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Essilor of America Production Associate - 3rd Shift in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Production Associate - 3rd Shift

MN - St. Cloud

Build a Progressive Career Home with a Growing Global Industry Leader

Excellent training · advancement opportunities · great culture · competitive pay · great benefits

If you combine technical aptitude with attention to detail and the motivation to learn and grow professionally, this position offers you several compelling opportunities. You will:

  • Enjoy strong training to operate advanced optical equipment; optical experience is preferred, but whether you have it or not, we'll set you up for success. Quick question for you - click here

  • Showcase your potential to take on additional responsibilities and advance; we are committed to hiring from within whenever possible.

  • Join a collaborative, upbeat team in one of the largest optical processing facilities in the nation.

  • Enjoy the stability and resources of a growing global organization -- our recent merger with Luxottica has made us the world's largest player in the eyewear industry.

  • Earn a competitive wage and first rate benefits that include all you would expect as well as some pleasant surprises, such as lots of opportunity for overtime with extra pay.

Improving Lives By Improving Sight . Essilor of America, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses in the United States, employs more than 7,000 people and operates the largest and most comprehensive optical laboratory network in the U.S. Essilor of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, and other brands, and our products are worn by one billion people daily. Essilor has been on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies every year since 2010.

The Requirements

To be a good fit for the Production Associate opportunity, you will have:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent. Quick question for you - click here

  • 1+ years of related work experience, such as in manufacturing; experience in lab settings is preferred, and optical experience would be ideal.

  • High mechanical aptitude.

  • The ability to:

  • Meet measurable standards in a dynamic production environment.

  • Add, subtract and understand decimal sequencing.

  • Follow written and verbal instructions.

  • Depth perception and manual dexterity.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • The ability to troubleshoot machinery as needed.

  • Excellent organizational abilities.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Strong multi-tasking skills.

You need to know:

  • This position requires that you stand and walk for the duration of any shift.

  • You'll work with and around chemicals.

  • Your work area may be wet and/or dirty.

  • You'll need to be able to lift and move up to 20 lbs. to waist height on a regular basis.

  • You should be willing and able to work overtime as needed.

The Role and Keys to Success

Role Overview

You will be part of the team creating lenses according to doctor’s specifications, but while you’ll have some supervision, you’ll still need to be able to analyze situations and use your judgment. We need to be versatile and able to multitask to keep the workflow moving, so you will rotate into all areas of the surfacing department, completing a variety of tasks cross-training across the whole department. Quick question for you - click here

The duties of this position are usually repetitive, but each day will be a bit different as you rotate to the different areas. Specific duties include taping and blocking the lenses, generating, pulling tools, fining and polishing, and lens washing.

Keys to Success

This is a goal-oriented department that loves to make work fun and reward people for doing it. We'll provide training, but change will be ongoing and your own role may evolve. We're looking for adaptable and flexible people who can excel in a fast-paced production environment. If you are someone who is willing to show up and try, as well as to think and learn, every single day, then you’ll find success here.

In addition, in order to be an outstanding Lab Technician – Surface Technician, you will:

  • Bring a proactive approach to learning and getting up to speed quickly.

  • Support our commitment to getting Quality Right the First Time.

  • Achieve goals independently and also contribute as a team player.

  • Manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively.

  • Remain flexible and adaptable as processes change.

  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe workspace.

  • Bring a commitment to our mission and goals.

Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

More Good Reasons

Professional development

Our in-house training program will acquaint you with our culture and business, as well as your role. You'll spend time in classroom sessions and also shadow a coach. We're committed to ensuring you thrive at Essilor.

Career options

History shows that strong performers can advance their careers at Essilor. Within our shift and department there are plenty of opportunities. For example, success as a Surface Technician could set you up to cross-train in other areas, or pursue advancement to a Group Lead role. In addition, in such a large company there are always other avenues to build your career throughout the organization.

Strong team

You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart and mutually supportive professionals who come to work with a positive attitude, and who enjoy working together. We are looking for someone who can becomes part of our ‘family’ in the department. Everyone shows up to do their best every day for the team, and the right fit here is someone who is willing to step in when needed, just as every member of the team is willing to do.

Great environment

Our culture is entrepreneurial, and the company has been innovating both technologically and to solve problems for 170 years. You'll also learn the cultural nuances of working for a company based in another country, if that's new to you.

Truly living our values

At Essilor, we believe everyone deserves to see life and all its detail with the best vision possible. That's why, in addition to designing, manufacturing and distributing quality vision care solutions worldwide, we invest in raising awareness of the importance of good vision, support eyecare professionals, invent new technologies and products, and support philanthropic initiatives. For example, the Essilor Vision Foundation partners with schools, eye doctors, and communities to provide eye exams and glasses to underserved children at no cost to their families. We also are committed to robust standards for environmental sustainability. These are just a couple of reasons we were one of the 52 companies named to Fortune magazine's 2019 Change the World list.

Excellent compensation

In addition to competitive compensation, we offer an exceptional mix of first-rate benefits, including medical, dental and vision plans; a 401(k) plan with company match; comprehensive training through Essilor University; lens and frame benefits for you and your family; an employee stock purchase plan with company match; and more.

Video: As part of the #DifferenceMakers campaign, Essilor chose four eyecare professionals and three Essilor employees to participate in a mission trip to Southeast Asia in March 2019.

Essilor of America, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at jill.dibenedetto@essilorusa.com.