Machine Operator

This position reports to the Line Leader and receives indirect work direction from the Shift Leader and/or Technical Specialist. The position is responsible for the safe operation of the asset equipment and process.


  • Comply with facility safety rules.
  • Operate asset equipment safely to support and achieve customer satisfaction
  • Participate in facility and asset safety initiatives.
  • Responsible for on-shift quality checks
  • Ensure product quality meets customer requirements
  • Support the evolution of site systems and initiatives.
  • Perform operator maintenance reliability tasks to support operation team objectives.
  • Develop as the on-shift SME for designated asset area and provide training as needed.
  • Identify and correct issues with equipment and process operation
  • Ensure machines are running at Centerline specifications
  • Perform grade change activities
  • Provide input to equipment and process improvement initiatives.
  • Initiate work orders in established system.
  • Participate in annual performance reviews and one-on-one feedback.
  • Achieve mastery in operating positions as defined in the training progression chart.
  • Report sub-standard issues to the Line Leader
  • Provide operator coverage of vacancy for other teams.
  • Participate in assigned collateral duties in support of achieving a World Class Manufacturing facility
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Reports to Line Leader; performance reviews conducted by Shift Leader.


  • No external working relationships




Education and Experience Background:

  • High School Diploma/equivalent preferred and 3 years commensurate experience, required.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading/writing English.
  • Basic computer skills

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Technical experience with machine operation in a manufacturing environment.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to operate and understand principles of machinery


  • Must be flexible and responsive to the needs of the department/ business.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Must be able to work 12 hour shifts and rotations.
  • Must be able to sit, bend, stand and walk during scheduled shift.


Applying for a position with Mercury Paper:

Please complete, sign, and date the Mercury Paper application listed above and scan/email to Completed applications may also be mailed to 495 Radio Station Rd, Strasburg, VA 22657, Attention Human Resources Assistant.

You are welcome to include your resume and cover letter. Candidates may also apply at a local Virginia Employment Commission office or on their job search website.