Santa Cruz Nutritionals

Machine Operator

Operations - Santa Cruz, CA - Full Time

Job Summary

Large scale food manufacturing process which involves sophisticated systems and machinery. Position requires comprehension of three main areas: batch making, cooking colors/flavors addition processing, starch depositing and curing. Mechanical aptitude will be helpful for this position. Troubleshooting skills and problem identification are needed. Must follow all process related documentation and specifications.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operate depositors, kitchen/cooking equipment to customer specifications
  • Complete understanding of all production documentation
  • Meet Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) production goals
  • Ability to comprehend and exercise all skills including math, language, computer, material tracking, etc.
  • Work under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), safety, sanitation guidelines
  • Ability to interact with computer software in cases like: read production schedules, enter downtime, scrap, units produced, etc
  • Housekeeping responsibility maintained with GMP/AIB standards adherents (includes routine/deep, as well as caustic cleaning)
  • Maintain safe work environment
  • Assuring use of raw materials to specifications
  • Assist in training as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 2 years’ experience in machine operations, preferably in a manufacturing environment
  • Specialized Certifications
  • Knowledge of mathematics performing calculations and conversions
  • Basic knowledge of material handling
  • Basic skill in using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Ability to monitor production process through computer systems
  • Ability to interact in a positive manner with co-workers including other departments
  • Ability to give and receive direction and to follow through to completion
  • Ability to accurately complete all associated production process paperwork
  • Ability to work overtime as needed


Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

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