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Blender / Production Operator
balchem
 
Job Location: Sleepy Eye, MN

JOB TITLE: Blender

LOCATION: Sleepy Eye

DEPARTMENT: Production

FLSA STATUS: Hourly/Non-Exempt

Hours: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

STATUS: Full Time

BUSINESS SEGMENT: Human Nutrition & Health

REPORTS TO: Production Supervisor

DATE UPDATED: 06/29/2020

COMPANY OVERVIEW:

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 www.balchem.com

POSITION SUMMARY:

Accurately and safely blend ingredients from batching & blending instructions. Accurately record lot numbers of ingredients & scan ingredients into Tower locations in preparation for the blending process as well as accurately scan remaining ingredients back into warehouse locations. Manage the operation and attend to the maintenance of the Blending vats, Pumps, Valves, Line Circuits and other equipment used to safely combine ingredients for customers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Follow all safety policies and procedures including use of safety equipment (PPE) and equipment safeguards
  • Responsible for food safety
  • Responsible for notifying supervisor of any incident affecting food safety as well as personnel safety
  • Mix various products on the batching system carefully following mix instructions to ensure production of a quality product with minimal waste
  • Proficiently complete CIP of silos, lines, tanks, homogenizer, and related equipment to ensure cleanliness of equipment and passing scores on inspections/audits
  • Understand and demonstrate the requirements of koshering and perform the necessary procedures on all equipment
  • Adhere to proper sanitation and product safety guidelines throughout the plant by practicing good housekeeping, maintaining quality of products, and preventing contamination of ingredients and finished product
  • Maintain proper documentation of mixing processes according to outside agency guidelines as well as in-house procedures
  • Sample product and forward to Quality Assurance lab for verification of meeting specifications, including checking pH levels at regular intervals
  • Perform routine inspections of all batching-related equipment to ensure that equipment is in top working condition by following proper running procedures, performing low-end maintenance, and reporting equipment and safety issues to the maintenance department
  • Follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and HAACP Programs to ensure safety of self and others
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A High School certificate or equivalent is required
  • Some production experience preferred
  • Proficiency in all operator duties
  • Understands SOPs and assists others in their applications
  • Effective inter-personal and communication skills
  • Demonstrates initiative, problem solving and decision-making skills

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Plant environment
  • Wet, slippery floors from ingredients and water solutions
  • High noise areas present
  • High speed moving parts and equipment
  • Live steam and steam heated water
  • Corrosive chemicals present - use of Personal Protective Equipment required when handling chemicals





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