Ink Supervisor - Lansing, MI

Lansing / Michigan / United States

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Ink Supervisor - Lansing, MI

5800 West Grand River Ave
Lansing, Michigan, 48906
United States

GENERAL PURPOSE:  Assure that all inks and coatings meet or exceed substrate and application requirements.  Supply presses with ink and coatings to meet customer specifications.  Coordinate all aspects of color control and quality. Monitor ink mixing, color matching and ink equipment maintenance.  Oversee the operation of the assembly area, and control ink and coatings inventories. Assist and educate employees in related fields. Oversee and perform research and development in aspects of inks, coatings and substrates and printing related science. Responsible for day-to-day management of department including handing out work assignments, daily planning, managing performance of direct reports, operational decisions, problem-solving, and conflict management.



  • Assures ink color match meets customer requirements for all printed materials.
  • Performs color matches including formulating and entering into software database.
  • Maintains ink and coatings inventory.
  • Manages ink equipment function, machine calibration, and maintenance.

  • Delegates work assignments to direct reports and sets performance goals and consistently holds employees accountable for meeting performance standards.

  • Works with customers for job approvals.

  • Monitors ink usage and inventory.

  • Prepares appropriate monthly reports and maintains records as needed.

  • Qualifies/verifies suppliers and incoming inks.

  • Mixes and proofs formulas and ensures database storage of all ink recipes

  • Proactively manage departmental metrics that impact cost.

  • Conducts on-time performance reviews of direct reports.

  • Plans and schedules staffing to meet workload requirements and productivity standards.

  • Creates color standards.

  • Trains or ensures training is conducted in Safety, GMPs, Quality systems rules and procedures.

  • Makes sound operational decisions, embracing continuous improvement and implementing cost saving measures when applicable.

  • Leads anilox scope program inspecting  and validating incoming tooling.

  • Assures accurate measurement of anilox ink film thickness and relates to color matching.

  • Maintains database and examines tooling (anilox) to monitor wear and performance.

  • Provides training on basics of anilox rolls, ink chemistry, color theory, spectrophotometry, ink usage, and other ink/tooling related issues.

  • Maintains 5S program as well as diagnose and rework suspect inks or press returns to minimize waste.

  • Works closely with customer to ensure specific color criteria is built into press run and job approval process.

  • Reviews job specs and press run samples for accuracy and adherence to customer specific requests.

  • Stays up to date with current ink mixing technology and application equipment.

  • Troubleshoots ink and coating problems.

  • Researches new ink and coating systems.

  • Works with production and management team on special projects.

  • Performs other job duties as assigned.



  • Must have high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must have at least three years’ experience in the ink room.
  • Must have 2 years’ technical training and experience or 2 years’ vocational or technical degree in related field required.
  • Must have 5 years’ ink and coatings experience.
  • Ink and anilox database management experience required.
  • Familiarity with ink mixing system software preferred.
  • Process and systems management experience preferred.
  • Must have basic personal computer skills including electronic mail and word processing.
  • Must be able to meet and/or pass the minimum requirement on a mechanical test.
  • Must have ability to conduct training as needed. 
  • Must be able to maintain, troubleshoot and run mixers and dispensing equipment.
  • Must be able to use densitometers and spectrophotometers.
  • Must be able to clearly discuss ink problems with employees and give them guidance.
  • Must fully understand all ink and varnish systems used on presses.
  • Must have mathematical skills at level to perform job satisfactorily.
  • Must be able to function well in a fast paced environment.
  • Must demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must pass color vision and color hue tests.
  • Must be able to maintain good attendance.
  • Must be reliable and dependable.
  • Must be able to perform all essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation.








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