Title:  Lead Operator - Experienced

Requisition ID:  850

Shelbyville, IL, US, 62565

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

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.


Lead Operator - Experienced - Poly:

  • $1500 Retention Bonus for New Hires and Qualifying Rehires
  • Starting At $23.21, progressing to $24.38
  • Benefits Start on the 1st Of the Month Following Your Start Date


Safely maintain the operation of paper cup machines producing paper cups or tubs. Set up, adjust, and make repairs to equipment as required to maintain standard quality and quantity of production. Clean machines and department surroundings.



Wrenches, screw drivers, Allen wrenches, hammers, feeler gauges, dial calipers, micrometer, needle nose pliers, putty knives, paper towels, rags, spray bottles, compressed air guns, seam clamp lifting tool, utility knife, broom, mop, ergo tug and other various hand tools.



  • Perform all duties in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Be engaged, involved and current in SWO process; Participate in safety meetings and safety tours.
  • Ensure equipment meets safety standards, monitoring throughout the shift.
  • Observe, mitigate and/or report unsafe acts or conditions.
  • Complete shut-down and start-up procedures.
  • Produce products consistent with established food safety, sanitation, and quality standards.
  • Set up, adjust, and repair equipment utilizing written standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and trouble cause correction (TCC’s) instructions.
  • Monitor operation of machines, checking fluids in mineral oil pots.
  • Maintain bottom stock ink jet printers.
  • Assist lead operators in servicing the machine with glue, mineral oil or silicone required for proper operation.
  • Assist lead operator in retrieving blank carts from staging area and returning them when they are empty.
  • Move, place, and thread bottom stock and safely secure to finisher with minimum waste.
  • Perform quality checks on product: fiber teardown, print, scuffs, and proper date code.
  • Record mineral oil usage (total used per shift).
  • Complete a machine operator finishing rounds check list, daily paperwork and computer production reports.
  • Remove excess damaged paper stock from the machine tops and clear bottom paper stock from scrap tube.
  • Lubricate finishers.
  • Perform case erector and bagger changeovers.
  • Empty spoilage boxes from both side wall stock and bottom stock.
  • Actively participate in daily team production meetings – communicate key items within the plant environment on safety, quality, maintenance, production, and continuous improvement.
  • Perform basic care preventative maintenance tasks, i.e., basic cleaning of machine, etc.
  • Stock supplies, as appropriate.
  • Run the Kirk Rudy ink jet finisher, as required.
  • Maintain 5S in work area. Maintain a clean machine to avoid malfunctions and hazards.
  • Perform prescribed quality checks. Trouble-shoot quality concerns. Make minor adjustments to solve defects.
  • Assist the Quality Assurance in sorting through finished product at our distribution center.
  • Notify supervisor and/or group leader, or Quality Assurance of problems that arise beyond a Lead Operator’s typical scope, i.e., poor product quality, excessive spoilage, mechanical issues, supply shortages and material handling issues.
  • Once qualified, instruct and train others, including other lead operators and apprentices.
  • Manage workload as necessary to ensure production requirements.
  • Communicate effectively with supervisor, group leader, peers, other employees, and oncoming shift.
  • Actively participate and maintain Work System initiatives.
  • Perform all machine operator duties, as required.
  • Perform machine operator, packer, material handler duties, as required; relieve for breaks and lunches; Assist in other areas, as needed.
  • Fulfill overtime requirements.



  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Experience and ability to work in a fast-paced/multi-tasked manufacturing environment.
  • Basic mechanical background and skill level to perform technical tasks:
    • Familiar with and able to use hand and power tools properly and safely (reference “Work Devices” section of this job posting)
    • Familiar with mechanical components and equipment
    • Basic troubleshooting skills
  • General computer experience.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills; Must be able to work well with all levels of personnel, individually or in a team environment; Must be able to interface and communicate with others to assist with repairs and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and detail orientation.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to take direction from others, and to follow verbal or written instructions.
  • Able to work well on own, as well as work well with and through others to accomplish goals.
  • Able to work overtime, and to work on alternate shifts to facilitate training and to cover the opposite shift.
  • Able to train on a day shift 8-hour schedule Monday-Friday (7:00 A.M.–3:30 P.M.) for up to 30 days, if necessary. (Majority of training will occur on shift).
  • 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.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Decatur