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Process Technician - Packaging (Night Shift)

Location: West Allis
State: Wisconsin 
Country: United States 

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 general supervision and is primarily responsible for operating and acting as the technical expert of the equipment and process in production area of responsibility, and is capable of leading the crew in the absence of the Supervisor and Leads.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  • Provides technical expertise, on all equipment and in all areas of the department, to management and/or other departments.
  • Assists others as required by production demands or by direction of the crew management.
  • Works with maintenance and/or engineering in diagnosing and/or resolving equipment problems.
  • Writes shift communications and other standardized work and technical documents as required.
  • Works as a key member of project teams for continuous improvement activities.
  • Contacts vendors for equipment repair as needed.
  • Confirms finished products and goods issues in SAP.
  • Assists and performs routine and preventative maintenance (i.e. changing gaskets, filters, springs), notifying maintenance and/or Supervisor when necessary.
  • Troubleshoots and/or identifies equipment failures or problems.
  • Takes necessary samples for QC testing and for customer pre-shipment samples as needed.
  • Processes requests from other departments across the organization.
  • Completes necessary paperwork and/or data entry for production and/or inventory records.
  • Establishes standards for training and records maintenance, writes procedures, coordinates training events and assists in training.
  • Serves as back-up Operator as needed.
  • Serves as back-up Supervisor as needed.
  • Delegates duties and assigns work in absence of crew Supervisor and Leads.
  • 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 effectively communicate oral and written information and respond to questions from managers and other employees in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Fully trained expert in all production areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to read, follow, and train others on work instructions.
  • Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts to the production process.
  • Possess a working knowledge in Microsoft Office programs and ERP system (SAP preferred).
  • Know how to read and interpret process flow diagrams looking for potential improvements.
  • Possess working knowledge of continuous improvement principles and their application.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Shows initiative to improve work processes or question the status quo.
  • Ability to operate a pallet walker and/or forklift.
  • Ability to use basic hand tools (hammer, screwdriver, wrench) for assembly and disassembly of equipment.
  • These characteristics are normally acquired through a High School Diploma or GED with 5 or more years of experience in a production environment preferred.
  • Working Conditions

    Working environment is a production unit averaging 55-65°F and includes frequent exposures to wet, humid, dusty, or loud conditions, moving machine parts, fumes or airborne particles and caustic chemicals. 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, face mask/shield and safety shoes. Work may occur in small rooms with air lock compliance to avoid interdepartmental contamination. Can be required to work weekends, extended hours and first, second or third shift.

    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 55 lbs., and use hands to finger, handle objects, tools or controls. Repetitive bending and lifting of items to stack or dump is also required. Occasionally required to lift up to 100 lbs., assisted, scoop, kneel, or crouch 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.

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  • 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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