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Machine Operator II



Location: Birmingham 

Exemption: Nonexempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

To safely transfer quality product at a high rate of speed from the plants mixing and distribution systems, to the customer perferred packaging

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Start up, shutdown, operate and monitor Votator process and associated equipment to ensure the production of a quality product meeting all requirements outlined by Ventura Foods, LLC.  This position will require learning and operation of mulitple votation systems.

Make and document all necessary approved adjustments, while keeping record of all batches or cases run. Maintain and control process within the established parameters to ensure a quality product.

Complete all testing of the products produdced and adjust process using established operating procedures.  Make and document all necessary adjustments, while keeping record of batches made.

Adhere to all policies and procedures outlined by Ventura Foods, LLC including but not limited to General Manaufacturing Procedures, Safety, Job Specific PPE and Housekeeping.

Flexibility to work different shifts, weekends and overtime as needed.

Work on other lines when necessary or needed on any position as assigned by the Supervisor and demonstreate a willingness to learn and perform assigned duties.

Learn sanitation responsibilities pertaining to cleaning on the line when votation is complete and possible.  Be able to perform other tasks to support sanitation when schedule permits.

Must have a sense of urgency and expedience to ensure time management is handled well and that the votation process does not delay start times for production lines in the morning.

Perform other tasks and duties as neede or assigned by the Supervisor.

Ensure line is producing safe quality products while meeting throughput targets.  Be able to show and explain when and why targets are missed.

Education and Experience:

chool Diploma or GED.   Experienced as a Machine Operator

Knowledge and Skills:

Mechanical aptitude, good judgement, hand and eye coordination, maual dexterity, strength and stamina, good vision, ability to work with and lead others, some electrical knowledge, effective communicator, both written and verbal.  Must be able to identify and report any food safety and food security concerns. 


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.