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Machine Operator - Sikeston, MO

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Supply Chain
Sikeston, MO
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Background & Purpose of the Job

This position efficiently operates assigned equipment to produce product at prescribed standards; minimize material waste and product loss.  The position also oversees all aspects of line function.  The range of Operator roles varies between categories and technologies, but generally sits within the Filling, Forklift and Material Transfer, Mixer, Packing, Reporting, Shaping and Water Machinery Job Families. The Machine Operator is responsible for the safe operation of production equipment to deliver customer requirements through completion of the production plan, adhering to quality standards and maximizing cost effectiveness, optimal running and equipment efficiency.  She/he is expected to carry out cleaning and inspection activities and record any issues/problems with the equipment to pass to the Technical Operator to resolve.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

Set up machine for production including assembling freezers and various parts of machine, assemble necessary ingredients, sanitize lines, and adjust machine to formula specifications. Monitor equipment for malfunctions, solving minor problems without assistance and eliminating potential threats to production.  Communicate effectively with Supervisors and maintenance personnel regarding recurring problems and needs for repair.  Take part in PM’s.  Follow lubrication programs and maintain lube log. Oversee all operations at the workstation including responsibilities of the Wrapper Operators and Hand-packers.  Work effectively with Wrapper operators and Handpackers to ensure smooth operation of line.  Help work in tubs from freezer.  Report any problems to Supervisors. Be involved with WCM and take part in continues improvement process.

Technical - Knowledge and application of technical skills to operate machinery safely and effectively in order to meet the production plan.  Conduct cleaning and lubrication as required.

Carry out product and process changeovers/wash-outs to maintain quality standards whilst minimizing the impact to the production plan.

Possesses an awareness of the principals of mechanism, motion and pneumatics.  

Safety – Working knowledge of the workplace and the hazards within it. 

Utilize appropriate safety and environmental procedures relating to the Sourcing Unit and allocated equipment to ensure a safe working environment for the whole team.  The position may require an individual to stand, stoop, move equipment; bend, reach, or lift for prolonged periods of time.  PPE includes safety glasses, hearing protection and sanitary footwear. 

Environment - Reduce costs due to waste and minimize impact to health, safety and the environment through working to eliminate waste and through the correct management of waste and hazardous materials. Quality - Ensure that all aspects of Quality within the area of responsibility are in accordance with local Quality procedures to protect and promote the brand and product. Comply with all GMP/quality issues including all charting procedures.  Follow established procedures for monitoring product specifications such as bar weight, product size, machine output, speed, wrap, code dates, product quality etc.  Keep areas clean and dry.

Continuous Improvement Knowledge- understanding of the key principles of WCM and an awareness of the tools used to identify and prioritize losses in the production area and eliminate them; role requires data collection.  Monitor measures and performance after initial improvements and take further action as required. 

Problem Solving – A Working Knowledge of how to identify, prioritize and address problems using appropriate tools and techniques that eliminate recurrence.  Must demonstrate initiative. 

Teamwork – Must be a good team player capable of working within a highly effective team; responsible, supportive and able communicator.  Physical Ability – Machine Operators require a level of agility to move quickly between workstations, ascend and descend steps often carrying loads.  Assembly and control operations also require a level of hand eye coordination and finger dexterity.  Monitoring and Quality assurance tasks require an adequate level of sight and smell.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

High Schoool Diploma or GED

At lest 2 years of manufacturing experience

Must be flexible within pattern of shift work to accommodate factory shutdowns, training courses etc.


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