Packaging Machine Operator (4am-2:30pm)
Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Inc.

DeKalb, Illinois

Posted in Retail


Job Info


Job Location: DeKalb

Want to make an impact?

The position is responsible for set up, operation and maintenance of various machines to ensure the interminable and efficient running of production. The Packaging Machine Operator will operate machines that perform one or more packaging functions including but not limited to filling, labeling, packing, or wrapping containers.

Ways you will make a difference

  • Lead packaging machine set up and changeover for production runs
    • Follow work instruction, standards and SOP's for equipment set up and changeover
    • Identify and resolve issues during set up and changeover
  • Ensure packaging material, including but not limited to film, cartons, boxes and labeling meets specifications and quality standards; replenish packaging supplies as needed
  • Feed product to conveyors, hoppers, scales, or other feeding devices
  • Operate packaging equipment, including troubleshooting and making adjustments in accordance with established work standards; operate touch screen to program code date, product weight and other relevant product data
  • Conduct detailed quality checks at regular intervals; inspect filled containers to ensure product is packaged according to specifications
  • Remove rejected product as instructed by metal detector alarm
  • Diagnose and resolve mechanical issues with equipment at the entry maintenance mechanic level
  • Follow escalation protocol in a timely manner when troubleshooting efforts fail
  • Work closely with maintenance when escalation to maintenance support is needed for a mechanical issue
  • Understand and demonstrate the Company's core values and operating principles
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures, GMP and safety standards
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support Ferrara Candy Company business objectives

Skills that will make you successful

  • Minimum of 1 year experience operating food packaging machinery and/or working in food manufacturing strongly preferred
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months' related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Basic understanding of equipment capabilities, standards and proper set points including but not limited to metal detectors, check weights and Ishida scales
  • Ability to pass certification test on pallet jack and fork lift
  • Ability to walk or stand for prolonged periods; ability to bend, stoop, reach and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written and/or oral instructions
  • Promote teamwork; possess a good attitude, and exhibit flexibility and willingness to perform tasks as needed.
  • Ability to problem solve by adjusting variables in standardized situations
  • Able to read, write and communicate effectively in English

Working Conditions

This position requires knowledge and awareness of manufacturing and industrial sites. Protective gear will be required where appropriate. Position requires ability to work overtime, varying start times and weekends dependent on business needs.



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