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Operator - Fermentation (Day shift)

Location: West Allis
State: Wisconsin
Country: USA

Improving food and health for more than 1 billion people every day requires dedicated teamwork. Join us!

At Chr. Hansen we work to improve food and health, and our natural ingredients are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day.

For this to come true we operate integrated global production and supply chain networks using sophisticated technologies and processes. Automation, robotics and IT systems are key components but the key ingredient is efficient people teams focused on delivering to our customers. As a global market leader in bioscience, we have the opportunity to address important global challenges such as food waste, healthy living, sustainable agriculture – and we need the smartest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?

What we offer you?

Joining Chr. Hansen is your opportunity to make a meaningful difference while working for a global market leader. Our employees are regarded as the most valuable asset of Chr. Hansen. We want to create a friendly and non-hierarchical work atmosphere, where our people feel fully engaged in your daily work. No matter which of our operations sites you based at, you will experience an agile organization with a short way from idea to implementation. Chr. Hansen offers an inspiring work environment where respect and teamwork are always the top priorities. Since 1874, we have been at the forefront of innovation by constantly optimizing methods for our production, as well as the work condition for operations. We are proud to promote a safe work environment and a collaborative culture full of passion to make a difference.

General Summary

This position works under close supervision and is primarily responsible for operating in the Fermentation department. The areas are defined as sanitizing, pelletizing/freeze drying, mixing, separating, and monitoring.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities 

  • Sets-up (assembles and disassembles), operates, adjusts, cleans and sanitizes equipment to produce products within quality standards and according to procedures.
  • Assists others in the areas trained as required by production demands or by direction of the Supervisor.
  • Delivers or picks up raw materials or finished product into and out of -55°C freezer.
  • Prints and applies labels to product.
  • Stacks bags onto trolley for storage into the freezer.
  • Verifies lot and batch numbers.
  • Participates in continuous improvement activities using Lean concepts and principles.
  • Troubleshoots and/or identifies equipment failures or problems.
  • Takes necessary samples for QC testing as needed.
  • Completes necessary paperwork and/or data entry for production and/or inventory records.
  • Adheres to all GMP, including sanitary requirements, Safety, ISO and Standardized Work procedures.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts to the production process including conversion of weight and volume in the metric system.
  • Ability to read and follow a production journal to produce batches.
  • Ability to operate a pallet walker and/or forklift, preferred.
  • Ability to use basic hand tools (hammer, screwdriver, wrench) for assembly and disassembly of equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers regarding the status of the production process.
  • Basic computer skills. ERP system knowledge (SAP), preferred.
  • These characteristics are normally acquired through a High School Diploma or GED with experience in a production environment preferred.
  • Working Conditions

    Working environment is a production unit and includes frequent exposures to wet, humid, dusty, or loud conditions, moving machine parts, fumes or airborne particles and chemicals. Occasionally comes in contact with extremely cold conditions (-55°C). A company issued uniform is required to be worn along with personal protective equipment at all times. This can include coveralls, dust mask, hearing protection, hair/beard net, safety glasses, gloves, and safety shoes. Work may occur in small rooms with air lock compliance to avoid interdepartmental contamination. Work schedule may involve seven (7) consecutive days of work (including 12-hour weekend shifts) every other week.

    Physical Demands

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk, hear, lift and/or move materials or equipment up to 50 lbs., use hands to finger, handle objects, tools or controls and roll bags. Occasionally required to scoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and use foot/feet to operate machinery. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

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    About Chr. Hansen

    Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day.

    Social responsibility is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen was ranked as theWorld’s Most Sustainable Company by Corporate Knights thanks to our strong sustainability efforts, our talented employees and the many collaborative partnerships that we have with our customers.

    If you need more information?  

    Read more about a career at Chr. Hansen here: https://www.chr-hansen.com/en/career

  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.
  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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