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Packaging Operator

Company: Lamb Weston Holdings Inc
Location: Hermiston
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Title: Packaging Operator

Location: Hermiston, OR

Country: United States of America

About Lamb Weston

Lamb Weston is a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the world. For more than 60 years, we've produced innovative, inventive products that make life better for our customers and their customers.

Job Description Summary

This position is responsible for the sanitation, set up, start up, adjustment, and running of all equipment in the packaging area. It is their responsibility, under the direction of the Packaging Lead and/or Team Leader, to ensure all packaging meets quality specifications for paper type, bag code, case code, case condition, and bag length. They are also responsible for cleaning the automatic product scales and baggers in a way that no foreign material is introduced into the product.

Job Description

Individuals in this position must:

* Follow all plant safety policies and procedures. Be actively involved in safety, participate in safety programs, engaged in safety activities, perform risk assessments and demonstrate ownership as well as leadership in personal safety and the safety of other team members.

* Operate and adjust all equipment from the Node [Product bagger distribution, including shakers, belts, feeders, scaling equipment, packaging machines, Blueprints, case settlers, gluers, and coders] to ensure product is efficiently packaged according to product specifications.

* Keep package machines loaded with paper.

* Monitor's line-flow rates: Regular checks for proper feed of product through baggers for maximum efficiency. Monitors and adjusts vibrators to gain optimum bagger performance. Includes continuous scraping to allow for optimum product level.

* Monitor's bagger operation: Ensures by regular checks that baggers are being fed with enough product to run efficiently. Ability to perform metal detector checks. Check's bag weights and adjusts to meet Q.A. standards. Change's tape and wires on jaws. Change's paper and poly rolls. Check's poly codes with Q.A. and continuously monitors for accuracy.

* Monitor's dyna-pack operation:

* Adjusts for different fiber

* Adjusts chair.

* Supplies COPs with fiber.

* Monitors and adjusts roller coder for each unit.

* Monitors case settler operation: Adjusts for different fiber. Monitors headspace on cases and adjusts settings accordingly (compression, time and height).

* Monitors case sealer operation: Adjust for different fiber. Monitors and adjusts glue patterns. Changes glue heads as needed. Ensures proper sanitation and operation (changes or scrapes glue head and housing continuously).

* Monitors Ink-jet coder: Programs proper code statement. Adjusts for optimum code placement and clarity on case.

* Monitors line sanitation: Keeps baggers clean of crumbs. Cleans take-away belts. Keeps floors clean of debris. Cleans Node area as needed or assigned. Ensures all of Packaging is clean and food safe.

* Regulate product flow through equipment and adjust bin dumps as necessary to achieve maximum packaging efficiency.

* Ensure bag lengths meet targets by monitoring and adjusting lengths. Advise supervisor if bag lengths cannot be obtained.

* Ensure proper paper and cases are used per product specification.

* Work to achieve minimum paper and case waste.

* Perform sanitation work as assigned by the Team Leader to include scraping product feeders and product scaling equipment during downtime.

* Help train new personnel in the position of Package Operator

* Communicates need of packaging material (paper, poly, carton) from Dry Supply as needed.

* Drive lift truck to move kd's and pack materials to safely keep line packing.

* Records packaging machinery efficiencies, downtime and fills out reports accurately and correctly.

* Troubleshoots equipment operation: Able to identify mechanical and electrical equipment problems and take action by notifying proper personnel. Operates equipment with minimum waste.

* Rework's product, while reusing fiber when appropriate.

* Gives other employees breaks as directed by the team leader or pack lead.

* May be required to use a 2-way radio.

* Required to use a computer and/or touch screen to monitor and control equipment.

* Follow good housekeeping practices and GMP's.

* Wear required PPE.

* Actively participate in AMD activities; Maintain Centerlines and CIL's.

* Ability to communicate with multiple maintenance partners to troubleshoot and optimize line production.

* Monitor old shaker room, frozen sorter room and round room, including changing screens or sorter settings to control finished length and maximize potato utilization (recovery).

* Records packaging machinery efficiencies, downtime and fills out reports accurately and correctly.

* Responsible for ensuring complete package quality of product taking regular checks of weights, metal detectors, seals, codes, glue patterns, temperatures, etc.---

* Supports Line Structure Team and veLOCity workstreams which include but is not limited to CIL, Centerlines, defect reporting, defect correcting, deep cleaning equipment, training, etc.

* Perform any other duties as assigned by a Team Leader

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job. The employee:

* The noise level in the work environment can exceed 85 db.

* Will regularly work near moving mechanical parts.

* Will frequently be exposed to humid conditions as well as moderate heat.

* Will occasionally be exposed to cool conditions.

* May occasionally work around fumes or airborne particles, chemicals, and vibration.

* Will work around forklift traffic.

Basic & Preferred Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job. To successfully perform this job an individual must:

* Sanitation qualification is required. If you are not qualified, you will be trained.

* Lock-out/Tag-out qualification is required. If you are not qualified, you will be trained.

* Read, understand, and obey all plant rules and practice safety as outlined in the employee handbook.

* Practice proper body mechanics and safe lifting techniques.

* Be knowledgeable of the potential hazards and safety procedures associated with the task being performed.

* Actively practice and abide by all Company work, safety, and personal hygiene rules and regulations as outlined in the employee handbook.

* Must be able to work independently and as a team player, be organized, and plan ahead.

* Must be able to work any shift, overtime and any or all days of the week in accordance with plant needs.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred.

Language Skills

Effectively communicate in English verbally and in writing. Ability to understand instructions and follow directions in English.

Industry-Competitive Benefits

Coupled with our compensation and bonus incentive programs, our benefits deliver rewards that are market competitive. Some of the most attractive elements of our benefit programs include:

* Health Insurance Benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision

* Flexible Spending Accounts for Health and Dependent Care, and Health Reimbursement Accounts

* Well-being programs including companywide events and a wellness incentive program

* Paid Time Off

* Financial Wellness - Industry leading 401(k) plan with generous company contributions, Financial Planning Services, Employee Stock purchase program, and Health Savings Accounts, Life and Accident insurance

* Family-Friendly Employee events

* Employee Assistance Program services - mental health and other concierge type services

Benefits may vary based on location, job role/level, job status, and/or the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Job Requisition ID: Req-221414

Time Type: Full time

Lamb Weston is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law

Keywords: Lamb Weston Holdings Inc, Yakima , Packaging Operator, Other , Hermiston, Washington

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