Packaging Technician - Kansas City Missouri

General Mills - Kansas City, MO4.0

We serve the world by making food people love. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Annie’s, Lara Bar, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$17.6 billion during fiscal 2015.

We seek out the best talent, and then give them development resources, support and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with General Mills means joining a company where you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is tremendous opportunity here for individuals who want to advance food through innovation and serve the world.

Within General Mills, our manufacturing facilities are committed to achieving zero human and food safety incidents and it is every employee’s responsibility to fully support this vision. Line Technicians are hired as members of a manufacturing team. They are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of various processing and packaging equipment throughout the facility.

The General Mills-Kansas City plant operates 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Changes in volume and production requirements can result in changes in work schedule and additional overtime. Bisquick Technicians must be willing to work any shift including nights and weekends.

The starting wage for a Packaging Technician position is $19.41 hr with job class increases up to a rate of $22.44 hr. General Mills also offers shift differential payment for those working off-shift. Additionally we offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical/dental/vision, 401K, and vacation.

Main Responsibilities

In this role, you will:
Follows all safety guidelines in the department including proper use of PPE and lockout procedures
Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of operating all packaging lines including starting, stopping, loading paper, and changing film rolls
Performs necessary flour sample analysis as required by plant/corporate policy.
Performs all necessary quality checks of the products produced in the Packaging department including HACCP checks, seal tests, weight tests, code dating, metal detector, check-weigher, in-line magnets and code dater checks. Maintains all written documentation for these checks.
Maintains equipment and process records as required.
Conduct sanitation tasks according to master sanitation schedule (MSS) and as part of daily operations.
Feed in or blend any off grade product within the specifications determined by QRO.
Perform preventive and reactive maintenance activities within capabilities on packing department equipment and assist maintenance as needed with higher level tasks. Write and enter work orders.
Interface with the warehouse department for inventory, shipping, hold orders, receiving and other functions as directed.
Collaborate and interface with the flour planner on development of production schedule to ensure the maximum utilization of resources
Maintains the processing-related areas in an organized and sanitary manner within FDA GMP guidelines; performs routine cleaning activities of all processing areas.
Performs product changeover cleanout procedures to ensure correct product quality when changing from one product to another; may include entering equipment to ensure the correct level of cleaning.
Performs other tasks and assists other functional areas of the department as needed and required. Physical activities include sweeping, shoveling, vacuuming, lifting/opening/dumping a minimum of 50# containers, climbing ladders and stairs, reaching/pulling/restacking packaged ingredients, scooping, maneuvering rolls of packaging film, etc…

Minimum Qualifications:
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must have the ongoing right to work in the U.S. without sponsorship
High School Diploma or GED
1 or more years of experience in a manufacturing environment
Effective written and oral communication skills
Proficiency in basic computer skills
Must be able to lift 50 lbs
Must be able to perform physical tasks for extended periods of time including: standing, walking, climbing, bending, pushing, pulling and twisting over surfaces
Willing and able to work any shift schedule, including nights and weekends
Willing and able to adhere to all safety standards and wear all necessary personal protective equipment
Willing and able to adhere to all grooming requirements necessary for a food manufacturing environment

Preferred Qualifications:
Mechanical or electrical capability/experience
Demonstrated leadership ability