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Mars ProcSuppTech in Mattoon, Illinois

The Processing Support Technician safely and efficiently operates the Soft Dry Process Equipment to make high quality pet food that meets or exceeds all specifications set by Mars Petcare in the amount and schedule dictated by business needs. The tech will also be utilized in Batching, Receiving and similar areas when Cesar Dry production is not scheduled.

  1. Perform all of the following duties on a rotational basis in the processing area of the plant. This includes operating all systems, performing all quality checks, maintaining conformance reports and system logs, and troubleshooting all aspects of the Soft Dry Process system:

Soft Dry Process – condition, coat kibbles with tallow and digest, cool and maintain storage levels to be blended into the finished product according to recipe requirements; coordinate with packaging and extrusion to optimize product stream and Storveyor/I.S. inventory levels

  1. Assist in setting strategy for the Soft Dry Process system to ensure meeting or exceeding production schedule in the most efficient manner possible.

  2. Maintain a safe and clean work environment to promote associate safety and product integrity.

  3. Ability to actively address food safety and quality concerns.

  4. Troubleshoot processing systems that are not performing properly and take corrective action to ensure product quality while minimizing unnecessary downtime.

  5. Improve operations through individual and group problem solving and provide leadership in solving problems on the floor and in meetings.

  6. Promote high quality team environment through effective team work and self-management with a positive attitude.

Job Specifications /Qualifications

State the preferred education, knowledge, skills and experience this position requires. State the physical and/or mental requirements for the role (e.g. stand for x hours, lift x weight, concentration on repetitive tasks).

Note: May differ from the current job holder’s own skills and experience.

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Associates degree or equivalent of 2-3 years’ experience (manufacturing environment preferred).

  • Good math, reading and writing skills.

  • High level of mechanical aptitude and knowledge with good skills in troubleshooting and problem solving.

  • Excellent housekeeping skills and knowledge of GMP's.

  • Good knowledge of personal computers.

  • Ability and willingness to develop and manage self, demonstrate self directed workgroup leadership and contribute to efficiency, quality and cost optimization with minimal supervision and a positive attitude.

  • The position will be physically demanding. The successful candidate must have:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

  • Ability to work 12 hour rotating shift

  • Ability to work under variable conditions such as heat, cold, high and /or confined spaces.

  • Ability to climb ladders

  • Ability to travel up and down stairs, repetitively

  • Ability to do repetitive bending and twisting

  • Ability to work with hazardous chemicals (phosphoric acid) and work with exposure to pressurized steam.

  • Forklift certified