Machine Operator/Industrial Cook

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Located in Waukesha, WI

Position:  Machine/Industrial Cook Operator
Job Summary:  This position is mainly responsible for the safe and efficient operation of process equipment and packaging equipment from start-up to shut-down for processing and packaging of food resulting in safe quality food for human consumption. The mixing and cooking of candy recipes may also be a part of this job.

  • Change programs/parameters in chocolate tempering machines, depositors, enrobers and various machines related to, checkweighing, coding, packaging, filming, bagging, taping, etc.
  • Assemble pipes, pumps and kettle parts to be used for cooking/mixing candy recipes and other equipment related to the depositing, coating and forming of various candy products, often using common hand tools.
  • Follow recipes to weigh ingredients, use equipment to mix and cook, and use instruments to measure temperature, viscosity and brix.
  • Use PPE for various tasks related to cooking and operating equipment.
  • Comply with good manufacturing practices and using standard operating procedures when processing, depositing, extruding and enrobing various candy products according to the production schedule to meet customer demand.
  • Inspecting food materials prior to and during use to prevent introduction of foreign materials and prevent food safety risks and substandard quality products made or packaged in our facilities.
  • Training new permanent and temporary employees.
    • Training for safe practices in accordance with all company guidelines/policies related to personal safety, food safety, quality and efficiency.
    • Giving direction to new permanent employees and temporary employees to perform tasks according to their supervisor’s direction.
      • Correct nonconforming performance to prevent immediate personal and food safety risks.
      • Alert supervisors or management of nonconforming behavior/activities that violate company guidelines/policies.
  • Planning and prioritizing work activities for efficiency, quality and safe execution of the schedule production and all other assigned work.
  • Promote an atmosphere that builds the team by continuously improving job skills and giving people positive feedback.
  • Collaborate with internal, (and occasionally external), customers and vendors for effective completion of scheduled and unscheduled production. This includes but is not limited to other cooks/machine operators, management, maintenance personnel, supervisors, QA, Inventory control, temp agency representatives and warehouse/shipping personnel.
    • Communicate with other team members in a professional and pleasant manner.
  • Completing all required paperwork.
  • Work all line worker positions as needed when not cooking or operating machines or when help is needed on the lines due to a lack of staffing or surges in production volume.
  • Use rework as soon as possible and in accordance with company guidelines and policies.
  • Enter all necessary production data into the computer system.
  • Use electric pallet movers, hand operated pallet jacks, barrel moving equipment and forklifts.   (After appropriate training)
  • Ensure that all food containers are tagged correctly with Description, LOT, Item Number and quantity.
  • Keep all utensils, containers and other food contact surfaces clean and sanitary.
  • Preventing cross contamination between allergens and between food contact and non-food contact surfaces.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervision and/or management, including but not limited to, cleaning, operating power equipment, taking inventory, various inspections and attending meetings and training events.

Location:  Sun Prairie, WI
Pay:  $15-17/hr.
Schedule:  1st Shift, Monday – Thursday with OT on Fridays
Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education: Minimum of high school diploma or GED or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Familiarity with HACCP, GMPs, SQF as part of GFSI, Allergens and Personal Protective Equipment after being trained.

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  • Medical Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Holiday Pay (6 Days Observed)
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Vision/Eyewear Plan
  • Vacation Pay
  • Life Insurance
  • Prescription Drug Reimbursement
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Referral Bonuses

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