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2nd shift Starch Cook


Location: Waukesha, WI 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: Second 



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:

Responsible for efficiently mixing finished products and maintaining the highest possible quality standards. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare product according to established formulas, while monitoring the needs of production to keep filing areas supplied with finished product.
  • Perform deck set-up for daily schedule, operate equipment to aid in processing formulas; keep processing equipment clean and sanitized.
  • Use Local Control Panel (LCP) to control the additions of all metered and manually added/weighed ingredients to mix and transfer completed batches to production lines or portable equipment.
  • Supply a product sample, as required, to Quality control (QC) for testing and approval for packing.
  • Make and document all necessary adjustments, while keeping record of batches made, ingredients used including lot numbers.
  • Clear out product lines of with water at the end of daily product run. Remove empty containers, garbage and follow good houskeeping standards.
  • Other non-routine duties as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • HS Diploma or GED or related experience in food processing.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to read and communicate in the "English Language" in order to accurately select materials per Batch Sheets. 
  • Read,  interpret, and execute documents such as safety rules, and standard operating procedures (SOP's).          
  • Possess reading and math skills needed to accurately verify quantities of ingredients and to accurate add ingrediants to batch.
  • Requires a good understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure food safety
  • Responsible for operating forklift, scales, and Local Control Panel (LCP).                                                   



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.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


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: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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