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Line Leader - 3rd Shift at Agropur, Inc in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Job Description:

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Job Type:Regular

Working at Agropur means being a member of an extended family where simplicity and honesty are part of everyday life, and where the management style is based on integrity, openness and autonomy. You too can join the Agropur family!
The Line Leader is responsible for performing and/or overseeing all tasks involved in the production of Agropur Ingredients' products, with primary responsibilities of leading the work crew for a specific production line. The Line Leader follows standard work methods and practices safe work habits to ensure production is as efficient and safe as possible. This position is works in all areas of production as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Effectively communicate with Line Leader from previous shift:
    • Report to line ~15 minutes early.
    • Discuss where the run is at and any issues encountered.
  • Ensure safety protocols and GMP procedures are adhered to; going over policies with production operators and staffing employees as needed.
  • Act as back-up and/or Assistant to the Assistant Production Supervisor as needed.
  • Check blend sheet paperwork to make sure the proper components are being used (bags, pallets, fill weights, etc.), confirm that lot numbers match on product, labels, and paperwork.
  • Complete pre-operation inspection log on Daily Production Record.
  • Review production schedule for assigned line and check all necessary items:
    • Check batched materials to ensure they are signed off by Quality Assurance and staged in proper order based on schedule.
    • Ensure any special components are available as needed (oil, oil sprayer, tote dump, type of bags, etc.).
  • Communicate with assigned line crew regarding daily schedule.
  • Coordinate packaging needs (proper size, type, and timing) with appropriate batching employee.
  • Ensure metal detector and sifter checks are being completed by a qualified operator at required frequencies.
  • Check tare weight of scale and ensure tare weight is being maintained during packaging process.
  • Assign employees to specific work stations and inform supervisor of any absences and/or line problems as needed.
  • Monitor all phases of the production line and quality of product being produced:
    • Notify Maintenance of any potential mechanical problems in a timely manner as needed.
    • Perform periodic bag seal inspections.
    • Ensure all required samples are being pulled.
    • Monitor the consistency of the product (watch for color changes or color variation during a run).
    • Ensure pallets are neatly stacked.
    • Ensure bags are being scaled to the correct weight.
    • Perform periodic checks on product yield/recovery during the run.
  • Ensure product change-overs are done properly:
    • Sweep out and tap down tanks (following normal product flow in system).
    • Check sifter tailings and CCP's and record notes on production record.
    • Clear the line of materials used on the finished run (unused labels, bags, etc.); bag up samples and scoops, and turn into Quality Assurance.
    • Close out paperwork for the run (including yield calculation to ensure all materials have been recovered before starting next batch).
  • Maintain a clean and organized workstation and line.
  • Ensure animal feed is bagged, sealed, neatly stacked, and recorded at shift-end.
  • Monitor break times of operators on line.
  • Complete forklift operational checks at the beginning of each shift.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Regularly handle bags of product that are at least 25 kg. (55.115 lbs.).
  • Read ingredients and count how many bags are on a pallet.
  • Place scoops in cans/jars/buckets and place lids on cans/jars/buckets.
  • Stack bags/cans of product as it comes off the various production lines.
  • Seal bags/cans of product as it comes off the various production lines.
  • Bag product as it comes off the various production lines.
  • Dump bags of product into appropriate equipment on the various production lines.
  • Sample product on various production lines as required.
  • Operate forklift, if forklift-operating requirements met.
  • Complete necessary paperwork to ensure all documentation requirements met on various production lines.
  • Operate boxing machine.
  • Palletize product as it comes off the various production lines.
  • Train new production line workers on all lines.
  • This position has regular contact with all production employees as well as the Production Supervisor/Plant Manager to obtain and provide information.
  • This position may have occasional contact with Quality Assurance, as well as with federal/state/regulatory inspectors on an annual basis.
  • Understand and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Safety Protocol
    • Stop any observed unsafe acts and obey facility safety rules and procedures.
    • Correct or report any observed safety hazards.
    • Support safety policies and programs.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.


Education Required:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.

Experience Required:
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in a food manufacturing environment preferred.

Certification/Licensure Required:
  • Forklift Certification/License (in-house training provided).

Skills Required:
  • Ability to provide leadership and positively influence other team members.
  • Able to provide current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others, identifying issues and taking appropriate action.
  • Accurately scopes out length and difficult of tasks and projects, sets objectives and goals, breaks down work into the process steps, develops schedules and assignments, anticipates and adjusts for problems or roadblocks, measures performance against goals, evaluates results.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively at all levels in a collaborative team environment.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with managers and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy in work.
  • Basic computer operational skills; able to input and retrieve computerized information.
  • Basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, adapt to a changing environment quickly, and think independently.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to follow written, verbal and diagrammatic instructions; complete simple checklists and complete required documentation.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to solve problems by adapting knowledge and experience.
  • Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and work to maintain constructive working relationships.

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