A mutually rewarding experience.
Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.
Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.
About Mars, Incorporated
Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.
POSITION SUMMARY :
The Extruder Operator is responsible for safely operating the extruders to manufacture kibbles in accordance with the Production Schedule. They are responsible for ensuring the product meets all Quality Specifications while complying with all GMP’s. The Extruder Operator works closely with the Mill Room Operator and the Packaging Lead to ensure they are aligned on
Production Cut-Off’s while maximizing efficiencies and minimizing waste/scrap. They are also responsible for the Sanitation of the extruder room area and performing the weekly start-up’s and shutdowns if required. They also are responsible for maintaining and cleaning the equipment and tools/supplies used in the Extrusion area.
PRINCIPLE ACCOUNTABILITIES :
· Operate Extrusion equipment in a safe manner that meets or exceeds production goals.
· Make equipment adjustments when necessary
· Change over extrusion equipment following all safety and sanitation procedures
· Minimize scrap/waste during changeovers
· Evaluate the Finished Product Quality by visually inspecting the pet food both at the extruder and the dryer to include proper cook, odor and product size. Make adjustments as necessary to correct any issues related to the Quality of the product. Visually inspect the finished product at the cooling conveyor. Ensure the product is going to the correct bin.
· Record all process checks as required.
· Collaborate with QA to ensure that issues during the shift are being addressed and that the product is meeting all target specifications. Make adjustments as necessary and involve others (Shift Manager, Operations Support Manager, etc.) as necessary.
· Maintain the extruder log.
· Monitor downtime and document downtime by cause.
· Collaborate with Packaging Lead and Mill Room Operator to maximize efficiencies, minimize downtime and maximize production capabilities.
· Ensure adherence to all lockout/tag out procedures.
· Review extrusion requirements and specs for the run to include a review of the formula to ensure that proper coatings (wet and dry) are being applied. Identify any inventory concerns and bring them to the attention of your Manager immediately.
· Ensure that set-up parameters match the Process Sheets.
· Monitor and record on a timely basis wet density if necessary.
· Perform Daily/Weekly sanitation of the extruder room area/floor as required.
· Maintain clean work environment.
· Proactively prepare for changeovers by having die plates and knives ready ahead of time.
· Operate the Extrusion equipment at expected run rates and be able to calculate anticipated changeover or shutdown times.
· Perform all start-up and shutdown activities.
· Troubleshoot all problems.
· Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE :
· High School Diploma or equivalent required
· Able to lift up to 50 pounds repetitively
· Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes from hot to cold, dust, dirt and chemicals
· Ability to solve simple math equations
· Good communication skills
· Ability to establish good peer relationship
Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.
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