Bindery Operator

  • Anaheim, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a full suite of multi-platform editorial and advertising products, Southern California News Group (SCNG) is one of the most powerful and influential media companies in Southern California. Our family of eleven (11) daily newspapers, associated websites, social media channels, multiple weekly newspapers and magazines and creative marketing services forms a powerful communications tool that can drive your company’s message home in America’s 2nd largest market. We are an extensive, integrated network of local brands that attract local audiences in markets that matter.

Founded in 1991 as a small print shop, SCNG Printing (part of SCNG) was first created to offer the same unparalleled quality and service to a handful of outside partners that is seen in our own newspapers, magazines and custom-published media products. Today, SCNG Printing (formerly Freedom Printing and Anaheim Print Facility) has grown into one of the largest and finest commercial printers in Southern California. We lead the field in print and prepress printing solutions, and have since expanded our technology and production capabilities. We are passionate about what we do, and proud of the ways we've helped our partners expand their businesses.

Job Description

A Stitcher Operator is primarily responsible for set-up, running, & teardown of the 335 saddle stitch machine. Additional cross training will be provided so that one can operate other bindery machinery as needed.


  • Reports to the Bindery Manager any concerns to ensure that both technical and workflow issues are addressed and optimized
  • Able to trouble-shoot and problem solve on difficult projects
  • Ensures that saddle-stitching equipment is optimized and operating within required standards in terms of process controls, planned maintenance schedules, make-ready, and running standards
  • Able to read and interpret information from the bindery paperwork. That includes job tickets and schedules
  • Achieves competency and meets standards in regards to make-ready and run times as established by the department
  • Communicates with the Press Manager on the validity of standards and expectations from the project plan
  • Aids in the development and use of quality and process controls as required by their Manager
  • Able to produce high-quality work in the allotted timeframes
  • Is responsible for accurately recording production reports
  • Responsible to coach, train, and direct any general workers, apprentice bindery employees, and temporary labor in executing tasks when they are assisting with the stitching equipment
  • Operates other bindery equipment when necessary to maintain the flexibility of the bindery department
  • Recommends equipment repairs, parts, and supplies as needed
  • Coordinates pass-off of information between adjacent shifts, with the goal of minimizing downtime and increasing productivity through information sharing
  • Adheres to company policies and procedures, and abides by safety regulations
  • Participates in specific continuous improvement initiatives
  • Ensures that their work area and the rest of the bindery remain clean and tidy.


  • Infrequent reaching, bending and stooping
  • Frequent standing
  • Ability to visually inspect all work for defects


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Stitcher Operator: 2 years


  • Basic bindery knowledge and skills to operate bindery machinery, specifically the saddle stitcher
  • Relevant equipment experience & training
  • Technical and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of applicable bindery procedures
  • Knowledge of general maintenance procedures
  • Ability to develop new techniques for handling work
  • Ability to anticipate problems and head them off
  • Ability to communicate and understand written as well as oral instructions
  • Basic math including fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Knowledge of company policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate positive safety attitude
  • Knowledge of production materials
  • Knowledge of quality methods and techniques

Additional Information

Southern California News Group is an equal opportunity employer who supports a diverse workforce. We offer competitive wages and benefits packages that include medical, dental, vision, 401(K) plan and more. 

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