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Location: Opelousas 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: Rotating Days and Night 



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:

Perform a key role in maintaining good housekeeping and food plant cleanliness conditions in the tank farm, waste water, solid waste and recycling areas for the production and packaging departments. Work in a manufacturing environment following appropriate policies and procedures to ensure successful execution of position responsibilities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for cleaning and maintaining concrete in the back lot area and compactor areas.  This position also cleans other areas as assigned, including maintaining order and cleanliness in  break and rest rooms
  • Maintains back lot area to ensure that it is neat and orderly. Collects and processes all recyclable material from production and packaging areas and stores the materials until they are picked up by the recycle vendor. Maintains all returnable vendor totes and loads trucks when items are returned to vendors
  • Monitors solid waste compactor area for cleanliness and notifies Production Supervisor when there are issues. Notifies waste hauler to have compactor pulled and cleans the area when compactor is pulled
  • Handles and monitors all waste oil barrels from plant. Works with waste oil hauler to keep back lot cleared. Pressure wash inside tank farm areas to prevent oil buildup
  • Keep all process and packaging area floors clean and free of oil, residual product, etc. Maintain white perimeter lines by mopping, sweeping, and re-painting as necessary. Use a walk behind scrubber to clean floors
  • Ensure that overhead areas are clean and free of dust, product, cobwebs, etc. Wipe down control panels and tops of electrical boxes
  • Assists waste water  tech as needed
  • Organizes recycling material and contacts pick up for recycling
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent experience
  • 1 or more years of experience
  • Experience in food manufacturing preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to communicate in English
  • Responsible for operating equipment related to the performance of the position including foaming equipment, pressure washer, hot water mixer, dry ice cleaner, floor scrubbing equipment                                                                                         
  • Knowledge of chemical safety training 


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.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette Louisiana

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