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Bel Brands USA Sr. Operator, Utility Fondu in Leitchfield, Kentucky

With five universal brands, including The Laughing Cow®, Mini Babybel®, Kiri®, Leerdammer®, and Boursin®, and over 25 local brands, Bel brings smiles to nearly 400 million consumers in over 130 countries. By building on the strength of its brands, the most international names in the cheese sector, Bel aims to lead in all its various markets.

The commitment, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of Bel’s 12,000 employees is the growth driver of the world’s third-largest branded cheese company.

To experience Bel is to be daring, pragmatic and determined to meet the growth challenges of an international food group. Come join us and measure the impact of your talent and energy in realizing an ambitious company project.

Be you - Be ambitious - Be Bel !

Job Description Summary:

The Sr. Operator is responsible for operating complex production machinery in connection with our products and goals within the facility.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Demonstrate a safety-first mindset—employee, food, machine and process safety.

  • Take pride in producing a quality product.

  • Analyze data and make major adjustment to the machine(s) or operating procedures based on analysis.

  • Operate machinery in respective area while performing routine checks to ensure the product is within specifications.

  • Demonstrates higher than average machine operating aptitude.

  • May possess knowledge of operating multiple machines in respective area.

  • Follow work instructions related to specific machine(s).

  • Complete all required documentation accurately and timely. This may include tracking and entering data both manually and electronically.

  • Work with supervisor and/or other departments to ensure machine(s) is (are) operating safely and producing a quality product.

  • Monitor product for defects and adjust machine to ensure a safe and quality product.

  • Ensure accurate recordkeeping.

  • Perform first level maintenance on respective machinery.

  • Follow production schedule.

  • Keep machine(s) clean during production.

  • Follows all Good Manufacturing Practices as stated within the policy.

  • Follows all Safety Rules and procedures by working safely and ensuring safety of others.

  • Follows all food safety procedures.

  • Follows all environmental protocols as applicable to job to prevent pollution to air, land, or water.

  • Follows all sanitation procedures and work instructions.

  • Follows all continuous improvement actions and rules and best practices.

  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned by management.

  • May be required to taste and evaluate product which may contain allergens including but not limited to, Milk

Qualifications and Competencies

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent strongly preferred.

  • May require ability to obtain and maintain forklift operating license based on company’s training program.

  • Strong ability to think analytically and possess critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to reason, especially in complex situations.

  • Ability to consistently perform at expectations autonomously and prioritize without direction.

  • Advanced computer skills or ability to learn advanced computer skills.

  • Previous experience operating complex machinery strongly preferred.

  • Ability to understand oral and written instructions relating to the operation.

  • Ability to function as a team member and contribute to group goals.

Performance Expectations

Quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, and thoroughness of work performed; ability to gain the trust and respect of management, coworkers and brokers; maintain the integrity of confidential business and product information; ability to communicate effectively and develop good working relationships with other employees is essential to accomplish goals and objectives of the department.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, and use hands to touch objects or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach above shoulders, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while performing production duties. Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Working Conditions

Work is performed largely in a manufacturing environment. Hours of work will generally be at least 40 hours a week. At times there will be some variation in work hours due to special projects, deadlines and other concerns.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Protective Equipment

Employees must wear safety glasses, hard hat, slip resistant steel toe safety footwear, protective gloves, a hair net, Tyvex apron, and ear protection, as required.

Acknowledgement: This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by an employee assigned to this position. It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by management. At times, employees may be required to work additional hours which could result in overtime. All requirements are subject to change over time and, if possible, for modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Bel Brands is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Company’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, military status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Bel Brands also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also Bel Brand’s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.

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