Lead Operator – Tube Department

On a normal basis to work under the instruction of the Production Manager. Note: no demarcation of employment or of duties exists within the Company. In this respect the employee may be asked to work in, or transfer to other departments under the supervision of a different Production Supervisor/Manager.

Have a Duty of Care for Health and Safety

  • Responsibility includes ensuring that work is conducted in a safe manner, that your work area is clean and tidy and free from hazards, that accidents are reported and that protective work wear is worn as required by the job.
  • Must actively participate in training sessions.
  • Under the terms of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, employees are obliged to;
    have due regard for their safety, health & welfare and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions,
    co-operate with the Company in relation to compliance with statutory requirements of the Act and other safety laws,
    to use protective equipment, clothing or other means for securing safety, health and welfare,
    to report, without delay, defects in workplace plant, equipment or other systems of work which may lead to danger.
    Maintain a duty of care for materials, equipment, tools and workwear supplied by the Company for the purposes of conducting their duties.

Principle duties and responsibilities

  • Follow any reasonable instruction of the Production Manager.
  • Co-operate with the Production Manager and other members of the team.
  • To undertake machine operation and other manual jobs, handling of stock (raw materials, work in process and finished goods) as directed by the Production Manager.
  • To undertake cleaning and maintenance jobs as instructed by the Production Manager.
  • To endeavour to carry out tasks to the best of your ability and to maintain a level of productivity and quality as defined by your Production Manager.
  • To actively participate in training sessions which might include; job training, machine operation and maintenance training, health & safety training, quality training and other training beneficial for the health & safety of the employee and for the benefit of the company.
  • To maintain records, forms and other paperwork associated with ones job as directed by your Production Manager.
    Maintain a flexible approach to work, whereby the employee agrees to carry out tasks (that are compatible and similar in nature to those done by employees on a similar grade) as instructed by more senior staff, e.g. their immediate Production Manager.
  • To actively make suggestions for production/business developments and improvements.

Set-Up Machines

A Lead Operator will be required to do some or all of the following:

  • Make sure that scrapers and bars are clean and ready for use first thing in the morning. Fit cleaned parts to machine.
  • Arrange for the delivery of paper and glue to the machine as required.
  • Check glue viscosity as for normal practice and record on check sheet.
  • Ensure that appropriate papers are used for particular job and load reels on reel stand.
  • Ensure that collars, rollers, tensioners, etc. are aligned properly, i.e. in the standard position.
  • Pass papers through rollers, guides, etc. as for normal practice.
  • Ensure that the glue tank and reel stand are at the correct angle for the particular job.
  • Select correct mandrel and bullet for particular job. Ensure that mandrels and bullets are in good condition and suitable for the job. Fix mandrels and bullets as for normal practice.
  • Wind papers on to mandrel as for normal practice.
  • Ensure that papers are receiving an even and consistent spread of glue.
  • Set cutter to suit finished tube length plus allowance for shrinkage.
  • Check cutter blade quality. If necessary arrange for blade sharpening.
  • In free time keep area around machine clean and tidy.
  • Arrange racks, pallets, strapping, etc.

Continuously check Quality

  • Check ‘QC’ of tube including regular stick checks, record on appropriate forms.
  • Check for flicks or burrs. Report any problems to the Production Manager.
  • Continually inspect and check tube length and wall thickness.
  • Continuously check that the wrapper is over gap and that it is firmly stuck to tube.
  • Check date stamp is correct.
  • Label racks/pallets/etc.

Operator Training

  • Formal and informal training to existing and new operators on machine set-up and operation. This to be done in conjunction with the operations manual and machine specific procedures. Training should include set-up, running and shut-down, health & safety procedures, general operation and emergency procedures.
  • To refer to any operational standards, quality standards, and health & safety procedures.
  • To recommend any improvements to training procedures and training methods.
  • To evaluate the competency of operators after training and to report this evaluation to management.

Carry out Manual Handling tasks

  • When required pack tubes coming off machine into racks or bundles or on to pallets as instructed.
  • Remove pallets/racks/etc. to appropriate storage area. .


  • Regularly clean around machines, e.g. paper, strapping, tape, stretch wrap, glue spills, etc.
  • Place paper offcuts in proper waste bin for recycling, all offcuts must be weighed and weight recorded on appropriate form.

Selection criteria/Person specification:

  • Good command of the English language – ability to understand and communicate in English.
  • Willing and keen to undertake relevant training to develop skills in relation to the post.
  • Willing to learn and show commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Must be in general good health and able to undertake physical/manual tasks as required by the post.