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Auto Palletizer



Location: Waukesha 

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:

This position palletizes cases by hand as specified by the production schedule and quality monitoring system. Labels and scans completed pallet in warehouse management system (WMS) by use of RF scanner. Records completed pallet information into line record data system to assure accuracy of production count and assure production lot traceability. Changes tape on box sealing equipment and constructs cases by use of low volume automatic box maker.    

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Start up and check automated 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 are clean and ready for operation
  • Troubleshoots equipment malfunctions to determine root cause. Requires knowledge of electrical/mechanical/pneumatic functions as well as proper operating conditions including air pressure, electrical eye alignment and machine settings. Interpret machine error codes
  • Palletize finished product by hand. Ensure that product is properly stacked on pallets by following the designated pallet patterns, minimizing or avoiding overhang, stacking cases straight, stacking cases without leaning and cross tying tiers, as required
  • Load cases into box magazine and resupply when needed. May stock and resupply slip sheets
  • Validates and verifies for proper coding on cases. Inspect pallets prior to use ensuring that they are not dirty, have broken or missing boards, have protruding nails or are wet. Ensure that product is stacked on the correct pallet, i.e., CHEP, Grade A White, etc.
  • Verify all cases produced fall within all customer requirements. Visually inspect shippers prior to stacking for unsealed cases, damaged cases, stained cases and for cases with illegible, incorrect or missing code dates
  • Properly complete and turn in all associated paperwork on a daily basis
  • 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

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to read and communicate in the English language in order to verify coding and operate RF scanners
  • Must be able to record production data legibly
  • Requires an understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to ensure food safety


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: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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