Machine Operator

Bridgetown Natural Foods   Portland, OR   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on July 20, 2021

Machine Operator

Bridgetown Natural Foods, a Portland based manufacturing partner for leading all-natural, organic, and gluten-free snacks is hiring! Minimum of $17/hour starting wage

JOB SUMMARY:
The Machine Operator is responsible for running specified equipment and contributing skills and expertise to the production line to run efficiently and effectively. The Operator position duties are an essential part of our day-to-day operation; learning and applying established practices and established standards is paramount. As a member of the production team, Operators take an active role in the areas of safety, quality, and productivity, and must insist on team accountability and trust.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
-Operates in work groups and monitors processes within an assigned area of responsibility
-Loads and unloads items from machines and conveyors
-Feeds materials through production equipment
-Scaling of ingredients
-Monitors and inspects products to verify conformance to quality and safety standards
-Operates equipment while evaluating product or package quality
-Transfers finished products, raw materials, tools, or equipment between storage and work areas by hand or using hand trucks or powered lift trucks
-Communicates with supervisors and other leaders concerning safety, quality and processing issues
-Removes products, machine attachments, or waste material from machines
-Initiates cleaning and sanitation of assigned areas
-Responsible for the health and safety of self and co-workers
-Ensures daily housekeeping duties are completed thoroughly and correctly
-Responsible for reporting food safety issues following established SOPs, sSOPs and GMPs
-Participates in start-ups, shut-downs, changeovers and cleans; contributes to ensure efficiency and on-time completion
-Assists in ensuring new team members are learning and consistently following SOPs, GMPs and other safety and food safety guidelines or regulations. May be responsible to cross-train or onboard new team members.
-Operates and diagnoses issues in the process, along with the Team Leader and others, to achieve targets
-Monitors, tracks and records observations and contributes to problem solving, process stability, and variance reduction
-Adheres to Company Personnel, Food Safety and Safety policies, paying special attention to recipe adherence and lot code tracking
-Records down-time causes, perform minor troubleshooting
-Completes all operation-specific data collection throughout shift, with integrity, accurately and on time.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
-High School diploma or equivalent preferred
-Ability to understand and communicate instructions in English
-1-3 years of experience in a manufacturing/food production environment
-High mechanical aptitude is essential for this position
-Patience and the ability to communicate in a diverse work environment
-Ability to operate machines in a safe manner
-Ability to analyze machine operations and propose solutions to problems
-Understanding of basic mathematical calculations, reading numbers and symbols, and record keeping
-Ability to work in a team environment, being flexible and adaptive to changing needs
-Ability to learn and apply company standards including, but not limited to, lock-out/tag-out, safety practices, SOPs, GMPs, etc.

WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL FACTORS:
-Positions require standing, repetitive movement, bending and twisting, and using hands to handle objects; exposure to sustained noise levels; exposure to a variety of food allergens; working in very hot temperatures; exposure to hazards such as machinery, slippery floors, ladders and powered industrial vehicles. May be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
-Ability to stand for 95-100% of shift, sometimes up to 12 hours.
-Able to work in environment containing nuts, peanuts, dairy, grains and other allergens.
-Must have the ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly and accurately.
-Must be available for all shifts, nights, weekends, some holidays, occasional overtime, if necessary.

$.25/hour shift differential paid for all graveyard shifts 3 pm-11:15 pm.