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Team Leader - Printing

Company:  Ball Corporation

Chittoor, AP, IN, 517588

Date:  Jul 19, 2024
Job Category:  Manufacturing/ Operations
Req. ID:  37389

Further your career at Ball, a world leader in manufacturing sustainable aluminum packaging. Achieve extraordinary things when you join our team, and make a difference in your professional development, the community, and around the globe!

Ball is thrilled to receive Newsweek's 2023 Top 100 Global Most Loved Workplace award! As a sustainable product leader, we have over 21,000 global team members. From endlessly recyclable aluminum cans, and cups, to aerosol bottles, our goal is to contribute to a better community, society, and world.

Team leader - Printing

Position overview:

As the Team Leader - Printing, you’re a key member of the Shift Operations Team, reporting to the Shift Manager. You will contribute to the success of Ball by  focusing on operation, process and maintenance issues of Printers and take corrective actions on time during the  shift and plan shift team resources (Production associates) and allocate them to focus on Daily operation, Periodic inspection and maintenance, predictive maintenance and corrective Maintenance activities in the area. He will gain mastery in Process troubleshooting and maintenance of printers, train the team and get the best out of them. You will act as a link between Shift Manager, Printer specialist, 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. You 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 area.

Your key responsibilities include:

•            Responsible of smooth operation of Printers. He will ensure the Printing Machines are utilized and operated to their optimum speed and efficiency.

•            Ensure Daily Safety checks are completed for the equipment within first two hours of shift. Ensure actions are taken on time to close the deviation.

•            Ensure daily Operation / Maintenance checks are done in the area 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 meet all quality specification. Ensure Quality checks are completed and corrective actions are taken on time for any deviation.

•            Ensure his area and area Equipment are maintained in accordance with housekeeping and hygiene standard. Ensure Housekeeping is maintained during shift hours and handover the shift with good housekeeping.

•            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.

•            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 his area spoilage target. Ensure to address the spoilage concerns (tipped cans / Jams / deco trips) and take swift action to get the abnormal condition back on track.

•            Responsible for area KPI’s such as Decorator trips, Spoilage, HFI’s. Ensure to check process and can parameters (Example can Mobility,) are within specification. Troubleshoot equipment for process issues and seek help if needed from Engineering.

•            Gain Mastery and Execute lable change with SMED concept. Ensure the lable change is done with least spoilage and within best practice time.

•            Utilize the opportunities (Standby time or any other natural downtime) to plan for cleaning and Corrective maintenance activity in Printers (such as inkers trays changing, cleaning, form roll or doctor roll change, fountain change, flexoart blade change).

•            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 Engineering resource and allocate his team resources for proper Maintenance and up-keeping of the equipment.

•            Understand solid waste management system. Ensure all the waste generated in the area are segregated / handles and disposed-off according to the system.

•            Responsible for proper usage of Flammable liquids in the printing area. Ensure cleaning aids (Alcohol, solvents) and rags and prepared, handled, stored and disposed-off properly.

•            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 printer periodic maintenance. Support engineering resources for periodic maintenance. Gain mastery in changing inkers.

•            Gain Mastery in registration, print pressure set up and Inker set up.

•            Gain mastery in audit / levelling / adjusting toe-in and mandrel circle of printers. Support engineering resources for periodic maintenance.

•            Work closely with engineering resources for changeover activities. Quick changeovers.

•            Ensure Team leader / Area 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 ink and Overvarnish consumption in his shift. Maintain optimum ink quantity / OV weightage throughout the shift to get the consumption numbers at target. Take corrective actions for deviations.

•            Responsible for corrective Maintenance on Printers 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 / 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:


Diploma in Printing Technology.


4 Years Operation / Repair / maintenance experience in medium scale printing plant, either metal decoration, Newspaper, or other high speed lithography equipment.

 Hands on experience in operation and maintenance of high speed Imported Printing machines and Inkers.

Experience in CTP plate making will be added advantage.


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.

The candidate needs to have good knowledge of colors and normal color vision (No color blindness).

Working knowledge of Health and Safety work practices. Must be able to handle Flammable, and combustible substances.



Local languages.

KRA / KPI OF THE ROLE (measurable responsibilities)

Key Result Areas

Safety checks completion %

Printer OEE.

Quality Checks completion rate.

Quality OOS.

Printer Trips

Printer spoilage %

Daily Maintenance compliance rate

Ink Consumption Kg/ Million

Over Varnish consumption mg/can

Changeover time

Housekeeping %

Equipment Downtime percentage.


Ball Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively encourage applications from everybody, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, faith, ability, or orientation.


When you join Ball you belong to a team of over 21,000 members worldwide. Our products range from infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, cups to aerosol bottles that enable our customers to contribute to a better world.


Each of us has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion which is the foundation of our culture of belonging. Everyone at Ball is making a difference by doing what we love. Because what we create may change, but what we will always make is a difference.


Please note the advertised job title might vary from the job title on the contract due to local job title structure and global HR systems.


No agencies please.

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