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Bindery Finishing Operator Level 1

FLSA Status: non-exempt
Reports to: Supervisor
Employment Status: Full time


The Bindery / Finishing Operator Level 1 has a background in book binding and book finishing systems. They can operate, maintain, and troubleshoot this machinery when it breaks down and should be able to get the machine running again in most cases. This individual must be able to express themselves clearly and be able to train less experienced staff on the correct operation of the machines as needed.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Operate and troubleshoot popular Standard / Horizon binding Equipment including BQ 470 / 480 or BQ 270/280
  • Operate and troubleshoot popular Standard / Horizon finishing Equipment including HT80 / HT1000 3- knife trimmers
  • Operate and troubleshoot guillotine cutters / single-blade trimmers as needed
  • Solid understanding of all binding and trimming issues
  • Solid understanding of standard operating procedures and maintenance of all binding and trimming equipment
  • Work in a safe manner following all safety procedures
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Express themselves clearly in both verbal and written communication
  • All other duties as assigned. 
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Digital printing and print shop experience required.
  • Should have moderate mechanical ability.
  • Ability to be self-directed.
  • Physical abilities. Standing and walking for long periods of time, must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Travel requirements. 0 %
  • Direct experience with BQ-480 and HT1000s preferred
About the Company

IPG is the second largest independent distributor of books and e-books in the world, and one of the top 10 suppliers of book content to Barnes & Noble, Apple,, and Kobo, among thousands of other retailers globally. Want to know who’s behind that new book on your coffee table? Chances are good that your bookstore sourced it from IPG.

IPG operates a book manufacturing center on Chicago’s west side. This cutting-edge, 20,000 sq. foot facility features brand-new roll-fed ink jet printing equipment and the latest finishing equipment from Standard-Horizon, Hunkler, and Canon, including the popular BQ-480 and BQ-270 binding lines and the new HT-1000 automated 3-knife trimmer.

The operation specializes in book-of-one production and can currently produce between 2,000 and 5,000 units per day. Join a rapidly expanding business unit at IPG!