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Title:  Press Operator Assistant $24.53/hour and $2500 signing Bonus

Requisition ID:  19763-159

Portland, OR, US, 97217

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required

Press Assistant              

The Graphic Packaging International Portland plant is an international supplier of flexible food packaging structures. The plant core processes are continuous web including multi-color flexo-printing, extrusion coating, and water based coatings. Finished products are in roll form and to support this we have a department of finishing equipment dedicated to convert large internal rolls to final customer specifications.

We currently have immediate openings for a career minded individual to join our team as a Press Assistant. Are you interested in a career in Flexo-Printing?  This is a great opportunity to start a career with a company invested in your success.  The opportunity to grow into higher paying operator jobs has never been better. The position will be active in developing a culture of an incident free workplace, continuous improvement, and results-orientated success. The plant is a 24/5 operation part of the year and at 24/7 operation part of the year. Successful applicants must be available to work all shifts and overtime.


Job Duties:

  • Load and unload raw and finishing stock on presses
  • Check in viscosity and PH
  • Install and remove plate and anilox cylinders
  • Clean plates and anilox cylinders
  • Install and remove ink tanks
  • Add fresh ink to ink tanks
  • Assist operator wash print drum
  • Assist operator pumping up and draining down ink
  • Assist in webbing up the press


Job requirements:

  • 18 years or older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Able and willingness to work all days and shifts, including weekends, holidays, and mandatory overtime
  • Pass post offer physical, drug screen and criminal background check
  • Print on Paper
  • Must be able to distinguish colors
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Familiar with high-speed web processes.
  • 1 year of experience in a production printing environment
  • Entry Level Computer skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Must be able to read and write English
  • Must be able to work night shift
  • Must be able to work 12-hour shifts
  • Must be able to work overtime
  • Must be able to work weekends
  • You will be required to wear steel toes shoes, hair and/or beard nets, safety glasses and earplugs at a minimum


Skills that would be a plus:

  • Knowledge of SAP, Lean Manufacturing, flexo-printing experience on paper and/or poly film, can show demonstrated successes, and have worked with up to eight (8) color line or register (process) print are a plus


Shift Schedule:

  • Press department:  8 hours, days, swing, or nights (6:30 AM-2:30 PM, 2:30 PM-10:30 PM, 10:30 PM-6:30 AM, Monday through Friday.  Some overtime is required.
  • Finishing department:  Currently on 8-hour shifts.  As we staff up we will be working 12-hour shifts (6:30 AM-6:30 PM or 6:30 PM-6:30 AM)

Employees will first be trained as a Helper and work either 8-hour shifts or 12-hour shifts depending on the schedule in the Labor Pool   Once they complete that training they will move to the Press Department and being training as an assistant.  

We are looking for people to help grow our culture to create an incident free work place, using standard work practices to drive out waste and continuously improve equipment reliability all aimed at reducing costs to support our business viability. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.7


Hourly Rate:

  • $24.53/hour


Shift Differential:

  • $0.30/hour Swing
  • $0.40/hour Nights

Shift Schedule:

  • Press department:  8 hours, days, swing, or nights (6:30 AM-2:30 PM, 2:30 PM-10:30 PM, 10:30 PM-6:30 AM, Monday through Friday.  Some overtime is required.
  • Finishing department:  Currently on 8-hour shifts.  As we staff up we will be working 12-hour shifts (6:30 AM-6:30 PM or 6:30 PM-6:30 AM)


Signing Bonus

$2500 paid every other month for 12 months 



  • AWPPW (Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers)



  • Medical/Prescription/Dental/Vision
  • 401(k)
  • Life Insurance/AD&D
  • Short Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Pet Insurance
  • Home & Auto Insurance Programs
  • Purchasing Power
  • Aflac
  • LifeLock Identity Protection
  • MetLife Legal Services
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.

Required Experience

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. Learn more about us at

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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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