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Whey Operator

Company: Valley Queen Cheese Factory
Location: Watertown
Posted on: September 19, 2023

Job Description:

Position Summary
This position is responsible for the preprocessing of all incoming whey to meet customer expectations and support the achievement of the company's vision, mission and values.

Essential Functions

  • Operate all liquid whey process equipment according to SOPs.
  • Monitor and sample liquid whey process at specified control points and correct any deviations from defined analytical set points.
  • Troubleshoot and correct process upsets.
    • Perform regular CIP on all associated lines, tanks and equipment.
    • Perform shutdown, startup and plan for the day's production run. (7)
    • Perform general housekeeping responsibilities.
      • Complete and maintain appropriate paperwork and documentation to ensure accurate record keeping.
      • Maintain good communications with supervisors to ensure a safe, continuous product flow and proper maintenance of equipment.
      • Actively participate in extraneous prevention and solids recovery.
        • Safely handle, prepare and use chemicals while wearing proper PPE.
          • Assist in training of new or untrained whey process room employees.
            • Operate and monitor assigned food safety preventative controls including verification activities, equipment operation, records requirements and corrective action database.
            • Attend and/or complete required safety and quality training sessions by the assigned deadlines.
              • Comply with all company safety rules to achieve no injuries and no lost time accidents.
              • Understand and adhere to all GMPs and food safety policies and procedures and perform all work in a manner that ensures the highest standard of food safety and quality.

              • Teamwork Oriented
              • Problem Solving/Analysis
              • Communication Proficiency
              • Initiative
              • Detail Oriented
                Supervisory Responsibility
                This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

                Work Environment
                This job operates in a food production environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to chemicals, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment can be loud.

                Physical Demands
                Functional job description to be updated for this position after the completion of VQ Next in 2019.

                Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
                This is a full-time position, and days of work are on an alternating repeating schedule. Hours of work for day shift are from 5:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and night shift from 5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. This position will work alternating weekends.

                No travel is expected for this position.

                Required Education, Experience & Certifications
                High school diploma or GED is required for this position. Maintain forklift certification.

                Preferred Education, Experience & Certifications
                Desire two or more years in a manufacturing facility. More specifically, experience with food-grade products is preferred. Proficiency in basic computer skills. Bilingual in English/Spanish.

                Additional Eligibility Qualifications
                Minimum age requirement is 18.

                Other Duties
                Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of responsibilities, duties or tasks that are required of the employee for this job. Responsibilities, duties and tasks may change at any time with or without notice. Associated topics: energy, geothermal, operations, operator, powerplant, powerplant operations, scrubber, solar, turbine

Keywords: Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Sioux Falls , Whey Operator, Other , Watertown, South Dakota

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