Novolex™ employs over 10,000 people across the globe. We strive to be the employer of choice in the global packaging industry. Novolex™ 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. Our team is rich in diversity and our culture encourages continuous personal growth and teamwork in all we do.



Job Title:

Operator Assistant

Entry Level Starts at $15.00


Position Summary:

To ensure that product is being inspected for quality including, size, print and seal quality prior to shipment to customer. Accurate packaging and data collection for each order. Each employee should have a working understanding of their role in supporting the Food Safety Management System and the food safety hazards of the job to which they are assigned. Under the direction of the Operator and or Production Supervisor, the Operator Assistant will ensure that product is being inspected prior to shipment to customers.

Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities:

Quality Control:

  1. Responsible for checking job ticket extrusion instructions
  2. Noting any size or gauge tolerances
  3. Noting any special packaging or labeling instructions
  4. Checking product to ensure it conforms to job ticket specs.
  5. Verifying size and seal
  6. Completing “Size and Seal” Chart (not S.P.C. Charts)
  7. Must understand importance of size and seal checks
  8. Verifying that gussets are set up correctly
  9. Check bags for defects
  10. Blocking
  11. Gels, blending problems
  12. Dirty Die Face
  13. Must be able to check bag with sample to ensure print is correct
  14. Have operator verify ink color on sample swatch & monitor ink color
  15. Check product for treat
  16. Calculate bag weight in computer


  1. Responsible for proper packaging of products
  2. Must obtain proper packaging information from job ticket
  3. Should know pallet and crib sizes
  4. Should be familiar with different box sizes
  5. Need to know location of packaging supplies
  6. Need to make up three hour supply of boxes/supplies
  7. Product must be packaged in a neat and professional manner
  8. Bags should be packaged neatly

    Data Collection:

  1. Responsible for entering production in computer
  2. Must understand importance of correct data entries
  3. Must weigh every other roll/box & notify operator if not correct
  4. Roll stock – all rolls must be weighed
  5. Must track all scrap and make entries in data collection
  6. Responsible for correct job start and stop times

    Accurate Roll and Case Weight:

  1. Must weigh every other roll/box and notify operator if weight changes +/- 5% of target
  2. Roll stock - 18" and above:  Every roll must be weighed
  3. 2-up and 4-up rolls -18" and below:  Must alternate weighing the top and bottom sets during roll change
  4. Bins of bags:  Must weigh complete layers as per QC check-sheet
  5. On start-ups, change-overs, or shift change:  Every roll/box and layer in the bins must be weighed until the target weight is achieved.


  1. Must obtain proper labeling information from job ticket
  2. Responsible for printing labels
  3. Labeling must be done correctly and neatly
  4. Labels should be centered and lined up on the box
  5. Must ensure that pallet/bin labels are correctly completed
  6. Responsible for inserting a white label, with correct weight, into core


  1. Train for operator duties and responsibilities, including being able and willing to learn downstream equipment and maintenance operations
  2. Should be able to perform basic adjustments on bag machinery, including changing curtains during downtime, changing knife blades, adjusting length during changeovers, adjusting web tension and initial seal setup.
  3. Should be able to thread all downstream equipment
  4. Must have basic understanding of extrusion process
  5. Should be able to make minor adjustments to stripper to improve bag delivery
  6. Should be able to adjust tension on winder and understand how it affects the roll
  7. Must be able to keep tools and miscellaneous metal parts off floor (out of scrap)


    Candidate Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED preferred
  • Previous manufacturing experience preferred
  • Ability to read a tape measure
  • Basic math skills required
  • Good communication skills required
  • Ability to pass a color blind test
  • Some previous computer data entry preferred

About the Company

  • Novolex™ is North America’s leader in packaging choice and sustainability.
  • Novolex™ is headquartered in Hartsville, SC and has 62 facilities around the globe, including the worlds’ largest closed loop plastic bag recycling plant located in Indiana.  The company has over 10,000 employees in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
  • The family of historic Novolex™ brands includes Bagcraft® Packaging, Hilex Poly®, Fortune Plastics®, Duro Bag®, De Luxe® Packaging, Burrows Paper, Novolex Custom Film & Bag™, International Converter®, General Packaging® Products, Heritage Bag®, Burrows Packaging, Sheilds and The Waddington Group.
  • Each of the Novolex™ brands brings a unique sustainability and product story in plastic, paper, foil, recycling, or composting applications. The Novolex™ brands are unified by four common values: Manufacturing Innovation and Quality; Service; Packaging Choice; and Sustainability.
  • Novolex™ focuses on customers within the retail, grocery, convenience store, deli, food service, hospitality, institutional, processor and industrial markets. The Novolex™ product portfolio and our engineered solutions are designed to meet customer packaging application needs in the areas of food contact, customer experience, resale items, checkout systems, can liners and packaging operations.

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:

Novolex does not publically post salary information on job boards.

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. Pre-employment, as well as post-hire substance testing, is required for specified positions through Novolex. Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Company sponsorship.

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
Novolex is an E-Verify Employer.
Following GMP in compliance with all food safety requirements.



Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Yakima

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