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Extruder Operator


Columbia, SC, US, 29209


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.



Extruder Operator


Manager: Zachary Floyd


Role of Position
This role is responsible for operating extruder in conformance to all food safety, safety, and quality specifications.


Principal Accountabilities
· Properly set-up extruder as needed for each product
· Operate extruder as needed to maintain scheduled production rates and quality standards.
· Maintain sanitation standards in work area
· Properly shut down extruder
· Adjust dryers as needed to maintain moisture standards
· Select correct fats, digest and powders; and operate coating system as needed.
· Keep production records as required
· Observe and follow all safety practices and standards.
· This position monitors quality and food safety control points and makes corrective actions to the process if needed.
· Know and understand the site's CCP's and report any findings of deficiencies to site's quality manager.
· Associate is responsible for communicating and elevating any quality and food safety concerns to site management.
· Responsible for communicating and elevating any quality and food safety concerns to site management.


Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
· Communicate appropriate information to coworkers and supervisors. Work as a member of a team.
· Proper set up for various products
· Ability to read and understand written instructions
· Ability to recognize various fats, digests, powders and valves and switches on coating system. Comprehension of finished product bin configuration, batching and mill room operation.
· Ability to understand and achieve job standards in regards to productivity, quality and waste; Ability to lift up to 55 lbs.
· Ability to work in a fast paced manufacturing environment with various schedules


Desired Work Experience
· High School diploma and 2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina