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Process Operator


Location: Opelousas, LA 

Exemption: Nonexempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

The Process Operator is assigned a process upon hire and is responsible for running the process according to procedures, troubleshooting process problems, tracking process information, performing operational maintenance as needed and keeping the work place in a clean and orderly condition. Also to ensure that all products and packaging produced comply with all quality guidelines. Process Operators are responsible for running continuous vegetable oil refinery processes and/or to operate crystallizing, filling and packaging equipment in an efficient and accurate manner.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Start up and check equipment for preventative maintenance issues, proper set up, and operation. Perform minor maintenance and adjustments as needed. Perform pre-shift preparation and ensure all surfaces that contact product, i.e., piping, utensils and vessels are sanitized and ready for operation. Monitor process conditions and record conditions on process log sheet as specified in operating procedures
  • Maintains operation of crystallizing and/or filling and packaging machinery to produce a quality product within customer's requirements and specifications. These include, but are not limited to processing parameters, ingredients, coding, rework, labeling, packaging, machinery set up and operations including palletizing configurations in order to process food grade oils
  • Obtain process samples and make necessary process adjustments to maintain quality specifications according to process operating procedures for vegetable oil refinery processes that consists of bleaching, bulk load/unload, deodorizing, refining, waste water, acidulation, transferring oils and gauging/sampling tanks 
  • Performs quality checks on proper placement of lids, packaging, weights, codes and case inspections to ensure that all quality and customer specifications are met
  • Read daily production schedule to determine products to be processed and know their specific requirements as well as process in the established sequence for crystallizing. Follows batch sheet without deviation while crystallizing product. Any deviation must be approved and recorded. Makes necessary approved adjustments, monitors gauges, equipment and temperatures. Keeps records of all batches made, ingredients used and processing parameters
  • Perform sanitation duties according to process schedule
  • Maintain satisfactory levels of processing aids and supplies
  • Maintains SIS scheduling goals, documentation on production output and completes all other required paperwork, timely and accurately. Communicates any problems or issues with appropriate personnel, including at shift change with incoming machine operator
  • 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. Comply with all safety procedures, company policies, quality policies and procedures and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points as they apply to this position
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

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

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must possess good reading and math skills to accurately perform requirements of the job
  • Requires mechanical aptitude with good hand and eye coordination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong team skills
  • Must possess demonstrated knowledge of basic computer systems


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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