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Lead Machine Operator

Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Dart Container

Apply advanced machine operating expertise to perform a wide variety of machine operation duties and assist in maintaining department efficiencies at maximum output levels. Work with supervisor and support all assigned personnel and materials, resources and equipment requirements during respective shift. While performing the duties listed below, the lead is required to spend 85% of time on the floor.

Day-to-Day Role:


  • Follow and commit to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for safety, quality, production, efficiency, and service requirements
  • Follow practices and processes intended to provide safe products that comply with appropriate laws and regulations, meet the company quality standards
  • Follow and commit to safety and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
  • Provide lead support over machine operations within the plant that may span multiple departments, production lines, processes and/or technologies
  • Audit the floor as required by Leader Standard Work, monitor productivity metrics, verify adherence to procedures and standard work, correct deficiencies and escalate to supervisor as necessary
  • Coordinate with supervisor to review and maintain schedules to ensure resources are available to meet schedule. Ensure that accurate information is reported, and the appropriate paperwork is completed and turned in
  • Communicate with oncoming shifts about any problems or issues that are occurring. Work with other departments to maintain or improve communications
  • Notify supervisor immediately and recommend solutions if there are issues that will prevent achievement of efficiency goals
  • Perform processes in SAP as required
  • Track and maintain appropriate documentation
  • Create, compile, and deliver required reports
  • Perform routine duties in support of shift requirements
  • Actively support Operational Excellence and effectively participate in lean initiatives
  • Complete root cause analysis and recommend solutions
  • Recommend work procedures, evaluate experimental procedures, and recommend changes or modifications for improved efficiency and adaptability to setup and production
  • Apply advanced, complex troubleshooting
  • May also perform one or more of the following:
    • Set up, start, adjust, test, calibrate, operate, diagnose, troubleshoot and properly shut down process equipment.
    • Set up operators daily to make sure all lines are properly covered.
    • Implement programs to standardize and minimize production changeovers and machine downtime
    • Conduct quality checks, correct deficiencies, and initiate quality audits as necessary
    • Check all products and/or materials in the department to ensure quality product is being produced and appropriate inventory levels are being maintained.
    • Familiar with and able to perform general preventive maintenance on equipment.  Notify and collaborate with maintenance department as required.

Core Skills and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate must possess all of the following:
       •    At least two (2) year of related machine operating experience working in a fast-paced work environment

       •    High School Diploma or GED
       •    Demonstrated leadership skills

       •    Knowledge operating specialized machines 

       •    Advanced mechanical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot complex problems including knowledge of machines and tools, their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
       •    Ability to read, understand, and interpret blueprints
       •    Organizational skills including the ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines
       •    Ability to effectively manage and execute multiple tasks, projects and priorities
       •    Ability to utilize and train employees on technology, processes and procedures
       •    Math skills to include simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
       •    Familiar with and ability to convert decimals to fractions or vice versa
       •    Demonstration of minimum proficiency with the English language in order to ensure effective new hire training and on-going communications about safety and quality issues

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

       •    Previous plant software experience required; SAP experience 

       •    Associate or Bachelor degree 
       •    Prior training experience 
       •    Previous experience in a Lead role 

       •    Previous powered industrial truck experience 


Overview: As the manufacturer of Dart® and Solo® brand products, Dart Container is an industry leading single-use food and beverage packaging company. With 15,000 employees and 40+ locations worldwide, Dart offers more than 4,000 products used every day in restaurants, hospitals, schools and homes around the globe.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.


If you experience difficulty applying online, you may call (833) 472-3278 or email us at for assistance.


Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (833) 472-3278 or email us at Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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