Bindery Equipment Operator

HarperCollins Publishers
 Depew, NY


Sets up and operates the bindery equipment and guillotine cutter station for the book printing operation. Palletizes finished product.


  • Sets up and operates the bindery equipment and guillotine cutter station.
  • Performs continuous inspections on trimming, gluing, cover placement, cooling and cutting functions to ensure achievement of productivity targets and quality standards.
  • Ensures that covers are adhering to the book.
  • Conducts machine changeovers throughout the day.
  • Troubleshoots equipment and makes minor repairs as needed. Alerts department mechanic of any technical problems.
  • Palletizes finished product.
  • Maintains and completes various reports including time and production records as required.
  • Keeps machinery clean and performs routine operator services to maintain the orderliness and operating status of the machines.
  • Follows standard operating procedures as instructed and adopts practives and behaviors that achieve efficiency and productivity rates.
  • Adheres to quality specifications within each assignment and performs prescribed quality checks as instructed.
  • Works collaboratively as member of team and must demonstrate and support Harlequin's Core Values/Guiding Behaviors when working with others.
  • Follows all safety guidelines and procedures.
  • Supports 5S initiatives ensuring areas are clean and free from debris and pallets.
  • Performs marginal tasks


Educcation and/or Experience:

  • H.S. education or GED required. Mechanical aptitude required.
  • Six months to one-year previous machine operation with experience in troubleshooting, setup and operation preferred.
  • Knowledge of UPC/EAN cover codes preferred.
  • Knowledge of PkMS (or other warehouse management system) preferred.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Must be able to troubleshoot machines and identify and correct problems.
  • Must be able to perform stock verifications and quality checks.
  • Must be able to use sound judgment and decision making skills while troubleshooting and operating machines.

Communication Ability:

  • Must be able to communicate (articulate) with Mechanic and other printing equipment operators.

Physical Demands:

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, hear, grasp, operate objects and controls, reach with hands and arms, use close and distant vision and adjust focus.
  • Regularly required to stoop, bend, crouch, use computer, lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Occasionally required to talk, climb stairs, and lift from 10 to 25 lbs.

Work Environment:

  • Frequently works near moving parts.
  • Regularly exposed to paper dust.
  • Regularly works with noise of moderate levels.