NOW Foods Production Changeover/Run Operator - 2nd ShiftLocation: Plant (Bloomingdale, IL) Department: MFG Indirect
DescriptionFounded by Elwood Richard in 1968 on the belief that natural is better, NOW Health Group (NHG) is still a family-owned company today. NHG comprises Puresource, Canada’s leading national distributor and manufacturer of natural health products; The Fruitful Yield, a chain of 14 natural food stores in the Chicagoland area, and NOW®, the largest division of the company and manufacturer of more than 1,400 dietary supplements, foods, sports nutrition, beauty & health products and essential oils that are sold in more than 80 countries. In addition, NOW offers an additional 200 skus through its health practitioner brand, Protocol For Life Balance® and recently acquired SuperNutrition vitamins. NOW also private labels for a variety of brands and health food retailers across the country. NHG has over 1,800 employees across North America. After more than 50 years in the natural products industry, NHG remains committed to its original mission – to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.
NOW offers a competitive compensation structure and a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental and vision plans from tier one companies, Paid Time Off, 401k match up to $6,500 per year, educational assistance and company-paid disability and life insurance. NOW employees also enjoy a wide array of unique benefits such as company-paid profit sharing, quarterly bonuses, employee discount, wellness program, company-paid Teladoc and Rx’nGo, and much more! Many of our benefits are 100% paid by NOW – this is why NOW Foods has been awarded as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for” in Chicago THIRTEEN years in a row, and on the National Level EIGHT years in a row!
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Working the 2nd Shift (2:45 PM - 11:15 PM), the Production Changeover/Run Operator assists in the sanitation of the Packaging department and assists machine operators by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Coordinates the line activity and movement of resources to ensure safety, quality and performance objectives are met.
- Operates and performs changeovers of the lines/equipment within required timelines and demonstrates the ability to consistently meet safety, quality and efficiency goals.
- Cleans and assembles equipment according to standard operating procedures.
- Prepares work area at beginning of shift and cleans up work area at end of shift and/or at end of production run to ensure area is ready for next job. Cleans or sanitizes all food contact surfaces between changes of product.
- Ensures availability of all required materials and supplies using the appropriate lift trucks, hand jacks and other equipment once certifications are achieved.
- Performs operator scheduled maintenance checklist.
- Examines product for identity and any impurities. Weighs out ingredients as listed using scales with printers and mixes ingredients, using appropriate mixing method, carefully and thoroughly.
- Follows batch instructions on BPR or deviation to meet desired specification on equipment.
- Notifies supervisor, lead, SME or R&D of any concerns with instructions on BPR or deviation.
- Under the direction of SME operate equipment within the setup parameters given. Adjustments are made by SME only.
- Records all item and lot number information on production ticket. Documents and updates mix tickets and log book, ensuring that all information is written truthfully and legibly. Enters all information into computer system for tracking and accountability purposes, ensuring that all information is correct.
- Lifts and places raw materials into appropriate tote or tank equipment or mixers via automatic or manual lifting. Properly labels bulk containers, mixes etc.
- Submits daily report of duties performed and production quantities produced.
- Keeps Quality Control and Research & Development departments informed to ensure correct amounts of raw materials are used and to recommend improvements to existing products.
- Conducts quality checks at regular intervals; inspects ingredients and finished product to ensure product is processed according to specifications.
- Diagnoses and performs minor machine maintenance and makes any needed adjustments. Works closely with maintenance when escalation is needed for a mechanical issue.
- Identifies and submits suggestions to improve efficiencies, quality and safety.
- Complies with safety requirements, GMP requirements, and SOPs/WIs for work area.
- Assists coworkers to set up machine and stacks, marks, packs, and transports in process/finished product.
- Reduces downtime by assuring tasks are performed promptly, safely and efficiently.
- Completes required paperwork truthfully, accurately and timely.
SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT
- Supports a culture of safe production and operations; follows all safety rules and procedures.
- Actively participates in the safety program by: engaging in training activities to learn what constitutes a safety hazard; reporting safety concerns to the supervisor, submitting safety suggestions, and correcting or reporting to the appropriate people when an employee sees a workplace health or safety hazard, until it is resolved.
- Assists with communicating safety information to new employees.
- Fulfills responsibilities as outlined in the company safety management plan.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
- Experience in manufacturing environment, preferably food or pharmaceuticals helpful.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals (S.O.P.).
- Ability to fill out sanitation/production paperwork.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Able to use forklift (walker).
- Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and/or walk; ascend and/or descend stairs; use hands to finger, handle, and feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The employee must regularly lift, move (in some cases drag items), slide, raise and/or place:
- Up to 30 lb. force for up to 25 feet and then pull to original position.
- Up to 33 lbs. from 5 inches off ground and raise to 47 inches and then return 33 lbs. to original position.
- Up to 50 lbs. for 3 feet at waist level; lift bag/box onto side and return to original position.
- Up to 60 lbs. from 31 inch high shelf and 2-hand carry for up to 5 ft. and then return 60 lbs. to 31 inch surface.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.
It is the policy of NOW Foods to prohibit discrimination of any type, and to afford equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and prospective employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.