Line Operator

B&G Foods

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Ankeny, IA

Job Description

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Job Overview:

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Job Title: Line Operator

Hourly Rate: $21.62 (will increase to $24.02 after one year of service)

Shift Premium: $0.55/hour

Shift Hours: M-Th 3:15 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.

Benefit Package: 1st of month following 60 days Health, Dental, Vision, Life; 401(k) 1st of month following 90 days 100% match up to 4% of employee's salary; uniforms provided; on-site cafeteria

Job Summary:

A member of the line production team which processes, fills, and packages products in a safe, efficient, and effective manner consistent with company safety and quality standards.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Follows standard operating procedures and participates in resolving production problems, where indicated, by communicating ideas to team members or supervisory staff.
  • Demonstrates safe work practices to prevent on the job injuries by following all company and OSHA safety regulations.
  • Sets up, operates and makes adjustments on machines that perform one or more packaging functions, such as filling, marking, labeling, banding, packing or wrapping containers.
  • Observes production machinery during operation to detect machine malfunction and makes adjustments for optimum operation and to ensure conformance to production specifications.
  • Completes accurate and timely record keeping functions such as downtime and production recording, items count, HACCP logs and data collection using a computer.
  • Stops machine, clears jam(s) and re-supplies packaging components to operating machines; complies with all lock out-tag out requirements.
  • Performs hand fill functions by filling containers with dried product, then weighs and labels container.
  • Observes and inspects product moving along conveyor to identify product defects and defective packaging and removes those containers that do not meet quality assurance standards.
  • Performs line operations, using standard change-overs and set-ups for production runs.
  • Removes cartons and containers filled with product from the packaging machine conveyor and palletizes on skids.
  • Complies with company standards of cleanliness on the production lines and in surrounding work areas.
  • Reads work orders/schedule specifications and follows oral instructions of others to determine work procedures, machine set-up and material requirements in order to meet product specifications.
  • Works as a member of the production team by communicating line operation information to coworkers in a timely manner to ensure efficient operation of the production line.
  • Communicates with and informs Material Handler to dump product into machine bin.
  • Assists in training new line operators and ongoing training of current production employees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned – not an essential function

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Mechanical aptitude including a basic understanding of the various types of tools, tooling, and equipment used to complete job responsibilities.
  • Performs basic math operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
  • Ability to control the operation of machines and equipment and observe gauges, dials, or other indicators to assure the machine is working properly.
  • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems associated with work processes.
  • Ability to work as a productive member of a team.
  • Ability to organize and work on multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Ability to deal effectively with persons representing widely diverse backgrounds, interests, and points of view.
  • Ability to work at a rapid pace and stand in one place for continuous periods of time.
  • Communicates effectively with other line personnel and trainees in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner.


  • Demonstrates efficient line operation on a regular basis by observing and following Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing work tasks efficiently and safely. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Responds appropriately to supervision.
  • Actively participates in resolving production problems.
  • Maintain good attendance and punctuality.
  • Employees are expected to work at other work centers where job qualifications allow.
  • Commitment to high quality standards of workmanship and production of quality product.
  • Complies with all lock out-tag out requirements.


  • Possess high school diploma or GED
  • On-site training specific to job responsibilities
  • Employee will learn how to use tooling, and operate and set up equipment and machinery used at the work site.

Equipment/Tools/Machinery Used includes, but is not limited to:

Capper Sealers Filler

Labeler Case Packer Bottle Unscrambler

Zebra Fittment Applicator Colbra

Metal Detectors R-pak Bottle Cleaner

Banders Check Weigher Case Sealers

Tray Formers Video Jet Pallet Jacks

Bar Code Scanner Robots Palletizers

Bottle Palletizers Pallet Wrappers Wrenches

Pliers Rubber Hammer Screw Drivers

Calculator Scale Hand Knives

Protective Clothing and Devices:

Many of the job duties of this position require you to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), if so, when and how to use this equipment will be explained to you at the time of hire.

To determine ability to perform job functions where the use of a respirator is required, employees will be given a physical examination prior to performing this type of work.


Responsible for reporting any and all food safety and quality problems to personnel with authority to initiate action.

Responsible for following cGMP’s

Responsible for maintaining cleanliness and good housekeeping

Ensure all food safety and quality records are completed accurately and timely

Follow all appropriate equipment cleaning procedures

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

This position is in a manufacturing plant environment, works around moving mechanical parts, is exposed to airborne particles, and works around motorized vehicles.

Must be able to lift up to 40lbs

Physical Requirements:

Hearing, speaking: Continuously. Must communicate with others and discriminate sounds with machines

Vision: Continuously

Balancing: Occasionally to Frequently depending on the work environment.

Standing: Frequently to Continuously

Walking: Frequently to Continuously

Forward bend in standing: Occasionally to Frequently

Rotation in standing: Occasionally to Frequently

Seated rotation: Occasionally

Elevated work: Rarely up to 1-2 mins

Floor to waist lift: Frequently up to 20 lbs, Occasionally up to 40 lbs, Rarely up to 50 lbs

Waist to crown lift: Rarely up to 25 lbs

Horizontal lift: Occasionally to Frequently up to 40 lbs, Rarely 50 lbs

Front carry: Occasionally 40 lbs up to 15 feet

One hand carry: Occasionally 30 lbs up to 15 feet

Push: Occasionally up to 80 lbs

Pull: Occasionally up to 80 lbs

Left hand grip: Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Right hand grip: Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Pinch Grip: Occasionally to Frequently

Right and Left hand coordination: continuous with average eye/hand coordination

Stair Climbing: Occasionally to frequently: Up to 100 stairs/day

Climbing: Occasionally

Squatting: Occasionally

Kneeling: Rarely

Stooping: Occasionally

Reaching: Frequently

Crawling: Rarely

Crouching: Occasionally

Repetitive Motions: Shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers: Frequently to Continuously: Including twisting wrist, ulnar deviation, bag cutting, twisting caps, pinching envelopes.

Moderate Work: Force from 20-30 lbs occasionally to frequently and up to 40-50 lbs rarely to occasionally.

Maximum Physical Demands:


Maximum Demand:

Floor to waist Lift

Occasionally up to 40 lbs, rarely up to 50 lbs

Waist to Crown Lift

Rarely up to 25 lbs

Front carry

Occasionally 50 lbs up to 15 feet

One hand carry

Occasionally 30 lbs up to 15 feet

Right hand grip

Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Left hand grip

Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Pushing and Pulling

Occasionally up to 80 lbs

Stair Climbing

Occasionally to frequently: Up to 100 stairs/day

Standing tolerance

Frequently to Continuously


Frequently to Continuously

Right & left hand coordination

Continuously with average eye/hand coordination





Pinch Grip

Occasionally to Frequently

Forward bend in standing

Occasionally to Frequently

Rotation in Standing

Occasionally to Frequently

Seated Rotation


Repetitive Motions

Frequently to Continuously with wrists, hands, fingers: Including twisting wrist, ulnar deviation, box cutting, twisting caps, pinching envelopes.







Horizontal Lift

Occasionally to Frequently up to 40 lbs, Rarely 50 lbs

Elevated Work

Rarely up to 1-2 mins

Functional Job Analysis

Rarely 1-5% of the day

Occasionally 6-33% of the day

Frequently 34-66% of the day

Continuously 67-100% of the day

Equal Employment Opportunity:
B&G Foods is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please see