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Packaging Machine Operator

LOCATION: 

Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

JOB CATEGORY:  Supply
REQUISITION NUMBER:  515323

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.

 

Purpose of Role
The Packaging Machine Operator is responsible and accountable for assuring all finished product is packaged according to Q&FS specifications and QMP Standards in support of The Nutro Company’s Quality and Food Safety principles.

 

Principal Accountabilities
 Adhere to personal safety practices the meet OSHA & Mars standards to assure a safe environment for yourself and others. Maintain open communication with site safety committee and site safety manager.
 Operate within specified efficiency/productivity standards based on formulation and packaging capability and within established finished product Q&FS specifications for each formula.
 Perform packaging evaluation (hourly checks), and maintain accurate documentation as defined by the QMP and site requirements.
 Perform packaging equipment adjustments and preventative maintenance activities as defined in SOPs to assure finished packages are in compliance with Q&FS specifications and QMP standards.
 Perform a daily audit of all equipment with the operators to assure a safe and productive/efficient operation is being achieved.
 Adhere to the master sanitation program as defined by Sanitation SPOs.
 Maintain continuous communication with site functional teams to assure complete awareness of the manufacturing process in compliance with Q&FS and performance objectives.
 Participate in the development, revision, and training of mission critical competencies as related to the responsibilities and accountabilities of the position.
 Participate and adhere to all food safety requirements, Quality Management Processes, and site safety programs ensuring that all standards are met.
 Demonstrate a quality culture in actions, words and spirit.

 

Functional Accountabilities
 Operate packaging equipment within functional area of responsibilities and accountabilities.
 Perform process testing, evaluate results, and make necessary adjustments maintaining process control within Q&FS and QMP guidelines.
 Assure the packaging equipment and all supporting processes are in compliance with Q&FS, QMP and performance objectives at the following process flow points. This is subject to change based on operational requirements.

Critical Competencies
 Dealing with Ambiguity
 Self-Development
 Conflict Management
 Peer Relationships
 Action Oriented

 

Decision Making Authority and Impact
 Decisions
o Responsible for reporting and following up on any observation that may
impact associate safety and/or product Quality and Food Safety.
o Productive work habits.
 Recommendations
o Actively participate in continuous improvement projects through proactive
and reactive efforts including incident/root cause investigation and
implementation of corrective/preventative actions pertaining to Q&FS and
continuous improvement of plant operations.

 

Technical Knowledge and Functional skills
 Mars Safety policies and procedures
 Food Safety (GMP, HACCP)
 Food Quality (Product and Process)
 Q&FS testing practices and procedures, and QMP policies
 Effective written and verbal communication skills
 Effective analytical and troubleshooting skills.

 

Experience
 Required
o High School diploma or equivalent
o Effective verbal and written communication skills
o Ability to work independently without supervision as well as witin a team
setting.
 Preferred
o Minimum of one year pet food and/or food manufacturing experience
 Physical Requirements
o Sufficient mobility, strength, flexibility, hearing and sight to access all job
relevant areas and perform routine activities as necessary to deliver
required results.

o Some pushing/pulling, bending/stooping, and lifting (up to 50 lbs.)
necessary
Site Training Requirements
Safety
 Machine Guarding Awareness
 Walking and Working surfaces awareness
 Slips, Trips, Falls, Ladders
 Associate Involvment
 Confined space Awareness
 Lockout Tag-Out
 Heat Stress
 Emergency Preparedness Awareness
 Combustible Dust Awareness
 PPE Awareness
 Working at Heights / Fall Protection Awareness
 Hearing Conservation Awareness
 Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness
 Hazard Communication Awareness
 Chemical Safety
 Ele3ctircal Safety Awareness
 Spill Response and Prevention Awareness
 SiG Awareness

 

Quality and Food Safety
 HACCP
 GMP
 Glass and Hard Plastic
 Knife Policy
 Food Defense
 Towel Policy
 QMP
 PRIMP
 CCP # 2 Metal Detection

 

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.