Dean Foods

Packaging Operator - Plant

Job Locations US-CA-Hayward
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Manufacturing & Production
High School or Equivalent
Relocation Assistance

Non-Bid Holder Position in a union environment.  On call type of work which could turn to full time employment.  Located at Berkeley Farms Dairy in Hayward, CA.  May start out in the case dock area.

Job Description & Requirements

The Packaging Operator is responsible for running and maintaining packaging department equipment which includes labelers, scales, conveyors, casers, stackers, coders and other related packaging safely and efficiently in relation to material usage documentation, product waste, sealing, coding and weight control.  

* Order packaging material (paper, poly, cartons) from storage as needed. 

* Visually inspect boxes, cartons and other packaged materials for printing defects.

* Ensure proper sizing of product containers.

* Load packaging material onto machines in a timely manner to ensure no line stoppages.

* Observe operation of equipment and perform necessary adjustments to ensure product specifications are met.

* Perform net weight control checks and make equipment adjustments as needed.

* Communicate any changes in product flow, equipment malfunctions, shortages or deviations from specifications to Production Supervisor, maintenance or other operators verbally and/or in writing.

* Inspect packaging, coding and seals to verify conformance to specifications and performs necessary adjustments to ensure compliance

* Ensure the proper packaging materials are used for each product being produced. 

* Will have working knowledge and experience with wrapper operations; watching for jams and effectively threading wrap to prevent cost downtime due to handler error.

* Ensure machine is supplied with correct material needed to run and complete log books as required. 

* Prepare equipment for next run to include size changes as needed. 

* Ensure all paperwork is filled out in a clear, legible and accurate format, and completed with required information.

* Ensure all required information is documented in accordance with SOP’s.

* Analyze process data and equipment performance data to improve quality, throughput, and troubleshoot.

* Utilizing continuous improvement mindset, assist in identifying opportunities to improve processes. 

* Follow Good Manufacturing Practices.  

* Maintain a clean, sanitary and safe work area.

* Follow all required work safe practices. This would include wearing of all required PPE in designated areas, confined space safety, safe chemical handling, fall restraints, etc.

* Responsible for food safety, pre-requisite programs and food quality related to designated area.  

* Report any food safety and food quality related issues to management immediately. 

* Perform other duties as assigned


* High School Diploma or GED preferred; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or, equivalent combination of education and experience

* Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. 

* Experience within the food and beverage industry preferred.

* Must be able to stand, walk, kneel and bend for virtually the entire shift.

* Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally including overhead.  

* Must be able to work in a wet environment. Some exposure to cleaning chemicals.  [Delete if not Ice cream plant: For ice cream plants: Exposure to allergens.]

* Must be willing to work flexible hours including overtime, weekends and holidays.

* Be able to effectively work in a team environment.

* Effective verbal and written communication skills.

* Ability to work in a fast paced environment.

* Must be able to pass all pre-employment screens (including drug, background and criminal checks).

EEO Statement

Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug. Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law). Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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