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Packaging Operator I



Location: Thornton 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: First 



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 use the daily packaging schedule to determine the products to be processed and to be aware of their specific requirements. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, processing requirements, ingredients, rework, coding information, labeling, and packaging and palletizing configurations. To lift, push, pull, and any other manner to handle ingredients, packaging, and/or equipment related to the processing of food grade oils. Maintain a safe and sanitary work environment within the boundaries of job position and safety training. Follow all Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learn to start up and check equipment for preventative maintenance issues, proper set up and operation. Learn to perform minor maintenance and adjustments as needed. Perform pre-shift preparation, by ensuring all surfaces that contact product, i.e., piping, utensils and vessels are sanitized and ready for operation
  • Perform quality checks on proper placement of caps/lids/spouts, packaging, weights, codes, and case inspections to ensure that all quality and customer specifications are met
  • Read daily packaging schedule and recognize specific requirements for all products that apply to specific packaging line
  • Comply with all GMP, safety procedures, company policies, quality policies, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points as they apply to this position
  • Communicate problems or concerns with appropriate personnel. Coordinate status with relief personnel
  • Assist with maintaining daily operational packaging efficiency and sanitation duties
  • Complete all required paperwork, accurately and timely
  • 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
  • 1 year of experience
  • Food manufacturing environment experience preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must possess good reading and math skills to accurately perform the requirements of the job
  • Mechanical aptitude and good hand and eye coordination is required
  • Good written and verbal communication skills


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: Chicago

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