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Title:  Lead Operator Apprentice (Poly Cup)

Requisition ID:  9997-159

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

Category:  Hourly Production & Manufacturing
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade: 

OPPORTUNITY: We are a Foodservice cup forming manufacturing operation seeking candidates to join our Shelbyville, Illinois team. This job posting is for a Lead Operator ApprenticePay begins at $20.37 / hour with scheduled progressions over 18-months to $21.65 / hour. $0.75 night shift differential.  We continually encourage our employees to advance their careers through on-the-job training and job progression through our strong promotion from within program.  Many of our roles are skilled trade positions and our employees build successful careers in the Printing & Packaging industry with an earning potential to $26.19 / hour plus shift differential.   We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation & Holidays, optional Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, including health spending accounts and a progressive healthy lifestyle program, and a 401-K program with a company matching component and standard supplemental company contributions. Employees may voluntarily elect Pet Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance Programs, Purchasing Power, Tuition Reimbursement, Aflac, Lifelock Identity Protection, and Hyatt Legal Services. Tobacco Cessation programs and an Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.


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JOB SUMMARY: Safely maintain the operation of cup forming or lid forming manufacturing equipment. Set up, adjust and make repairs to equipment as required to maintain standard quality and quantity of production. Understand and align business operations through execution of the role, exceeding customer expectations and aligning with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives.



JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Work within and adhere to GPI’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships and Teamwork.
  • Perform all duties in a safe and orderly manner; Be actively engaged in safety programs.
  • Ensure production of products consistent with established food safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • Set up, change over, adjust and make repairs to equipment as required to maintain standard quality and quantity of production by utilizing written standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and trouble cause correction (TCC’s) instructions.
  • Maintain 5S in assigned area, keeping work area and equipment clean and orderly; Maintains work system tools
  • Follow production schedule by machine and design; Complete necessary production reports.
  • Once qualified, instruct and train other operators.
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Meet required Key Performance Metrics (KPI’s).
  • Communicate with oncoming shift to ensure continuity of production, quality and safety.
  • Fulfill overtime requirements necessary to ensure production requirements are met.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties, as assigned.
  • Assist in other areas or perform other duties, as assigned.

Required Skills


  • 18 years or older.
  • Strong mechanical background.
  • Prior manufacturing experience.
  • Must have the skills necessary to perform technical tasks during operation and trouble-shooting.
  • Able to operate computers/keyboards.
  • Able to use hand and power tools properly and safely.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and detail orientation.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to follow verbal or written instructions.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.



  • 12-hour shifts with rotating weekends off. 
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position, with or without accommodation.  This includes: Walking or standing for extended periods of time, up to 12-hours; Lifting to 50lbs; Carrying to 30 lbs.; Lowering to 30 lbs. from a height of 4 feet; Visual acuity and depth perception; Working in various temperatures & humidity levels.




Required Experience



At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! 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 care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. 

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader 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 www.graphicpkg.com.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

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 EEO is the Law Poster.

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