Share this Job

Extruder Operator - $1,500 Sign On Bonus


Lebanon, TN, US, 37090


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.


Title: Extruder Operator


Primary Responsibilities

 Responsible for the safe and efficient operation and set up of all extruding, drying and coating equipment to meet or exceed daily production requirements.

 Must observe proper Lockout/Tagout and all safety procedures as required

 Must be able to operate and control extruders, so that all food safety temperatures and gelatinization requirements are met.

 Proficient in completing all required food safety/quality checks and understand the consequences of out of compliance.

 Report or take appropriate action when food safety/quality checks do not meet set specifications such as, temperature, kibble size, moisture, density, color, texture or foreign materials.

 Monitor running efficiency of processing equipment including downtime, through-put and food safety requirements.

 Ability to read and understand the daily production run schedule, and execute to that plan.

 Clearly communicate to manager and/or others any disruptions to production plan, quality failures or issues, equipment downtime and material deficiencies

 Maintain functional knowledge of all equipment in milling/processing area

 Cross train and train others in functional area

 Improve operations through individual and group problem solving. Provide leadership in solving problems that disrupts the daily production goals

 Maintain a clean, safe work environment that promotes associate safety and product integrity

 Other duties and/or responsibilities as assigned by the lead or supervisor


Physical Requirements

 Must be capable of working at elevated heights

 Must be able to lift 50lbs repetitively

 Must be able to lift up to 65 lbs. occasionally

 Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust dirt and chemicals


Other Requirements

 Must be able to adapt to a flexible working schedule, including different rotations, shifts, overtime hours, weekends and holidays


Education, Experience and Skills Required

 Minimum of three years manufacturing experience

 Certified in Forklift operation

 High school diploma or equivalent

 Good basic math, reading and writing skills

 Basic knowledge of personal computers

 Good problem solving and/or troubleshooting skills

 Ability to work in a self-directed manner with minimal supervision and a positive attitude

 Working knowledge of Safety, Quality and Material Management Systems and procedures

 Working Knowledge of food safety, GMP, GHOP, HACCP, SPC

 Complex problem solving, communication skills Decision Making Authority and Impact

 The Extruder Operator is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the line to meet and /or exceed production objectives. Operations Manager and Shift Supervisor provide guidance and or assistance when needed.


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: Nashville