Sojo's Pet Food Prodcution Worker in South Saint Paul, Minnesota
Production Worker Monday-Friday 6am-2:30pm $15/Hour About Sojos Sojos is a fast-growing company that is transforming the lives of pets by making raw nutrition easy, affordable and above all safe. We are passionate, creative, believe in only making the best products, and we re looking for team members who think big, move fast, work smart, and have a desire to do things better. Benefits Our benefits package is available to our full-time staff and includes Paid Time Off, 401K, Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Holidays, and free Sojos Food and Treats for your furry friends. Position Summary Freeze-drying Specialist is an hourly position responsible for prepping, handling, freeze-drying and de-traying of meat products. Other responsibilities include maintaining a clean environment, ensuring quality of product, maintenance of equipment, and assistance in other areas as needed. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES *Other duties as assigned* Critical Skills Needed: Critical thinking skills, able to multi-task Ability to problem solve in a constantly changing environment Excellent communication skills (oral and written) Self-motivated Able to lift at least 60 lbs on a regular basis Meat Prepping: Work with Lead/Supervisor to determine what type of meat needs to be made and when it is needed. Achieve the high cleanliness standard necessary for working with raw meat (wash hands often, wear gloves, wear a prep suit, face mask, do not cross-contaminate). Weighing of all trays to the proper weight to ensure proper freeze-drying. Thorough spraying of meat with Anolyte to kill any Listeria, Salmonella, or E.Coli. Visually inspection of meat to assure it is up to standards (as set by the Quality Dept. and Supervisor). Freeze-drying: Learn how to operate all Freeze-dryers properly to uphold the integrity and quality of finished product. Work with Lead/Supervisor to troubleshoot problems and maintain machines. Loading and unloading of carts with proper technique to not damage them. De-icing and cleaning of Freeze-dryers on a daily basis. Collaborate with vendors to make sure Freeze-dryers are operating at 100%. De-traying and Boxing: Checking of meat to make sure it is fully finished. Proper sampling of meat to assure a pathogen-free product is being sent to for testing. Compliance with all meat handling procedures as determined by Lead/Supervisor. Weighing and assigning of Lot #'s to meat (separating meat by type). Building and checking of pallets. Adherence to positive test protocol. Cleaning: Thorough cleaning of area every day. Maintaining a pathogen-free facility, taking care to not contaminate meat or equipment. Mopping, floor scrubbing, spraying, wiping down machines, and other cleaning procedures as needed. Pest control to ensure facility is rodent, moth, and flies free. Training and Leadership: Training of new employees as needed. Helping new employees with proper procedures for handling meat and operating the Freeze-dryers. Provide direction to other employees as needed, assist others and take direction as needed. Being accountable for own actions and holding other employees accountable for their actions (in a respectful and calm manner). Motivate and coach other employees as necessary. Other Departments: Cross-training in other departments. Tasks as assigned by Lead/Supervisor in the Mill, Bakery, Finishing, or the Office. Any additional tasks assigned by any Supervisor. Other Job Requirements: Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, and move around the facility. Exposed to shop elements such as noise, dust, odors, fumes, oil, heat, and cold. Will be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.