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Warehouse Area Leader (2A Shift) in Plastipak


The Area Leader is responsible for the efficient performance of all phases of materials storage, shipping and receiving operations. The Area Leader is also responsible for directing the work of the Material Handlers.They must be responsible to act in accordance with the policies set forth in the current procedure manual.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Ability to adhere to the attendance and punctuality policy.
  • Supervision of the Material Handlers on their shift
  • Initiates disciplinary action and re-training for Material Handlers that display actions of an unsafe manner or show repeated failure to follow processes and procedures.
  • Coordinates resources to adhere to raw materials planning directives
  • Maintains and adheres to work instructions for verification of incoming and outgoing shipments, handling/disposition of raw materials and inventory accuracy
  • Provides for movement and storage of all materials
  • Establishes, maintains and utilizes modified FIFO inventory at all site storage locations
  • Responsible for maintaining and implementing sound storage location planning, organization, and cleanliness
  • Responsible for transaction accuracy, product scanning, materials inventory and process reliability
  • Transfer of materials from storage locations to production supply area as necessary or directed
  • Document all shipments both inbound and outbound
  • Initiate all Inbound and Storage Materials Complaints as well as all SAP hold initiatives
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining work instructions as per ISO standards
  • Assist in Dock Coordination for all materials
  • Participate in physical inventories as well as inventory verification through cycle counting
  • Accountable for the maintaining a Lean Culture. Ensure all 6S tasks and tools are being utilized and adhered to.
  • Focus on Continuous Improvement in safety, productivity, quality, inventory accuracy and customer satisfaction.

  • Ensure effectively communications are flowing between shifts.

  • Initiate and participate in Kaizen events.

  • Works in a safe and efficient manner at all times, monitors team members for safe practices and mentors best methods. Ensuring that all near misses and incidents are properly reported and documented.

  • Follows and enforces company and local work rules, safety rules, GMP, policies, procedures and work instructions.

  • Direct and Monitor the work flow and daily work functions of the team.

  • Responsible for ensuring required and appropriate associate training is occurring, mentor and qualify associates using the Technical Training paths as guides. (train, mentor and quality)

  • Effectively and efficiently schedule and monitor team members breaks and lunch periods.

  • Provide input to Team Leader on performance evaluations and on disciplinary actions.

  • Actively participate in team meetings.

  • Reports any non-conformities, production, machine or quality issues, or concerns on process to the department Team Leader.

  • Perform duties and tasks as assigned to ensure efficient, balanced and effective use of all resources.

  • Initiate action for food safety issues

  • All other miscellaneous related duties and functions as may be assigned by leadership.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills (as demonstrated during the hiring process)

  • Strong Leadership skills (as demonstrated during the hiring process or internal experiences)

  • Self motivated

  • Proficient in computer programs

  • Must be out of orientation period and in good company standing (if internal applicant).

  • Must have a more than acceptable performance evaluation score (if internal candidate)

  • Internal training requirements for current position (if internal candidate) must be completed and up to date

  • Able to multitask in a faced-paced environment

  • High level of personal integrity

  • Possess strong safety focus

  • Technically oriented and knowledgeable in manufacturing systems

  • Strong Decision making skills with limited information

  • Strong Customer Focus

  • Organized

  • Independent thinker and effective troubleshooter

  • Meets all Material Handler Requirements

  • Prior experience in warehousing operations and forklift operations

  • Ability to demonstrate SAP knowledge and transaction competence

  • Be able to lead Kaizen events in the facility

  • Initiate and document process improvements


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to push or pull bins and carts, stand, walk, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to fifteen pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to fifty pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than one hundred pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

PositionWarehouse Area Leader (2A Shift)
Job Category Warehouse
Industry TypePlastic Manufacturing
Location of JobWestland, MI
Last Date to Apply15 December 2016
Desired Candidate's Profile

Plastipak Packaging is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of plastic rigid containers of the highest quality. Plastipak supports manufacturing operations throughout the United States, South America and Europe.

A Business Based on Ethical Standards

Plastipak operates by meeting expectations for ethical conduct as well as financial goals — all without compromising its integrity. Indeed, we have built a global business culture based on honor, openness and inclusion.As Plastipak expanded to include locations on three continents, respect for human dignity has remained fundamental to how the company conducts its business. We actively participate in the communities in which Plastipak associates work and live.With suppliers and customers in agreement, Plastipak works to meet high conservation standards while enhancing the health and safety of its employees and communities.Plastipak has aligned both its business and sustainability practices to create a culture of inclusion for associates throughout the company's international operations.

Supportive Environment

The Workplace
Plastipak's most important resource is our associates.
Plastipak operates with an appreciation for individual contributions and innovation. Plastipak associates contribute to:

  • Maintaining high performance in order to achieve outstanding customer service
  • Designing innovative products positioning Plastipak as a global leader in packaging
  • Improving communities where Plastipak has a presence

Plastipak does the following for associates:

  • Pays fair wages based on industry standards
  • Offers benefits such as health insurance, life insurance and paid vacations
  • Provides a safe work environment
  • Relates fairly and honestly with associates
  • Complies with the minimum age laws in all countries where it conducts business
  • Complies with all laws supporting workplace diversity

Open Communication

Mutually respectful and trusting relationships require open communication. Each associate must feel free to communicate opinions, share ideas and resolve problems in an environment that encourages and promotes opportunities for success and professional growth.Plastipak actively promotes open and honest communication as demonstrated by the company's “Open Line Communication System.” This system allows an associate to ask a question or voice a concern confidentially via the Corporate Talent Management Department.

Our Global Initiatives Thrive on Effective Management

As global producers of plastic containers, we have a responsibility from design to disposal to meet sustainability demands. Our sustainability initiatives are guided by a Bottle to Bottle approach to recycling.Plastipak holds itself accountable to stakeholders to run operations in an environmentally friendly manner for current and future generations. We have made that goal an inseparable part of our business plan.

Protecting the Environment

The impact of climate change and the threat to the environment from pollutants are too big to ignore, and Plastipak is doing everything possible to protect the future of the planet.The company is committed to social responsibility for environmental guardianship and its leadership in sustainability. Plastipak is meeting the goals set by the company's formal conservation plan.

Under this plan Plastipak has initiated a program to reduce compressed air leakage throughout all of our U.S. operations, achieve greater fuel economy, reduce volatile emissions and expand lightweighting programs to reduce the amount of plastic in each container. Plastipak engineers its source materials, technologies, transportation, distribution and recycling scenarios to fit customer sustainability requirements as well. 

Sustainability Means Engagement

Engagement is important to Plastipak. By engaging the hearts and minds of associates, Plastipak creates unique and sustainable packaging solutions for its customers. Consumers and corporations alike must be engaged in order to sustain the planet's resources.Such unified engagement has powerful, long-reaching effects. Participation in conservation initiatives has a positive impact on the economic, human and natural environments. 

A Modern Recycling Facility

Clean Tech's recycling processes focus on the effective management of the life cycle of plastic containers. Clean Tech’s highly qualified engineers design unique technologies to maximize plastic’s beneficial features throughout a product's life cycle and its subsequent lives as recycled material.

Clean Tech engineers follow company directives to reduce material use and weight, where feasible, which in turn yields lower energy and transportation costs. High material production standards are always met to ensure that recycled materials can stand up to quality package demands for maintaining product freshness.

Making Good Use of Recycled Materials

Plastipak uses the inherent resilience of plastics as a key resource for developing sensible, environmentally-friendly packaging lines.Plastics are flexible, durable and endlessly recyclable, permitting limitless use and reuse. The recyclable nature of plastics opens the way for Plastipak to construct its manufacturing to help reclaim bottles rather than only creating new plastics.Clean Tech provides the critical component of this system with its capability of recycling HDPE and PET bottles to produce highly useful post consumer materials.

We Reuse Our Own Recycled Materials
Plastipak's commitment to using renewable and recyclable materials along with reduced content is at the heart of its sustainability initiative. The company manufactures an array of containers for both food and non-food products using recycled plastic produced by Clean Tech. For instance, Clean Tech recycled material replaces at least 10% of the plastic content for a line of beverage bottles.

Experience Four year degree in relevant major and/or 3-5 years of relevant warehousing experience (preferably in manufacturing environment)
QualificationHigh School diploma or general education degree (GED)
Contact Details
Contact NameHR
Contact Email erecruiting[at]plastipak.com
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