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Job Location: Faribault, MN


SHIFT : 12hr Rotating 6AM - 6PM

JOB TITLE: Production Operator

LOCATION: Faribault

DEPARTMENT: Production

FLSA STATUS: Hourly/Non-Exempt

STATUS: Full Time

BUSINESS SEGMENT: Human Nutrition & Health

REPORTS TO: Production Supervisor

DATE UPDATED: 05/15/2020


Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ BCPC) with annual revenues over $640 million and a market cap exceeding $3.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit


Set up, operate, clean, or tend machines to mix, blend or agglomerate materials such as food grade chemicals, liquids, or color pigments.


  • Responsible for performing all job requirements in a safe manner using the proper PPE and being a proactive safety role model with co-workers
  • Responsible for correcting/reporting unsafe behaviors or equipment to ensure a safe working environment
  • Responsible for cleanliness within the work department
  • Perform safety audits
  • Complete and maintain all safety training
  • Follow all Food safety practices and processes applicable to the department
  • Perform/execute job duties keeping the company's commitment to quality in mind
  • Monitor and maintain all food safety activities as part of daily tasks
  • Enforce food safety plan while producing product
  • Perform daily GMP audits
  • Level 1
    • Add or mix chemicals and ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices
    • Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually in order to ensure conformance to established standards
    • Observe production and monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation
    • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, and products to ensure conformance to requirements
    • Clean and maintain equipment, using hand tools; display proper use of hand tools
    • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing
    • Record operational and production data accurately on specified forms
    • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment
    • Transfer materials, supplies, and product between work areas, using moving equipment and hand tools
    • General understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's)
    • Understand location of fire stations and first aid kits
    • Understand wet clean and dry clean procedures
    • Read and understand product specification sheets and testing requirements
    • Forklift certified by video and written test
    • Understand item key format
    • Must be able to write legibly and perform simple math using a calculator
    • Communicate and work with other departments
    • Attend scheduled meetings
    • General understanding of SQF, Dietary Supplement, and MMR process
    • Must be able to fill out Maintenance Work Orders
    • Understand Lock-Out/Tag-Out requirements
    • Displayed comprehension of the agglomeration and encapsulation understanding
    • Display positive attitude
  • Level 2
    • Consistently meet and exceed production and cleanup standards
    • Ability to set up and start up a machine after a cleanup
    • Lead a co-worker in a wet and dry clean up or kosher
    • Ability to identify and resolve basic processing issues
    • Assist in training new employees
    • Ability to identify and correct safety and GMP violations
    • Ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures
    • Participation in physical inventories and preparation of customer audits and third-party audits
    • Basic computer skills
    • Ability to perform operator PM
  • Level 3
  • Assist Technical Service Group with scale-ups and customer trials
  • Demonstrate flexibility to cross train in other departments within the company
  • Demonstrate willingness to work on other shifts if needed
  • Ability to adjust batch size
  • Ability to print pick list and pallet tags
  • Ability to fill in for the Lead position
  • Ability to perform material reconciliations
  • Participation in meetings such as Supervisor Meetings and CAPA Meetings
  • Ability to close Final Reports
  • Assist and participate in any Continuous Improvement Meetings and Group Projects
  • All Levels
    • Initiate and support continuous improvement and elimination of waste and variation in processes using established improvement processes
    • Must develop cooperative relationships with co-workers and other departments
    • Display positive attitude and work cooperatively with co-workers as well as other departments
    • All other duties as necessary to the success of Balchem Corporation


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • 1-4 years related experience preferred
  • Special Boiler License within first year-Level 3
  • Basic Computer skills (Word, Excel, ERP)
  • Basic Math skills required
  • Accurate Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
  • Customer Oriented Ability to take care of the customers' needs while following company procedures
  • Accountability Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions
  • Communication, Oral Ability to communicate effectively with others using spoken word
  • Communication Written Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely
  • Reliable The trait of being dependable and trustworthy
  • Ability and willingness to learn, understand, and follow documented work procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment while moving multiple simultaneous projects forward


  • While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear
  • The employee is occasionally required to kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, ascend and descend stairs and/or ladders
  • The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee may consistently lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds
  • Vision requirements include close vision, depth perception, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus
  • This job is performed in a production environment in a manufacturing location
  • The noise level in the plant is moderate to loud
  • There will be exposure to machine noise and food dust when in the plant
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and with or around various chemicals
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration and risk of electric shock
  • Production environment includes varying temperatures (heat, cold and moisture)
  • While performing certain job duties, employees may be exposed to allergens of the industry such as eggs, wheat, peanuts, dairy products, tree nuts, and soy products, as well as latex and powders
  • 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 allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


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