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At Novolex, we take pride in supporting our families across the globe. Our team is rich in diversity and our entrepreneurial culture encourages continuous personal growth and teamwork. Our careers include manufacturing, engineering, procurement, supply chain, finance, HR, product development, sales, marketing and an ever-expanding array of others to support our continuing rapid growth.



Job Title:                             Machine Operator

Department:                      Production

Reports To:                         Adjuster Supervisor

Position Summary:

Ensure machine is operating at required speed, producing quality product with minimal waste.  Will change paper, glues, inks, as well as unjam machines as necessary.

Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities:

  • Continuously perform all required tasks in a safe manner, adhering to all established safety rules and procedures.  Must take immediate action to correct and/or report any unsafe conditions and hazards.  Follow GMP in compliance with all food safety requirements.
  • Utilize lockout/tagout as required, following established policy; ensure guarding is in place at all times.
  • Keep work area clean and organized, per standards.
  • Ensure that work is being performed in a manner to produce quality products, according to our quality requirements and specifications.
  • Follow all applicable food service policies and procedures.
  • Follow all PPE policies, wearing steel toed shoes, hearing protection, safety

glasses, hair nets/beard nets, etc. as required.

  • Meet production targets as set by management.
  • Inspect bags for flaws in quality, assembly, print or other problems, and

                reject those that do not meet standards set by management.

  • Place proper amount of bags into sleeve in the press.
  • Inspect bales to ensure they are sealed properly and meet quality standards

                before banding together and placing on skid.

  • Band bales together.
  • Place labels on bales, making sure they are marked correctly, neatly and are


  • Spot check bales to make sure correct amount of bags are enclosed

                (i.e., 250, 500).

  • Place acceptable bales on skids by using proper lifting techniques.
  • Ensure machine is shut off to prevent machine damage in a timely


  • Must keep up with budgeted machine speed.
  • Keep accurate production records, ensuring all required forms are filled out completely, accurately and legibly.
  • Safely strip rolls down, removing liner and/or bands and removing minimal layers of damaged paper only to minimize waste.
  • Change roll, make splice by hand, maneuver roll into position and adhere roll to web on machine.
  • Make minor repairs and adjustments to machines as necessary to ensure quality levels, coordinating with Adjuster Supervisor as necessary.
  • Set up one and two color prints and have approved by Adjuster Supervisor before starting production run.
  • Start machinery and watch progress for breakage; notify Adjuster as needed.
  • Clean ink pans and wash rollers.
  • Thread up machinery properly.
  • Meet or exceed waste target for each machine.
  • Meet/achieve safety, quality, production, waste and housekeeping goals set forth by management.
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned by management.


Candidate Requirements:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent work experience
  • Three years of factory experience is preferred.
  • Must be able to pass Bennett Mechanical Test
  • Must have basic reading, math and communication skills.
  • Must have ability to make adjustments and minor repairs to machinery.

Physical Requirements:


  • Lifting; a minimum of 50 lbs. *Sacks dept requires 70 lbs*
  • Carrying; a minimum of 50 lbs. *Sacks dept requires 70 lbs*
  • Pulling; 4 hours
  • Pushing; 4 hours
  • Reaching above shoulder
  • Use of fingers
  • Walking; 12 hours, excluding breaks
  • Standing; 12 hours, excluding breaks
  • Crawling
  • Kneeling; 4 hours
  • Bending; 4 hours
  • Climbing; 4 hours
  • Visual ability
  • Depth perception
  • Ability to distinguish color
  • Hearing ability



About the Company:

  • Novolex™ is North America’s leader in packaging choice and sustainability.
  • The leadership of Novolex’s™ packaging brands sprouts from innovation, a diversity of products and markets, and a dedication to sustainability and quality.
  • The family of historic Novolex™ brands include Bagcraft® Packaging, Hilex Poly®, Fortune Plastics®, Duro Bag®, De Luxe® Packaging, Novolex Custom Film & Bag™, International Converter®, Pac Paper® and General Packaging® Products.
  • Each of the Novolex™ brands brings a unique sustainability and product story in plastic, paper, foil, recycling, or composting applications.
  • Novolex™ is a U.S. based company with a headquarters in Hartsville, SC and 35 manufacturing facilities strategically located across North America including the world’s largest closed loop plastic bag recycling plant located in Indiana.  The company has approximately 5,100 employees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  • The company rebranded under the name Novolex™ in November 2014.  The change signifies a number of great companies coming together under a new name focused on delivering value to our customers, suppliers and employees through broader product categories and markets.  Novolex’s™ family of packaging brands create value and synergies by covering the full spectrum of retailer and institutional companies packaging requirements.

Our Mission:

  • Novolex’s™ mission is to continue a tradition of leadership established by our historic brands in the areas of packaging choice, customer service, manufacturing innovation, quality, and sustainability.

Our Vision Statement:

  • To be a leading provider of packaging solutions that are environmentally friendly, create value for the customer and Novolex™, have excellent quality, and provide superior service.
  • We want to accomplish this with an entrepreneurial culture which drives operational excellence and proactively creates ecological solutions.

Our Environmental Mission:

Novolex’s™ sustainability goal is to establish a viable environmental program and product line that:

  • Reduces the impact of plastic and paper on the environment through recycling and increased recycled content.
  •  Sets a high standard of industry leadership and corporate citizenship.
  • Creates meaningful benefits for the environment and the community.
  • Facilitates environmental action by retailers and the community.


For more information on Novolex™, visit our website at www.novolex.com


The Company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included.  It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities.  Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

Following GMP in compliance with all food safety requirements.

Novolex does not publicly post salary information on job boards.

Novolex™ is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices, including but not limited to, selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, handicap or disability, genetics, citizenship status, service member or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. Any individual, who because of his or her disability, needs an accommodation in connection with an aspect of the Company’s application process should contact Jamie Wells at hrcompliance@novolex.com.


City:  Katy
State:  TX

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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