Printer Assistant, Wigan


Ref: 561Monday 8 August 2022


Swift Placement’s have an exciting new opportunity to work with our client as a Printer Assistant, with a competitive salary of £27,864 PA + Benefits and a host of benefits for the successful candidate.

About the company:

Our client is one of the largest manufacturers of sustainable recycled paper, corrugated cardboard and flexible packaging as well as providing solutions for waste management and the recovery of waste.

This opportunity provides the successful candidate to work within at client’s Wigan site where supporting to produce a range of flexible plastic films, manufacturing products for major food retailers and suppliers.

*Please Note* This site operates a 24/7 shift system spread over four-week pattern which offers work – life balance. The successful candidate will need the ability to work a shift pattern covering days, nights, and weekends.

What will the day-to-day duties look like?

Reporting to the Process Manager, your key duties will include:

  • Help set up and operate print machinery to optimum levels in a safe working manner, ensuring that the machinery and surrounding area are maintained in line with required health, safety, environmental, hygiene and housekeeping standards. Ensure that all spills are logged and cleaned immediately. Operate in line with site health and safety, environmental and quality standards.
  • Work in line with site standards for BRC, ISO & A2 environmental.
  • Operate processes in line with lean manufacturing techniques including SMED and the 5S principles. When required, participate in continuous improvement initiatives within Production.
  • Maintain press consumables to ensure a continuous supply including loading/offloading of master reels and loading/offloading of inks on the print press.
  • Manage and operate the press in the absence of the Lead Printer, including rest breaks.
  • Spot and report any non-conformities to the Lead Printer or Shift Manager and support resolution as required.
  • Support the training of colleagues as and when required.
  • When required, contribute to shift handovers to ensure a smooth transition and continuous production. As a matter of routine, ensure the press is in an appropriate operational condition and in the absence of the Lead Printer, make sure that the next shift has been briefed on where production is up to and any other relevant production issues.
  • Assist with general cleaning and maintenance of print equipment.
  • Work with colleagues in other areas e.g. Ink Technicians, Mounters etc. to maintain production standards.
  • Display flexibility to support other areas of Production as and when required, including operating other machinery such as Conversion/Slitting machinery.

What do we need from you?

  • Part or fully trained Printer, preferably with flexographic experience
  • Relevant Print NVQ Level 2 or 3 an advantage
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy, preferably GCSE level in English and Maths
  • Previous print experience, preferably flexographic with experience of solvent based inks
  • Experience of Fischer Krecke 126S, 20SIX CS colour printers or BOBST printers an advantage
  • Experience in Mounting would be an advantage
  • Background in manufacturing, either label or packaging printing
  • Exposure to Lean Six Sigma or other continuous improvement techniques an advantage
  • Considerable exposure to quality, health, safety and environmental standards and practices within a production setting

Rewards and Benefits of the role;

  • Competitive pay structure with opportunity for overtime
  • Shift pattern that benefits from 1 week off every month
  • Internal training courses
  • Auto enrolment in workplace pension scheme
  • Death in service of two years’ salary

For further information on the role, shifts or any other queries call Natasha on 01744 742354 or apply with your CV today for immediate consideration!

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