Bindery Operator III

Saint Louis, MO

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Hiring Department

UMSL Printing & Postal Services

Job Description

Perform skilled work generally complex in nature performed in the bindery. May include lead responsibilities and the operation of specialized equipment for binding or other preparation of printed materials. Work is distinguished from lower levels in that primary assignments require a greater degree of skill in the operation and maintenance of special purpose equipment for tasks that call for good knowledge of binding techniques. This is the most senior bindery operator level, requiring the ability to operate and have a working knowledge of most equipment in the department.

Key Responsibilities
  • Set up, operate and make adjustments for special purpose bindery equipment including automatic collators, automatic stitcher-trimmer machines, signature folding machines, large paper cutters, programmed paper cutters, perfect binding equipment, and other specialized binding equipment.
  • Provide functional guidance for bindery operations in absence of immediate supervisor. Prepare job order envelopes, assign work, give instructions, train and inspect work in progress and completed assignments. Provide senior instruction on the operation, maintenance and techniques used to produce the best possible finished product.
  • Perform routine cleanup and maintenance of various pieces of bindery equipment. Assist in minor repairs, adjustment and replacement of parts. May perform specialized maintenance and major repair work on one or more pieces of intricate, special purpose bindery equipment and related machinery. Diagnose malfunctions of equipment and determine necessary corrective action; adjust, clean and replace defective parts as needed.
  • Receive instructions and respond to customer service representatives, management, and co-workers with information about proper bindery techniques and solutions to difficult bindery problems.
  • May direct and operate special purpose equipment or perform manual tasks as necessary. May operate non-automated stitching machines, staplers, hole punchers, perforators, etc. May wrap packages, assemble forms and associated binding tasks.
  • May receive, check, store and shelve paper and other supplies utilized in press and bindery room operation.
  • May perform functional guidance over bindery operations in absence of immediate supervisor. Prepare job order tickets, assign work, give instructions, train and inspect work in progress and completed assignments. Offer functional guidance and direction to subordinate employees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to daily delivery of jobs to on-campus locations, a capacity to lift 50 to 80 pounds when required, ability to climb and descend stairs, the flexibility to bend/twist/squat/stand, and the need to drive and walk to on-campus locations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to the process of large format printing/mounting of posters, printing b/w or color copies, or catching/boxing from printing equipment as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Salary: $16.25 - $19.50/ Hourly

Minimum Qualifications

A high school diploma and 4 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least two years of experience as a Bindery Operator II, or four years of experience and training in general or specialized bindery work.
  • Ability to set up, operate and adjust three or more pieces of special purpose bindery equipment consisting of folders, cutters, stitcher, laminator, drill, and GBC/Coil/Tape bind machines.
  • Ability to grasp, lift, carry and set down objects of medium weight (10-25 lbs.) on a daily basis, and as needed, lift objects of heavy weight (50-80 lbs.).
  • Ability to climb/descend stairs, bend/twist/squat/stand at any given time during performance of duties.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Good finger dexterity; normal eyesight.
  • Knowledge of Mac and PC computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is a plus.
Application Deadline

Open until filled.

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment during the application process. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

For questions about the application process, please call (314) 516-5805. If you are experiencing technical problems, please

Benefit Eligibility

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefits, please visit:

Diversity Commitment

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

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  • Posted: 06/24/2022