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The Hershey Company Machine Operator - Edgerton Plant in Kansas

  • Position Summary:* The primary responsibility of the Machine Operator is to ensure the proper operation of the automated mixing, baking, packaging, and palletizing equipment. Ensure material and finished product is meeting all quality standards while maintaining good practice in regards to safety, sanitation, and productivity. This individual must strive for continuous improvement of the equipment to maximize operating performance and minimize waste and downtime. This person also plays a critical role in the maintenance upkeep of the equipment to report issues. The machine operator will also be known as the site expert on shift to maintain programs and train backups. * Essential Job Function:* * Follow all FDA health and OSHA safety regulations * Create, maintain, update, and follow all machine SOPs and SSOPs to keep consistent quality * Support all standards of safety, quality, sanitation, and productivity * Complete all daily setup, changeover, and shutdown of equipment in a timely manner * Visually inspect product quality on a consistent basis * Recognize and pull inadequate product off the line * Continuously improve to maximize performance of the machine * Create and manage all machine program recipes and make adjustments as needed * Minimize equipment downtime and aim for high efficiency and speed of operation * Minimize waste in the areas of spillage or giveaway * Hit and exceed daily targets set forth * Maintain good documentation on traceability of the materials used and the product made * Communicate with teammates on front end and back end of equipment to meet expectations * Assist with production line on the front end or back end whenever needed * Troubleshoot equipment issues and resolve for continuous operation with minimal downtime * See through the completion of necessary work orders to sustain the upkeep of the equipment * Ensure all safety precautions are taken with equipment operation and repair * Fill out all required paperwork in an accurate and timely manner * Ensure the area is clean and sanitized correctly and up to standard at the end of each shift * Act as shift expert on equipment and train future operators as backups * Maintain good attendance * Other duties as assigned * Position Qualifications:* * Minimum of 1- 2 years experience working with automated machinery * Proven experience in troubleshooting machine programs or mechanical problems * Proven technical background and expertise * Ability to multitask and communicate effectively. * Work Environment & Physical Demands:* * Ability to lift 45 pounds repetitively * Ability to bend, twist, and stand on your feet for an entire shift * Exposed to food production environment and warehouse environment which may involve noise and fluctuating temperatures. The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact the HR Service Center (askhr@hersheys.com).