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Lead Operator - Production -

Wautoma Newspaper, Inc. • Norfolk, NE
a month ago

 The Department Lead position is responsible for assisting the Plant Management team in operating the plant in an efficient, productive and profitable manner. 


Starting wage for this position is $25.00 + 1.00 shift differential for NIGHTS!




There is opportunity for higher wage based on experience.  

  • Know all jobs in assigned department and be able to perform those responsibilities in case of absence, labor shortages, etc.
  • Oversee and report on assigned department, employee functions, labor shortages and fill in for call-ins and break relief as needed.
  • Monitor track and report Plant CIP’s and Sanitation logs to ensure equipment & plant operates effectively.
  • Provide a positive example for other Team Members by practicing good personal hygiene and following any and all Food Safety Policies required by MSG. Ensure employees follow proper GMP and HACCP practices.
  • Verify personnel are completing reporting paperwork accurately.
  • Inform Management with any information that impacts facility (i.e. down time, out of spec product, spills, accidents / injuries, etc.).
  • Communicate/control emergency situations with shift personnel.
  • Attend Production meetings when possible and offer insightful suggestions.
  • Monitor Incoming & Outgoing shipments.
  • Designate priorities for improving efficiency standards.
  • Perform cross-training of plant personnel and perform employee evaluations.
  • Maintain a clean and organized area.
  • Maintain daily sanitation schedule.
  • Maintain clean silos, lines and documentation for these.
  • Coordinate with other plant departments to identify and solve problems, improving plant productivity
  • Maintain awareness of new technology that will improve plant performance.
  • Aids with the implementation and the consistent enforcement of work rules, policies, protocols, specifications, and requirements identified by MSG.

Qualification: 2- 3 years previous machine operator experience or equivalent skills in food production.  Strong mechanical aptitude. Licensed forklift operator or willingness to learn. Excellent communication and organization skills, leadership abilities and production processing knowledge of the plant are required.

The COVID-19 vaccine is encouraged, but not required.  Milk Specialties Global closely follows CDC guidelines and updates to ensure employees are able to work safely at our facilities.