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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Lead - APC in Sublette, Kansas

Job Description:

This position will coordinate production team members and their work activities, ensuring the safe production of a quality product processed in accordance with mandated and established company procedures.


Education: High School diploma or G.E.D. required.

Experience: Experience in a food processing or non-edible food processing environment required.


Production Process:

  • Analyze, forecast and plan production objectives.

  • If required by site, schedule production operators and assign maintenance work orders as needed.

  • Coordinate production area workflow including:

  • The unloading and blending of raw products.

  • Packaging the raw product.

  • Maximizing production efficiencies and machine utilization.

  • Troubleshoot the production process including:

  • Assist maintenance/utility person with repairs on equipment/machinery breakdowns or notify appropriate personnel to coordinate outside repair services.

  • Ensure the flow of production, redirecting production employees to areas of the process needing immediate attention.

  • Document and understand required data to control production processes.

  • Assist in the development and updating of standard operating procedures.

  • Complies with and follows company food safety and quality policies.

  • Monitor the production processes, anticipate production concerns and make effective decisions while striving for continuity of the production process.

  • Demonstrate proficiency using each piece of equipment on the floor.

  • Complete daily reports in absence of production supervisor.

  • May create bills of lading and pick pallets for outbound loads.

  • Ability to work outside the regular shift hours to assist as needed.

Training & Development:

  • Provide safety training, including all mandated sanitary policies and regulations, according to established procedures.

  • Conducts and provides quality and production training for production personnel.

  • Coach team members in support of Production Supervisor or Superintendent.


  • Maintain a clean production area for safe working conditions.

  • Assigns work, ensures employees have what they need to get the job done.

  • Keeps watch over product being made, which may frequently include running machine(s).

  • This role does not typically have administrative management duties. This role provides recommendations for employment actions including performance evaluations, but does not personally carry out hiring, terminations, or discipline.

  • Attend all Supervisory and Safety meetings at the designated times.

  • Comply with and aid Supervisor/Superintendent in ensuring team member compliance with company’s Code of Conduct and Respectful Workplace policy.

  • The Production Lead will cover work direction activities in the absence of the Production Supervisor.

  • Environment policies as well as all other company policies.


  • Ability to troubleshoot malfunctions in equipment/machinery and perform repairs.

  • Specific knowledge of industrial production processes in an edible or non-edible food processing plant.

  • Ability to operate and train personnel on equipment and machinery used in the processing of product.

  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality related to all duties and responsibilities

  • Ability to monitor the production processes, anticipate production concerns and make effective decisions while striving for continuity of the production process.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and implement continuous quality improvement.

  • Ability to maintain steady and quality work output from the team and foster positive attitudes among employees.

  • Ability to perform basic and complex mathematical calculations.

  • Ability to work daily and overtime as necessary.

  • Ability to remain calm and professional during peak periods.

  • General knowledge of OSHA standards and safe work practices.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with company personnel, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and other business related contacts.

  • Ability to adhere to USDA, OSHA, and other regulatory and compliance record keeping requirements.

  • Knowledge of dryer operation and membrane filtration processes.

  • Knowledge of industrial production processes in an edible or non-edible food processing plant.

  • Ability to operate forklifts and non-motorized pallet jacks as needed.

  • Ability to operate company vehicles as required.

  • If qualified, trained and required by site: ability to change bags in the bag house.

  • Ability to assist in other work related areas as requested.


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Continuous

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching Above Shoulder - Frequent

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Occasional

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 55 Pounds - Occasional

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials - Occasional

Weighing from 0 to 500 Pounds

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Vision: Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to - Yes

Access Required Information and to Perform Job Duties

Color Definition Required: - No

Hearing: Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to

Communicate/Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Mobility: Ability to be mobile throughout required work areas.

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - N/A

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Continuous

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.