Relief Operator - 2nd Shift


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:

Assume the positions within the plant that are vacant due to vacations, illness, or other reasons. Hands on manufacturing team member who provides guidance and training in the manufacture of food products. Maintain orderly flow of quality production, help keep materials organized, and advise supervisors of upcoming needs and of productivity and quality issues that are not quickly and satisfactorily resolved. Set a positive example for others to follow in the areas of safety, quality, housekeeping, productivity and employee morale and job satisfaction.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain equipment in good condition and repair. 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, ensure all surfaces that contact product are clean and ready for operation
  • Prepare product according to established formulas, while monitoring the needs of production to keep filling areas supplied with finished product. Follow batch sheet without deviation while mixing product.  Any deviation must be approved. All deviations recorded on the batch adjustment sheet
  • Unload all incoming railcars and trucks. Steam rail cars as necessary to unload. Route materials to proper storage tanks and consolidate when needed. Monitor tank levels and record daily levels for cycle counters. Take appropriate samples of all incoming oil and bulk materials to Quality Assurance department
  • Monitor waste water process conditions and record conditions on process log sheet as specified in operating procedures. Obtain process samples and make necessary process adjustments to maintain system efficiency and water quality according to process operating procedures
  • Troubleshoot equipment malfunctions to determine root cause. Requires knowledge of electro/mechanical/pneumatic functions as well as proper operating conditions including air pressure, electrical eye alignment and machine settings. Interpret machine error codes
  • Comply with all Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), safety procedures, company policies, quality policies and procedures, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points as they apply to this position
  • Performs quality checks on proper placement of lids, packaging, weights, lot codes, special customer codes, and case inspections to ensure that all quality and customer specifications are met
  • 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
  • 3-5 years of manufacturing experience

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Self-starter who can think on the go 
  • Good structural and mechanical aptitude
  • Limited knowledge of job duties within the company with ability to fill in on packaging lines, process rooms, bulk unloading, waste water, etc. as needed
  • Ability to operate and maintain all production equipment within the facility and understanding of label, RF and code dating systems    
  • Capable of being forklift licensed/certified


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