Team Leader - Front End

Company:  Ball Corporation

Chittoor, AP, IN, 517588

Date:  Nov 20, 2023
Job Category:  Manufacturing/ Operations
Req. ID:  32615

Team Leader – Front End

Position overview:

As the Team Leader – Front End, you’re a key member of the Front End Team, reporting to the Shift Manager. You will contribute to the success of Ball by focusin on operation, process and maintenance issues of Process equipment in the front end namely Cupper, Bodymakers trimmers and take corrective actions on time during your shift. you will plan your shift team resources (Front end production associates) and allocate them to focus on Daily operation, Periodic inspection and maintenance, predictive maintenance and corrective Maintenance activities in front end. You will gain mastery in Process troubleshooting and maintenance of Cupper Bodymakers and trimmers, train the team and get the best out of them. You will act as a link between Shift Manager, Area Leader, maintenance supervisor, toolroom, maintenance engineers, Electrical engineers, spareparts stores and co-ordinate all the activities of Maintenance, improvements, TPM, 5’s activities in the area. He will strive hard to achieve area KPI’s through collaboration, teamwork and planning. You will play key role in size changeovers and achieve best in class changeover time in the front end.


Your key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible of Operation of Front end equipment. He will ensure the front end Machines are utilized and operated to their optimum speed and efficiency.
  • Ensure power press Safety checks are completed within first two hours of shift on Both Cuppers and Bodymakers. Ensure actions are taken on time to close the deviation.
  • Ensure daily Operation / Maintenance checks are done in the front-end and corrective actions are taken on time. If any support is needed, ensure to escalate to proper level and close the open items.
  • Ensure the cans produced in front end meet all quality specification. Ensure Quality checks are completed and corrective actions are taken on time for any deviation. Responsible for CCP- Sliver in Trimmers. Ensure proper procedure / measures are followed in his shift to control the CCP.
  • Ensure front End area and Equipment are maintained in accordance with housekeeping and hygiene standard. Ensure Housekeeping is maintained during shift hours and handover shift with good housekeeping.
  • Beginning of shift take the handover from the outgoing shift team leader, understand the issues in the area, and plan follow up / support needed from his team and engineering resources. Ensure to receive the area with proper housekeeping, all scrap bin cleared and scrap is counted.
  • Responsible for front end area spoilage target. Ensure to address the spoilage concerns (tipped cans / Jams) and take swift action to get the abnormal condition back on track.
  • Check for tool usage in bodymakers. Work closely with toolroom for tools replacement on periodical basis. Polish / crosshatch bodymaker tooling as per schedule.
  • Responsible for short can rate in bodymakers. Ensure to check process parameters (Cup quality, Cup lube level, Tramp oil level, coolant concentration, Coolant temperature) are within specification. Troubleshoot equipment for short can issues and seek help if needed from Engineering.
  • Gain Mastery and Execute coil change with SMED concept. Ensure die set / cupper is cleaned and maintained on periodical basis.
  • Utilize the opportunities (Standby time, lable change time or any other natural downtime) to plan for Corrective maintenance activity in Bodymakers and cuppers (such as filter change, Stripper change and seal changes).
  • Safety: Near miss reporting. Attends all safety trainings. Part of plant emergency management team. Can manage emergencies and act as key resource in shift for plant evacuation for fire alarm or other Emergency situations.
  • Responsible for all the standard and special tools for his shift. Ensures effective utilization of tools and tackles and prevent misuse of same.
  • Work closely with Front and Area engineering resource and allocate his team resources for proper Maintenance and up-keeping of front end equipment.
  • Understand solid waste management system. Ensure all the waste generated in the area are segregated / handles and disposed-off according to the system.
  • Beginning of shift take the handover from the outgoing shift team leader, understand the issues in the area, and plan follow up / support needed from his team and engineering resources. Ensure to receive the area with proper housekeeping, all scrap bin cleared and scrap is counted.
  • Actively participate in companies Continuous Improvement initiatives e.g. Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, SMED, 5S, ISO, etc. Conduct lean manufacturing activities and participate in audits as per company requirements. Attend area team meetings on periodical basis. Drives area improvement agenda based on meeting outcomes.
  • Gain mastery in Bodymaker and trimmer periodic maintenance. Support engineering resources for periodic maintenance.
  • Gain mastery in audit and alignment of Bodymakers. Support engineering resources for periodic maintenance.
  • Work closely with engineering resources for changeover activities. Gain mastery in die set change / Bodymaker changeover, trimmer changeovers.
  • Ensure Team leader / front end log book is updated. Note down the corrective action taken in the shift and action list for the support needed from engineering resources to action upon.
  • Responsible for hydraulic oil consumption in the front end in his shift. Changes ram seals / pushrod seals or any other corrective actions for deviations.
  • Responsible for corrective Maintenance on front end during his shift, either attend personally or allocates resources, and get the equipment back in operation with least possible downtime.
  • Gives input for spareparts stores / front end engineering resources for consumables, machine spares and tools consumption and help achieve maintenance spending target.

Follows and maintain organization’s SOPs and safe working practices. Comply with any legal, environmental and safety, BRC requirements and/or checks.

Experience and skills required:

  • 4 Years maintenance / repair experience in manufacturing background in a high speed, high volume continuous process plant with hydraulic and Mechanical presses. Exmple automotive ancillary producing body parts.
  • Must be able to work shifts and able to work extended hours on occasions when required.
  • Computer literacy and the ability to generate reports. Ability to read, understand and develop engineering drawings.
  • Analytical skills to interpret numerical data.
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety work practises.
  • Diploma in Mechanical engineering or Toolroom technology Software knowledge requirements


Languages Required

  • English.
  • Local languages