  Hourly Plant & Mill (Except Maintenance Roles)
Travel:  No Travel Required

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At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. 


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.


If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you.


A World of Difference. Made Possible.


The Press Operator is assigned to operate and support equipment, including extruders, printers, metalizers, laminators, cutters, and gluers in a safe and efficient manner by performing make-ready and ensuring that production and quality levels meet established standards.


Independent judgment is necessary. Supervisors and shift leads are available as needed.



  1. Observes company safety rules and complies with safety practices.  Able to monitor area for safety hazards, as well as secure area during an emergency.
  2. Must be proficient in all 2nd Pressman duties.
  3. Must remain proficient in all Press Operator duties
  4. Ensures that product quality, production efficiencies, and scrap rates meet or exceed established standards.  Actively supports and uses quality control procedures (including SAP) that are in place.
  5. Operates assigned equipment in a safe and efficient manner and is responsible for shift production
  6. Directs activities of team operating assigned equipment when required.
  7. Identifies and resolves process and equipment problems, while continually striving to develop and implement improvements.
  8. Notifies management of potential problems and offers solutions to same.
  9. Prepares accurate production, inventory, and material usage reports.
  10. Performs and directs make-ready on assigned equipment.
  11. Performs preventive maintenance as required.
  12. Displays work habits that set example for peers
  13. Trains new employees in proper operating procedure.
  14. Performs general housekeeping functions in assigned areas.
  15. Responsible for compliance with all facility food safety, food defense, and quality policies and procedures including product safety (GMPs)/Sanitation policies and procedures.  Employee must continually work to promote the orderliness and cleanliness of their work area in support of AIB/5S and other company standards.
  16. Must be supportive of GPI’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values (Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork).
  17. Must be supportive and involved in GPI efforts for LEAN, 5S, Six Sigma and other Continuous Improvement programs and processes.
  18. Performs all other duties as assigned.
  19. Strives to clearly understand customer requirements and delivers results to meet or exceed customer expectations.
  20. Ability and responsibility to stop any process that is not meeting food safety requirements.
  21. Ability and responsibility to stop any process that is not meeting customer quality requirements.



  • High School Diploma/Equivalent required.
  • At least 3 years of experience with the same or similar equipment is required. KBA press experience is highly preferred.

Physical/Mental Requirements

Frequent/strenuous physical effort (e.g., lifting, moving heavy objects, etc.) required.  Conditions frequently involve noise, fumes, and hazardous chemicals

Graphic Packaging International is on a 7-day continuous operation.  Must be able to work overtime as required.

See Physical Demand & Job Analysis for more detailed information.

Hourly pay is $41.75 - $43.67



Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.

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