The Batch-Blend Operator is responsible for operating continuous flow or vat-type equipment to process milk, cream, and other dairy products, following specified methods and formulas.
Responsible for quality, food safety and product specifications.
Monitor blending equipment according to the specifications of components and blend amounts.
Control valves, pumps, speed and temperatures in accordance with industry standards for blending.
Must adhere to established testing procedures and provide required samples to the laboratory.
Must be able to assemble and disassemble equipment for proper cleaning/sanitizing and operating per manufacturer instructions.
Observe and test system operation, using gauges and instruments.
Engage in dismantling, assembling, and installing refrigeration equipment.
Maintain communication with other departments, management and employees and notify them of any problems and/or concerns that may restrict the efficiency of production.
Ensure all paperwork is filled out in a clear, legible and accurate format, and completed with required information.
Ensure all required information is documented in accordance with SOP's.
Analyze process data and equipment performance data to improve quality, throughput, and troubleshoot.
Utilizing continuous improvement mindset, assist in identifying opportunities to improve processes.
Follow Good Manufacturing Practices.
Maintain a clean, sanitary and safe work area.
Follow all required work safe practices. This would include wearing of all required PPE in designated areas, confined space safety, safe chemical handling, fall restraints, etc.
Responsible for food safety, pre-requisite programs and food quality related to designated area. Report any food safety and food quality related issues to management immediately.
Perform other duties as assigned.
High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.
6 months related experience required.
Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
Experience within the food and beverage industry preferred.
Must be able to stand, walk, kneel and bend for virtually the entire shift. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds frequently. Using a safety harness; will be required to climb high, restricted areas.
Must be able to work in a wet environment. Some exposure to chemicals.
Must be willing to work flexible hours including overtime, weekends and holidays.
Be able to effectively work in a team environment.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
Must be able to pass all pre*employment screens (including drug, background and criminal checks).
Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug. Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law). Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.