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Lead Packaging Technician - Saratoga Springs, NY

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  • Lead Packaging Technician - Saratoga Springs, NY

    Ninth Planet Beverage Solutions is a contract beverage packaging company located in Saratoga Springs, NY that provides beverage blending, filling into aluminum cans, and secondary packaging with a focus on quality, creativity, community, and craft. Never ones to shy away from interesting flavors, twists on tradition, and unique ingredients, we are a collaborative, passionate, and fun-loving team who appreciate a work-life balance. Providing our staff with opportunities for professional growth is an important priority. You also get to sample the drinks.

    We are seeking a Lead Line Operator to be an integral part of our Production team. The Line Operator is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the canning line and for assisting the rest of the production team in completing daily projects. This is also a supervisory role, and the ideal candidate will be able to be the point person for different tasks and projects. The role requires technical abilities to operate and maintain machinery. We are seeking someone with a strong work ethic to lead by example, and the willingness to support your team in learning the nuances of the work.

    Roles and Responsibilities
    • Safely and efficiently operate a canning line consisting of KHS Innofill CAN-C 27/6 and ancillary equipment.
    • Ensure canning equipment and hardware are in functioning order. Perform maintenance and properly report and document issues as needed.
    • Lead and keep the packaging team motivated and working efficiently.
    • Inspect can seams with a micrometer and specialized software. Calibrate seamer as necessary.
    • Inspect the quality of packaged products and assure they are fit for distribution.
    • Assist with record keeping to assure correct inventory counts for canning runs.
    • Work closely with the management team to explore strategies to improve the production process, increase efficiency and minimize losses.
    • Effectively communicate with different teams (Blending, Purchasing, Quality Assurance, Shipping and Client Services) to achieve company production goals.
    • Maintain a safe, clean, orderly, and sanitary environment in all packaging-related areas (tanks, trench drains, canning lines, hose lines, pumps, kegs, conveyors, floor, etc.).
    • Understand operations of all packaging equipment including depalletizer, CIJ date coder, canning filler, X-Ray fill height inspection, labeler, cartonizer, tray former, shrink bundler, inline blending and carbonation skid, CIP tank and procedures, seamer calibration, dissolved oxygen measurements as well as SQF standards

    • Experience working in a brewery/winery/distillery or food and beverage production environment is strongly preferred.
    • Experience with CIP processes and KHS fillers is highly preferred.
    • Tech Savvy– Able to use Google Suites and in-house app for communication and record keeping
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
    • Mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills and attention to detail will enable success in the role.
    • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills.
    • Desire to contribute to the improvement of work processes.
    • Still apply if you have transferable skills and have a desire to work in the craft beverage industry

    This position will be required to work at our Saratoga Springs, NY facility on a Monday-Friday Schedule, with occasional nights and weekends.

    Ninth Planet Beverage Solutions is an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified persons. We offer a competitive salary with a benefits package including medical, dental, paid time off, and a retirement plan.

    Application Instructions: Please send a resume and short cover letter introducing yourself to