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Republic Services Lead Operator in Indianapolis, Indiana

Republic Services is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through our subsidiaries, Republic’s collection operations, transfer stations, recycling processing centers, landfills and environmental services provide effective solutions to make recycling and waste disposal effortless for our 14 million customers nationwide. Our 36,000 employees working in 41 states and Puerto Rico are committed to providing a superior customer experience while helping ensure a cleaner, safer and healthier world for future generations.

Why Work with Us

At Republic Services, we strive to create a workplace that is meaningful and rewarding at every level of our organization. Our employees thrive in an atmosphere where safety is revered, and each person can be a compassionate steward of our environment. We hire the best people to make Republic a great place to work. We are focused on attracting talented individuals across professions who are as committed to serving customers and the planet as we are. We’re proud to be recognized on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Forbes World’s Most Innovative Companies, Forbes Best Employers for Women, Forbes Best Large Employers and Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies lists. Republic is also the only company in our industry that is a certified Great Place to Work.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Lead Operator is responsible for the safe operation of machinery and equipment at a recycling facility, landfill or transfer station. The position is accountable for coordinating the daily activities of Heavy Equipment Operators or Stationary Equipment Operators, ensuring that all work and processes adhere to safety regulations, as well as federal and state requirements.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Inspect all required equipment at the start of shift, and at each start-up that occurs during the shift. Record all required data in a complete and accurate manner on daily inspection forms. Complete Equipment Condition Report and report any necessary repairs to supervisor and/or maintenance shop.

  • Safely and efficiently operate equipment that may include: forklift, scraper, motor grader, sweeper, baler, excavator, bulldozer, front-end loader and other recycling facility, landfill or transfer station equipment.

  • Continuously monitor equipment to ensure it is operationally ready at all times to minimize down-time; perform basic troubleshooting, if necessary, and report more complicated mechanical issues to maintenance staff to ensure equipment is repaired in most efficient manner possible.

  • Review daily production schedules to accurately estimate hour requirements for completion of job assignments of heavy or stationary equipment operators; establish work procedures to meet production schedules, making adjustments in work procedures as necessary to ensure production schedules can be adhered to.

  • Recommend measures to improve production methods, equipment performance and quality. Suggest changes for equipment use, work space and other enhancements to increase efficiency of shop, department and work crew.

  • Direct employees in completion of work; may interpret Company policies, instructions, specifications, blueprints or job orders for employee understanding; assign duties and work to employees; confer with supervisor or manager to coordinate activities of individual departments or shifts; train or assist in training of new employees.

  • Ensure that shop is clean, serviced and stored at the completion of each shift.

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • One year prior supervisory or lead operator experience working at sites regulated by OSHA.

  • Good time management skills to ensure assigned own responsibilities and those of staff are completed in an efficient and safe manner.

  • Good communication skills; is able to effectively communicate operating issues to management; is a team player and able to motivate staff.

  • Good follow through ability; ability to adhere to work schedule and follows through on challenges as they arise.

  • Ability to adhere to Company policies and rules set forth; promotes the Company’s safety standards; works with a sense of honesty and trustworthiness.

  • Maintains a feeling of pride in work; strives to achieve all goals and motivates the team to do the same

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Three years of prior related experience in equipment operation.

  • Valid certificate(s) of training and applicable licenses for operation of equipment, as required.

Rewarding Compensation and Benefits

Eligible employees can elect to participate in:

• Comprehensive medical benefits coverage, dental plans and vision coverage.

• Health care and dependent care spending accounts.

• Short- and long-term disability.

• Life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment insurance.

• Employee and Family Assistance Program (EAP).

• Employee discount programs.

• 401(k) plan with a generous company match.

• Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP).

The statements used herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by an employee in this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required by an incumbent so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.

Republic Services is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, relationship or association with a protected veteran (spouses or other family members), genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

We work for Earth. Every day, we come to work with two purposes in mind – serving our customers and doing our part to preserve our Blue Planet®. Our commitment to both has led to such things as landfill innovations, solar energy projects, community education designed to teach people to properly recycle, ongoing efforts to reduce our vehicle emissions and improving safety through technology—to name a few. To put it simply, we are 35,000 guardians of the environment, striving to make the world a better place.

Republic Services is more than a recycling and waste services company. We are a company dedicated to turning waste into possibilities. Together, united under the Republic Star, we are working for a cleaner, safer and healthier world where people thrive, not just for today, but for generations to come.

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