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DSM Lead Production Operator 2nd shift in South Bend, Indiana

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

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The Challenge

As the Production Lead Operator you'll be responsible for production of cultures on the defined production shift, for leading/supporting change initiatives on the shop-floor and driving continuous improvement, responsible for production team development and supporting individual operator performance and personal growth.

The Position•Operates process and utility equipment (tanks, pumps, press filters, agitators, Clean in Place system, packaging lines, Process Logic Controllers, boilers and cooling systems, etc.) in a hygienic and safe manner in accordance with all process procedures, cGMP, HACCP and SHE instructions and guidelines. Acts in such a way that safety awareness and accident prevention are considered in the performance of all tasks.•Responsible for all production related activities on second shift. Including adherence to all SHE and Food Safety programs. With dotted line responsibility of all second shift Production Operators.•Operates the plant, Clean in Place and Pail Filler PLC systems in support of the manufacturing process by inputting the appropriate parameters required to transfer, filter, and formulate products, clean equipment per specification and package correct quantities of product. •Transports raw materials or returns raw materials and finished products from manufacturing by use of a powered lift truck per instructions; noting in writing the usage thereof.•Weighs out the required materials to produce batches of 1,000-40,000 kg. of formulated products per batch record instructions and other relevant work instructions by blending weighed materials into tanks and dry blending equipment.•Monitors equipment and process parameters; records process conditions (pH, viscosity, temperature, pump and agitator speeds, conductivity and other conditions as specified).•Takes samples and analyzes these (pH, viscosity checks, ATP Sanitation Monitoring for cleanliness); decide on operational action to be taken based upon calculations or specifications using the results found.•Takes care of good housekeeping within area of responsibility, in compliance with guidelines, orders and instructions.•Performs equipment checks such as daily Lift Truck inspection, magnet calibration testing, daily scale calibration checks and daily pre-operational inspections.•Performs minor maintenance work on equipment when necessary to ensure continuous operation of process (<10% of time).•Reports process issues to the Manufacturing Supervisor and informs the Supervisor about process adjustments.•Warns offenders and inform the Director of Production & Site Operations or Mfg. Supervisor if and when instructions are not complied with.•Communicates relevant details with team members and with leaving and incoming shift colleagues.•Execute master sanitation schedule tasks at the specified frequencies.•Occasionally may be required to write work instructions for work performed in the manufacturing environment.•Occasionally assigned to independently investigate equipment issues and interact with outside vendors in an investigative role.•Prepares Customer Samples for shipment.•Prepares Labels for packaging of final products.•Helps investigate valid manufacturing customer complaints as needed.•Safely load out scheduled bulk tank wagons.

The Ideal•High School diploma or equivalent AND five years of site production experience•2 year degree AND three years of site production experience•4 year degree AND two years of site production experience•Demonstrates strong leadership and communication skills in influencing peers to perform in an exemplary manner.•Knowledge to perform responsibilities with minimal guidance•Fork lift driver certification•Proficiency in basic IT tools (e.g. Excel)•Ability to perform the physical requirements of assigned duties.

The Reward

Working for DSM means the opportunity to really contribute to improve people’s lives and solving the challenges of today’s world. Challenging jobs, career opportunities and an inspiring environment allow you to enhance your personal development. DSM recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance.

Procedure & Contact

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DSM NA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. DSM is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.