Packaging Specialist
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Packaging Specialist
Ref No.: 15-02503
Location: Nottingham, Pennsylvania
Position Type:Direct Placement
Experience Level: 10 Years
Start Date: 10/08/2015
 Job Title:                    Packaging Specialist (21220)
Department:               Production
Reports To:                Mgr., Maintenance
FLSA Status:              Exempt
Prepared By:              Stacy Zeager
Prepared Date:           May 20, 2015
Approved By:                         Matt Gojmerac
This position is the plant expert on Packaging Equipment and responds to real time issues to help facilitate resolution of challenging maintenance issues that occur during daily operations. They will utilize and promote company root cause analysis process to successfully problem solve, diagnose and troubleshoot equipment issues and breakdowns. They will ensure that critical machine issues are repaired and well documented using the CMMS work order and maintenance process.  This position is also responsible for overseeing process improvement and training of maintenance staff as related to Packaging Equipment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Helps plan and schedule all maintenance activities related to packaging equipment to ensure efficient and safe operation of equipment. Responsible for improving total up time performance through managing the preventative/predictive maintenance programs. Validates improvements using MES metrics.
  • Documents all work performed in a timely accurate and detailed manner using the current maintenance computer system and other reporting structures. Uses this information to make decisions to improve the reliability of the equipment and process.
  • Completes work orders, repairs and service work in a timely manner.
  • Listens for unusual sounds from machines or equipment to detect malfunctions and discusses machines variations with machine operators, supervisors and maintenance workers to diagnose root cause problem and repair of machine.
  • Develops and maintains good relations within department and effectively communicates changes or decisions that could impact the team.
  • Works with department managers, supervisors and planners to identify, define and prioritize work needed to improve equipment reliability.
  • Leads Packaging equipment overhauls from planning through to execution and completes all related follow-up work.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of preventative maintenance routines within MaintStar. Makes revisions and improvements to maintenance routines to increase effectiveness.
  • Identifies system or equipment deficiencies and initiates the modification process, utilizing peers, team members, Engineering, Purchasing, Vendor and technical groups.
  • Updates prints, programs and equipment manuals as needed and ensures successful changes are implemented on like equipment.
  • Applies the principles of product quality control and is proactive in verifying that repair work and modifications support the achievement of the company's quality goals and objectives.
  • Coordinates and facilitates staff training as necessary to ensure staff is skilled and capable to independently execute trouble shooting, inspection and repair procedures.
  • Supports continuous improvement initiatives and start-up of new equipment and capital projects.
  • Develops machine set up documentation on equipment in conjunction with engineering and production.
  • Participates and provides regular support on maintenance prioritization and annual overhaul planning.
  • Performs tasks in safe manner consistent with company policies which include: SQF, GMP, OSHA HACCP and local, state and federal laws.
  • Remains current with latest and emerging industry regulations and codes relative to mechanical and electrical systems design and operation.
Supervisory Responsibilities:                                                
Position does not provide direct supervisory responsibilities. However, position does provide leadership in the area of Packaging equipment.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in a group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Requires a high-level of mechanical and electrical knowledge and aptitude. Fluency in mechanical and electrical trouble shooting strategies required.
  • Ability to be flexible and shift priorities in a constantly changing, fast-paced work environment.
  • Proficiency with computer systems and automated equipment required.
  • Experience and knowledge of personal/process control computers, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and networking devices preferred. Allen Bradley and Modicon experience preferred.
Education and/or Experience      
  • Minimum of 5-8 years experience dealing with electrical maintenance in an industrial setting required.
  • Experience as a Technical Trainer or familiar with training tools such as Standard Operating Procedures and other technical documents preferred.
  • Requires sufficient broad background including, but not limited to: packaging and processing equipment, maintenance systems and equipment installation and start-up.
Language Skills                                             
Must have the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Must have the ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Must have the ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Mathematical Skills                                                   
Must have the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Must have the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Must have the ability to convert pounds/ounces/grams to arrive at proper target weight settings. Must have the ability to apply the basic concepts of through-put rate, weight and volume, to the proper operation of conveying and packaging systems.
Reasoning Ability                                                      
Must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Must have the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
Computer Skills                                             
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of MS Windows OS and associated software; Including MS Office Products: Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as MaintStar CMMS Software.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must possess a valid driver's license in the current state of residence.  Must have a current tow motor license or be able to obtain a license within 90 days of hire.  Must obtain Smith System Defensive Driving certification. (Smith Training is provided by Herrs).  Must possess and maintain first aid certification or obtain within 90 days of hire.
Other Skills and Abilities                                           
Must be able to read, write, understand and speak English. Must have a mechanical skills related background. Must have a thorough knowledge of process in the area of responsibility. Must have a thorough knowledge of automatic weigh heads, baggers, and case packers.
Other Qualifications                                                  
Must possess a stable work history with good references.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. The employee must have vision corrected to 20/30 or better.
<1 hr/8 day
<1.5 (12 hrs)
1-3 reps/hr
1-3 hrs/8 day
1.5 – 4.5 (12 hrs)
4-12 reps/hr
3-6 hrs/8 day
4.5 – 9 (12 hrs)
13-59+ reps/hr
6+ hrs/8 day
9+ (12 hrs)
60-100+ reps/hr
SITTING   X      
STANDING       X  
WALKING       X  
KNEELING       X  
CRAWLING       X  
CLIMBING       X  
REACHING       X  
DRIVING X        
FIRM GRASP     X    
PINCHING   X      
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; extreme cold and extreme heat. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places and outside weather conditions. The employee must be able to work in slippery floor conditions and with airborne seasonings and will be exposed to cardboard dust. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.