Employment Duration:  Full-time
Location:  Womelsdorf, PA
Reports to:  Shift Supervisor
General Job description: 
The Floater is responsible for learning specific tasks in all departments of the operation. In the packing room this includes packing, stacking, preparing machines for startup, handling raw materials, as well as monitoring and making adjustments to seasoner and machine programs.  In the kettle room the Floater is responsible for assisting the Lead Kettle Operator with the chip frying process. In the basement the Floater is responsible for sorting product as well as operating the peeling system.

Principle functions of the job:
  • Packaging Machine Operator
    • Responsible for the efficient operation of the packing machines ensuring proper weight, appropriate seasoning, appropriate product, splicing of film, sealing, and date code of finished product
    • Prepare machine for start of production and make adjustments when necessary to meet the quality standards when packaging different products
    • Change rolls of film as needed using lift cart
    • Change former as needed
    • Adjust scale programs for product flow, vibration of feeders and buckets to ensure appropriate and efficient settings, check metal detectors
    • Set up and monitor seasoner and seasoning levels to ensure consistent seasoning is applied based upon specifications
    • Understand production schedule to set up packing machines and meet the designated production schedule
    • Understand our HACCP program and the importance of metal detector checks; perform and document metal detector checks properly
    • Inspect and hand pack bags of chips into boxes in a fast environment under constant pressure of the production line
    • Assemble boxes, apply stickers, pack cases according to customer specifications while verifying the package quality of the finished product including but not limited to bag seals, defects, date code information, pricing information, package weight and case labels
    • Oversee quality and food safety of raw material coming from fry rooms and in preparation for shipping
    • Repack/rework product as necessary, handle rework product appropriately
    • Use material handling equipment as necessary and trained including but not limited to stretch wrapper, pallet jack, forklift, and loader
  • Stacker
    • Support packing machines and packers by delivering raw materials to production line
    • Hand stack finished cases according to customer specifications while verifying the package/corrugate quality of the finished product including but not limited to defects, date code information, case labels, pallet labels, pallet type and slip sheets
    • Shrink wrap finished pallet
    • Apply label or placard with product description and pallet number to finished wrapped pallet
    • Keep accurate tally of each completed pallet under the proper product heading  
    • Park finished pallet in proper lane for shipping
  • Kettle Operator
    • Adhere to fire extinguisher (ABC/K) and fire suppression system safety training and procedures
    • Prepare for startup and/or shutdown of kettles
    • Operate kettles by monitoring the frying processes and producing a quality finished product in a fast-paced environment under constant pressure of the kettle production
    • Monitor, maintain and change oil in kettles as needed
    • Set up and change slicer heads
    • Coordinate kettle operations with the basement prep rooms and packing room
    • Oversee quality and food safety of raw material coming from prep rooms, product coming out of kettle and product being sorted
  • Peeler
    • Inspect and handle raw product in the basement to sort, peel, inspect for defects and foreign material, and keep kettles supplied
    • Communicate and coordinate with kettle operators based upon the production schedule and customer requirements for frying
    • Monitor dirty and peeled hopper levels to ensure correct and adequate amount of product is available for the kettle to fry
    • Understand the conveyor system and all powered equipment used to move raw material – safely turn on/turn off and adjust the system as needed
Comprehensive Expectations:
  • Adhere to all current GMP’s, food safety requirements and company policies
  • Ensure all waste from packing room, kettle rooms and sorting area is removed as needed throughout the day and all waste containers and bins are emptied for incoming shift
  • Document and log all required information accurately and timely
  • Alert management of any problems found during packing inspections, monitor equipment and report malfunctions to maintenance and management
  • Comfortable working in high paced, wet, oily, and noisy environment
  • Maintain a clean, organized work area (including equipment) and environment
  • Clean and sanitize the plant and plant equipment including but not limited to packing machines, conveyors, hoppers, kettles, ceilings, walls, and floors
  • Work as part of a team; give lunches and breaks to others on the team
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with the rest of the team
  • Other duties as assigned by Shift Supervisor, Plant Manager, or upper management
  • Shift Length:  12 hours
  • Standing:  Continuously
  • Walking:  Frequently
  • Sitting:  Rarely
  • Stooping:  Frequently
  • Kneeling:  Occasionally
  • Crouching:  Occasionally
  • Crawling:  Rarely
  • Grasping:  Continuously
  • Reaching:  Continuously
  • Climbing:  Frequently                     Number of Stairs:  15                     
  • Pushing:  Continuously
  • Pulling:  Continuously
  • Lifting/Carrying:  Frequently                       Weight:  50 lbs.
  • Talking:  Frequently
  • Hearing:  Continuously
  • Reasoning:  Continuously
  • Remembering:  Continuously
  • Mathematical Reasoning:  Frequently
  • Language Ability:  Continuously
  • Outside work:  Rarely
  • Temperature changes:  Frequently
  • Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit:  Occasionally – varies by season
  • Temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit:  Occasionally – varies by season
  • Ambient noise level loud enough to require shouting:  Continuously
  • Work closely to moving parts:  Continuously
  • Work closely to open electric current:  Rarely
  • Work with chemicals:  Occasionally
  • Work with allergens: Frequently (dairy in seasoning)
  • Air conditions require a respirator:  Rarely
*Rarely 0-10%, Occasionally 11-33%, Frequently 34-66%, Continuously 67-100%
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