Production Associate

Company: Whitewave Foods Company ( Learn More )

General Information
US-OR-Eugene
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High School
Full-Time
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Job Description
With our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight, Land O’Lakes, Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega™ and Wallaby Organic brands in North America and Alpro and Provamel brands in Europe, WhiteWave Foods has made healthy, alternative food choices mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a new consumer mind set. At heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a new kind of Food Company.  We are unique in possessing both the creativity and the scale not only to meet the world’s emerging needs, but to shape them, and help define the future of food.



As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.


POSITION DESCRIPTION: 


Packages products manually. Performs basic quality control checks, including accurate packaging, package counts, and weight, and evaluates product or package appearance. Folds and tapes boxes, applies labels, and stacks boxes on pallets according to direction.



This entry-level position is the starting point for a career progression with WhiteWave. We are developing a robust training and development plan that provides the resources for long-term development and success.  We have openings on swing and night shift; 2pm - 10:30pm and 10pm - 6:30am.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Prepares for and packages frozen products manually.
  • Performs basic quality control checks, including accurate packaging, package counts, dates, and weight, and evaluates product or package appearance.
  • Folds and tapes boxes, applies labels, and stacks boxes on pallets according to direction.
  • Moves pallets to finished goods storage.
  • Workers may use bar code readers or computer devices to track production efficiencies.


  • Preferred Candidate Qualifications:


    Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent is required, some college preferred. 
  • Prefer 6 months of successful work experience that involves accuracy, dependability, and teamwork, ideally in food production.
  • Basic computer skills (Keyboarding, email, data entry)
  • High mechanical aptitude is preferred, as promotional opportunities typically rely on a strong mechanical aptitude.


  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Maintains a safe working environment, functioning as a member of a cooperative team and safely performs job duties.
  • Reads, writes, speaks, interprets, and understands English written and verbal instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Apply basic mathematical skills such as add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
  • Must be quick with hands, packing product into multi-packs at the rate of 140-150 pieces per minute.
  • Must adhere to strict “Good Manufacturing Practices” for work in a food production environment. 
  • A high degree of attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Works with a sense of urgency in varying temperature environments.
  • Tools used: Cart, pallet jack, taper, shrink wrap



  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS:


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sit: On breaks and lunch only, less than 1 hour per day
  • Stand: Static standing is frequent when hand packing and case making, mixed with walking while palletizing.
  • Walk: Occasional to freezer over a distance of approximately 50 feet to the freezer and back.
  • Lifting: 5lbs or less continuously, 6-10 lbs frequently, 11-40 lbs occasionally. Each case weighing 7.5# to 12.5# can be carried less than 10 feet on an occasional basis. Most product is moved by conveyor, carts and pallet jacks to minimize carrying.
  • Push/Pull: Cases are moved from the production area to the freezer at a pace of 6 to 12 cases at a time, so a cart will be pushed about every 5 minutes when palletizing over a distance of 20 feet. The carts are easy to push requiring less than 10# of force, but each time the palletizer enters the freezer, the freezer door needs to be pushed open and closed. The door is large and requires about 30# of force over a distance of 6 feet.
  • Reach: Constant forward reach, the conveyor moving product is 41” tall and product is located approximately 16 inches away from the employee.
  • Hand/Eye coordination: constant.
  • Grasp: Constant.


  • MENTAL DEMANDS:

  • Comparing – Judging whether the product meets specifications in a fast paced environment.


  • WORK ENVIRONMENT:


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Working conditions frequently includes a cool indoor food production environment with water on the floor, and occasional freezer environment, and intermittent outdoor environment. Clean environment, requiring hand washing every time you go on the floor 20+/- times a day. We have allergens such as tree nuts, soy, peanuts, cinnamon, and coconut in the work environment. In our food production areas you cannot have painted fingernails, jewelry, no sparkles, or anything that may come off your clothing or body that may get into products.

  • SALARY:  WhiteWave Foods Company offers a competitive salary and bonus potential.  The company also provides a comprehensive benefits package as well as many other company sponsored benefits.



    Nothing in this job description restricts WhiteWave Foods, Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega™ and Wallaby Organic rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibility to this job at any time.



    WhiteWave Foods is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  It is our policy to give equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, genetic testing information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, military service, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, disability or any other consideration made unlawful by state, federal or local law. All employment practices and personnel actions, including hiring, termination, job assignment, compensation, discipline, and access to benefits and training are made without regard to any status protected under applicable law. It is our policy to select the most qualified person for each position in the organization, whether that is a new hire, a transfer to another position, or a promotion.

    This policy applies to all persons involved in the operation of WhiteWave Foods, including, but not limited to, employees, vendors, customers and their employees, contract and temporary workers and anyone else on the Company’s property. 


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