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Baler Operator - Team Lead

Company: Cougle's Recycling Inc.
Location: Hamburg
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

Baler Lead

Reports to: Operations Manager/Facility Foreman

The Baler Lead will be responsible for the following:


Coordinate team members to ensure the most efficient handling and processing of the material. Maintain a consistent flow of material to each baler for optimal production of a quality finished product. Work cohesively with dock team members and sorting leads to determine schedules and production goals based on the daily status/needs. Notify the maintenance and operations manager if the equipment is not running efficiently or is in need of preventative maintenance. Ensure that the bales being produced are clean, contaminant-free, and contain all required wires for successful shipping. Address quality issues swiftly and devise a plan to rectify them.

Logistics & Organization

Maintain a clear understanding of the daily production goals and requirements. Ensure that team members are processing material safely and in a logical method for minimal repetitive (and costly) movements. Maintain an organized, clean, and safe area.


Communicate immediately, clearly, and consistently to all team members to ensure directives are understood and completed. Verbalize any baling, grading or equipment issues or questions.


Oversee that all area production reports, vehicle inspections, and any other company required documentation accurately, completely, and consistently. Ensure validity and competence of each operators' data. Provide daily attendance sheets.

Implementation of Policies & Procedures

Read and understand all company policies and procedures. Ensure that you and all team members are adhering to those written policies and procedures. Provide feedback and recommendations to initiate positive workplace changes as needed.


Ensure that all team members in your area understand the goals and expectations of their job. Provide all operators with thorough training in the necessary job tasks and always completing those tasks safely. Review, as needed, procedures and processes to ensure that all team members are managing situations consistently.

Cultivate positive company culture and values

Serve as the direct conduit between team members and management. Be available, respectful, and approachable to coach, train, and guide. Provide consistent responses to challenges and procedures for continued positive progress.

Employee performance management

Administer attendance & performance warnings as needed. Work with management and HR to ensure professional warning administration & coaching experiences. Conduct evaluations (quarterly or annually as determined) to encourage positive behaviors and retrain areas of concern.

Safety Area Lead

Ensure a safe working environment within the guidelines set forth by OSHA. Monitor continually that all team members are adhering to safety policies and practices (procced with set out disciplinary actions as needed should practices not be followed). Notify HR immediately of safety concerns or suggestions. Ensure all employees (in your area) are properly licensed and trained in all areas related to safety practices and procedures.

Incident/Injury Documentation

Research and accurately complete paperwork for any worker's injury or incident. Consult with HR about the nature of the incident and injury. Utilize incidents as training opportunities with team members to review and avoid future issues.

Up to the challenge?

  • A confident & efficient forklift & skid loader operator.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred (but not required).
  • Experienced in management, confident in respectfully leading diverse team members.
  • Self-starter who is looking to "own" their role and department.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Is able to utilize writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Creative likes to come up with new innovative ideas and continue to improve processes.
  • Demonstrates problem-solving skills coupled with the ability to remain solution-oriented.
  • Familiar with OSHA regulations & safety requirements.
  • Obtains the ability to multitask and remain calm & clear-headed during stressful situations.
  • Goal-oriented.
  • Reliable, dependable, and willing to work and manage hands-on.
  • Mechanically inclined with the ability to understand and operate production equipment.

Keywords: Cougle's Recycling Inc., Reading , Baler Operator - Team Lead, Other , Hamburg, Pennsylvania

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