Tablet Press Operator
Spectrum Brands
 Blacksburg, VA

Division Information

Spectrum Brands – The Pet Care business unit of Spectrum Brands is based in St. Louis, Missouri with distribution, manufacturing and sales offices throughout the US and globe. Owners of dogs, cats, birds, small animals, fish and reptiles rely on our brands for exceptional value and trusted results. Our industry-leading brands include Tetra®, Instant Ocean®, Marineland®, 8-in-1®, Dingo®, FURminator®, Nature's Miracle®, GloFish®, DreamBone® and SmartBones®.

Job Summary

Compounds mix to be used for packaging or finished products measures ingredients and documents chemical usage.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Model the Spectrum Brands Values and Behaviors: Ownership, Teamwork and Agility to achieve service excellence, meet and exceed organizational objectives and support fiscal responsibility.
  • Work with associates in team effort to further company goals concerning productivity, safety, quality and Continuous Improvement initiatives.
  • Obtain batch sheets from Team Coordinator/Supervisor based on a published schedule. Collect raw materials in required amounts and have verified by QA or secondary compounder. Add raw materials to mix and blend per documented procedure.
  • Notify QA that batch is completed and supply a sample for testing and approval as well as any discrepancies in quantity.
  • Identify mixing and holding tanks with product name and batch number. Set up tanks or hoppers in designated production areas or work stations.
  • Record chemical requisitions on mix control sheet.
  • Learn premix procedures and situations when it can be properly used.
  • Maintain and verify cleanliness and organization of premix room, all mixing areas and equipment. Maintain cleaning logs.
  • Order and stock chemicals and supplies as needed for mixing by communicating with Warehouse and Team Coordinator/Supervisor.
  • Follow prescribed safety policies as established by the company.
  • Work with associates in team effort to further company goals concerning productivity, safety, quality and Continuous Improvement initiatives.
  • Assist in inventory counts annually or as required by business needs.
  • Communicate equipment problems to Team Coordinator/Supervisor, providing information such as nature of the problem, equipment involved, frequency, etc.
  • Inform Team Coordinator/Supervisor immediately of any mixing problems (irregular texture, color, smell, etc.).
  • Press and Tablet Machine Operations Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for cleaning, reassembling, and initial set up of press machines in accordance with designated SOP guidelines
  • Verify product hopper contents match the product listed on work order using the proper form for the tablet formula
  • Perform hourly quality checks by checking weight, thickness and hardness of tablets and make necessary adjustments, to ensure the tablets are within specification
  • Fill and label tablet cases in accordance with work order specifications

Education and Experience Profile

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • 1 year experience required in Machine Operation or Mechanic work

Required Skills

  • Able to read and operate common digital and dial quality test equipment.
  • Ability to work independently

Work Environment

Must be able to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance. Must be available to work across multiple shifts. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time. Must wear all prescribed PPE including, but not limited to: hearing protection, safety glasses, respirator and steel toed shoes. Otherwise, working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job/classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Spectrum Brands is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.