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Lead Operator

Title: Lead Operator, Breather Bag
Department: Breather Bag
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina


To assist with monitoring safe production to ensure that the utmost quality standards are achieved and shipping schedules against acknowledged dates are met. It is expected that the Lead Operator shall help to facilitate continuous improvement in Manufacturing towards World Class standards, thereby delivering increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness and Best in Class Quality performance.


  • Ensure that safe working practices are always adhered to, including wearing PPE as appropriate. Acquire knowledge of Health & Safety procedures, work instructions, and associated documentation.
  • Comply with all Health & Safety Policies and instructions and actively contribute to Company efforts to promote site safety.
  • Actively support Team Leaders to embed Continuous Improvement tools in daily manufacturing practice.
  • Maximize productivity through efficient machine set-ups and minimising machine downtime by assisting crews with roll changes, break cover, batch close out, etc.
  • Training of new personnel to ensure that they are competent in all procedures that relate to the duties that they are required to perform – including MII & SAP functionality.
  • Assist on-the-job training so that employees can be up-skilled to operate breather bag equipment in line with specified quality & standard operating procedures.
  • Promptly identify any problems which arise which may interfere with production schedules and escalate to Team Leader/Shift Performance Manager.
  • Assist with cost reduction, waste reduction and operational improvement through the use of quality tools and structured problem-solving techniques.
  • Support breather bag operators troubleshoot daily production and process problems. Work closely with Process Engineering to investigate root causes of issues and help to implement corrective actions that ensure no defects occur post corrective action.
  • Assist in the monitoring of accuracy of performance and process data such as production standards, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Waste, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Will include participating in special projects as identified.



  • Academic qualification in Math & English
  • Computer literate

Specific Training:

  • Full certified on at least two Breather Bag machines


  • Two years manufacturing experience
  • Knowledge of production, quality, and Hygiene systems
  • No live disciplinary record


  • Ability to work indepently and collaboratively with limited supervision
  • Proven analytical thinking, results orientation and problem-solving skills

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