Cheese Maker at Prairie Farms in Shullsburg, Wisconsin

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Job Description:

The Cheese Maker is responsible for overseeing the cheese making process to produce a finished product which meets or exceeds the requirements of cheese standards and those of the customer.


  • Performs all functions associated with processing milk into cheese within the guidelines of the standard operating
    procedures (SOP).

  • Follows a specific recipe and time constraints to achieve optimum yields.

  • Safely and effectively operates pasteurizing equipment.

  • Controls cheese culture using time and temperatures with good manufacturing programs.

  • Understands the function, application and use of cultures, molds, coagulants, enzymes and milk.

  • Knowledgeable in cleaning chemical application and safety.

  • Ensures proper knowledge of Critical Control Point.

  • Performs sanitation requirements and master sanitation schedules.

  • Keeps accurate records of all actions, runs accurate tests and takes accurate samples.

  • Cleans and sanitizes equipment according to procedures.

  • Documents chemical concentrations.

  • Evaluates performance of Cheese Maker Assistants and trains and coaches as needed.

  • Assists in any other areas of the manufacturing plant when necessary.


· Must have a Cheese Maker License (or ability to obtain with specified time frame of hire).

· Must have a minimum high school diploma or equivalent skills by experience.

· Must be able to read, interpret and understand written and oral directions.

· Knowledge of proper use of equipment, materials and supplies needed.

· Must demonstrate basic math skills to calculate production yields, and understand weights and measures.

· Ability to communicate verbally and in writing and understand and write in the English language.

· Must be able to work flexible hours and weekends. Position is hourly and OT eligible.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

  • Sit, stand or walk for prolonged periods of time.

  • Use hands and fingers to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms on a repetitive

  • Must be able to lift, bend, stoop, push/pull exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds
    frequently and/or up to 20 pounds constantly to move objects.

  • Requires visual acuity to review written documentations; ability to hear and understand speech.

  • There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.

  • There is exposure to a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, and exposure to heat/cold temperature changes.