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Packaging Operator I 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment 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.
Category Manufacturing/Operations  
Location Thornton, IL Plant  
Req Number MAN-18-00233  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Shift Various Shifts  
About the Organization Ventura Foods is a leading national manufacturer and marketer of branded and custom made shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces, margarines, culinary bases and pan coatings for the foodservice and retail industries. From East to West, Ventura keeps pace with the dynamic food marketplace by delivering high quality products at competitive prices. In fact, our company's growth is fueled by long-lasting profitable partnerships that benefit all parties. We do this by meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world by applying the strengths of our commercial resources, the talents of our employees and the opportunities created by new technologies. Throughout our rich history, one thing hasn't changed: the dedication to our customers and the consumers we are proud to serve.


Responsible for efficiently producing finished products and maintaining the highest possible food safety quality standards.

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Setup, operation, monitoring and cleaning equipment in order to ensure the most efficient production and highest level of product quality at all times and minimize waste.
  • Make minor adjustments to equipment as needed.
  • Operate all line equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Assist with the setup of machinery to prepare for production and final stages of production preparation, including setting line speeds and functions to correct specifications.
  • Complete all daily paperwork required by position.
  • Start up, operating, shut down and making minor machine adjustments to all fillers and related equipment including, line changeovers, coding equipment, conveyor controls, conveyor casing, box formers and sealing equipment.
  • Start up, operating, shutdown and making minor machine adjustments of sleever, shrink tunnel, capper, spot packer, over wrapper, palletize and related equipment.
  • Monitoring fill levels, weights and codes of product meet specifications.
  • Monitor and accurately record production line quality checks as required.
  • Visually monitor product and packing to maintain its quality and integrity.
  • Available to work all stations Make minor adjustments to equipment as needed.
  • Properly log down time in SIS.
  • Ensure that information is accurate and 100% completed daily.
  • Ensure that idle time is productive by assisting down areas and keeping area clean.
  • Notify Maintenance Mechanics or supervision of any defective mechanical and / or material and or unsafe working conditions.
  • Fill out maintenance or safety work orders regarding needed repairs or unsafe conditions.
  • Clean equipment in a set environment with sanitation chemicals.
  • Maintain the work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition and follows prescribed safety regulations.
  • Available to all work stations.
  • Flexibility to work weekends, shifts and overtime through the completion of scheduled production runs as needed.
  • Train other employees on all production positions.
  • Other non-routine duties as assigned.
Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • HS Diploma or GED, 1-2 years experience.
  • 1-2-years as a production line worker in a food manufacturing environment preferred.

Knowledge and Skill:

  • Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Knowledge of GMP and chemical handling.
  • Able to write simple correspondence and routine reports.
  • Able to operate control panels. Able to spot errors or potential errors and take corrective actions.
  • Dexterity in handling bulky objects. Strong communication skills to interact with coworkers, other departments and management.
  • Possess math skills needed to accurately verify quality checks.

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