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Guillotine Operator - Packaging




£10 - £12.50 an hour (Depending on Experience) + Overtime (Paid at time and ½ over 4 months of the year)

Hours of Work: 40.5 hours per week

Our Client is a family-owned Packaging Designer, Stockist and Manufacturer based in Worcestshire. They are currently looking to recruit a Guillotine Operator to join their team.

The chosen candidate will be required to operate a range of guillotines and related lifting equipment. On the job training is provided based on ongoing competency assessment against defined role-based competencies. Value added time and running rates are measured through daily timesheets which must be completed and submitted to the Operations Administrator.

Role progression is possible by working to achieve master level status based on competency assessment and beyond that by taking on team leadership responsibilities or by becoming a multi-skilled master level Setter-Operator capable of assisting in other sections where needed.

This is a key role in keeping the production machines "fed", working to the daily planning list and considering available material or printed sheets. If the Team Leader is not available, you may be required to participate in planning meetings to ensure designs are fit for purpose and can be accurately guillotined to make them run as efficiently as possible through further processing. You will be required to plan required cutting programmes allowing for grip and lay edges to maintain consistent registration through the entire job. You will then carry out the programme, cutting the material to the required dimensions and making it available to the next process step. Day to day operations involve receipt of printed or plain carton board from the Raw Material Storage Coordinator and / or from another process-step operator; measurement of the material and planning of required cuts, running the programme or cutting manually, and packing / palletising the part-processed material for transfer to the next process step. Waste "off-cuts" may be palletised and retained according to the dimensions.

The production environment is fast paced low volume high mix with short runs meaning frequent set-up and clean down and relatively short run times. Efficiency is based on ensuring error-free operations and mastering effective techniques for keeping set-ups to a minimum. Quality expectations are exceptionally high and no corners are to be cut, but high-performing operators can balance running speed with a right-first-time approach to quality.

Quality and safety checks must be carried out as per documented instructions and records must be kept including signatures on relevant paperwork (timesheets and works instruction dockets). An accurate final job count must be recorded on the job sheet, which stays with the material as a traceability reference throughout all process steps.


  • Contribution to safe, efficient and hygienic production of high quality, food-safe packaging
  • Maintenance of quality standards and immediate reporting of any nonconformance or production incident
  • Maintenance of hygiene and quality standards in line with BRC requirements - as detailed in Hazard and Risk Analysis Plan

Guillotine Operator - Packaging

West Midlands
no work experience required
£30,000 - £39,999

Published on 17 Jan 2020

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