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Production Team Member - Snacks Processing

Company: The J. M. Smucker Company
Location: Topeka
Posted on: April 16, 2019

Job Description:

For more than 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has brought families together to share memorable meals and moments. Guided by a vision to engage, delight, and inspire consumers through trusted food and beverage brands that bring joy throughout their lives, Smucker has grown to be a well-respected North American marketer and manufacturer with a balanced portfolio of leading and emerging, on-trend brands. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's , Folgers , Jif , Dunkin Donuts , Crisco , Caf Bustelo , R.W. Knudsen Family , Sahale Snacks , Smucker's Uncrustables , Robin Hood , and Bick s . In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Rachael Ray Nutrish , Meow Mix , Milk-Bone , Kibbles 'n Bits , Natural Balance , and Nature s Recipe . The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about our Company, visit

To make/produce high quality Treats with minimal yield loss at lowest possible cost to factory. Rotating Shifts, possibly 7 days a week and 12 hour shifts. Standing, Walking, Hot environment year round.


* Make Emulsions

* Make dye

* Make Coating

* Adding hand-adds to dry mixes.

* Responsible for running and monitoring system on a continuous basis

* Responsible for weekly start-ups, shut-downs and clean-ups.

* Responsible for minor maintenance of department equipment.

* Sanitation is a constant and critical issue keep production and preparation areas clean

* Operation of forklift, pallet jack and hand truck

* Must be prepared to do what is manually required to keep system running

* Work Rotating Shifts

* Work up to 12 hour shifts

* Work up to 7 days a week


* Ability to work alone/unsupervised (make decisions, correct problems, complete tasks, etc.)

* Knowledge to be prepared for changeovers (have equipment and ingredients, etc ready)

* Ability to work in a team environment

* Good utilization of time and initiative

* Knowledge and experience in use of tools

* Ability to learn and adapt quickly to changes

* Basic knowledge of diagrams and schematics know how to follow and read

* Basic safety knowledge

* Basic computer skills

* Ability to complete task assigned by team leader without question

* Ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure

* High level of awareness to be able to run two systems at the same time

* Strong mechanical aptitude

* Basic knowledge of VFD s, forklift battery charger, electric motors, gearboxes, drive shafts, chain and belt drives, various types of pumps, screw conveyors, airlocks, breaker boxes, lockout/tag-out switches, scales, micro-motions.

* Advanced knowledge of products (ingredients, processes, etc.)

* Advanced knowledge of smart screens and their proper uses.

* Good communication skills


* Standing: 6 hours out of 8 hours a day (4 hours overtime) max of 10 hours in a 12 hr. day

* Sitting: Changing formulas and doing paperwork (minimal time) usually take breaks and eat lunch in the TINA office.

* Lifting: Up to 50lb maximum limit. Capability of lifting 50lb bags to hand stations. 20 lb. Buckets of ingredients for emulsion batches dumped into breddo and batch tanks.

* Lift / Pull: Operate hand jack to lift pallets and barrels.

* Push / Pull: Push totes with hand jack, mop and broom for clean up

* Carry: 50lb bags of ingredients from TINA dries room to TINA emulsion prep area (30 35 ft.)

* Climbing: Up and down stairs to Emulsion Hopper 5-8 times per shift. Up and down on fork truck 20-30 times per shift

* Balancing: Climbing stairs and ladders.

* Walking: To work area, around machines, out of storveyor area, checking gauges and setting on equipment, and to break areas.

* Stooping: To pick up ingredient bags and carry over to emulsion prep area picking up ingredient buckets to dump into Breddo and Emulsion batch tank.

* Kneeling: To clean under conveyors and Dryer/Coolers

* Squatting: To pick up hand adds, to clean under conveyors and Dryer/Coolers

* Reaching: Machinery that has been locked out and in need of repair or maintenance, and cleaning

* Handling: Tools, valves, turning machines on and off, ingredient bags, buckets, hoses, water guns, paper work and computer usage.

* Feeling: Checking product texture and consistency

* Twisting: Head and neck rotation while driving fork lift

* Talking: Communicate with co-workers, Packaging operators, Bones Premix operators, Lab workers and Team Leaders.

* Hearing: Machine running, operate forklift, co-workers and alarms.

* Noise: Hearing protection required in all production and packaging areas

* Sight: Operating machinery, complete paper work and monitor production 100% of time.


High School Diploma or GED required


Low conveyors, standing/walking on concrete, tight work spaces, extreme temperatures (32 to 120F) hot in the summer and cold in the winter.


Hearing protection, bump cap for head protection, safety glasses, steel toe shoes and high heat gloves.


Automatic equipment, pressurized air hoses, high pressure hoses, strahman water hoses (hot-steam injected water) and very hot piping.

The J. M. Smucker Company (the Company ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No person will be discriminated against in hiring or in any other aspect of their employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, marital status, familial status, disability, genetic information, protected veteran/military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Keywords: The J. M. Smucker Company, Topeka , Production Team Member - Snacks Processing, Professions , Topeka, Kansas

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