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Machine Operator (1st Shift Mon-Thurs 5:00 am - 4:00 pm) in Mankato, MN at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 12/7/2018

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    Mankato, MN
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Job Description

Jack Link’s Protein Snacks began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Over the years, as consumer demand for convenient, high-quality snack foods increased, so has the company’s product offerings. Today Jack Link’s is the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer in the world, and sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. The Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.

 Primary Purpose:  To perform necessary functions in order to lead a production line to efficiently, safely, and correctly package finished product in preparation for shipment to customer.  


  • Set-up, operate, and perform change-over procedures of line in accordance with operating standard protocols and machine settings.
  • Communicate effectively with Maintenance personnel to prevent and address any machine malfunctions.
  • Continually strive to maximize productivity and efficiency while decreasing waste.
  • Clearly communicate work assignments, directives, and expected outcomes with personnel.
  • Encourage a team spirit where all associates have pride in their line, and therefore continually attempt to break records and set new production standards.
  • Ensure all associates on your line understand and follow all policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Routinely communicate with your Supervisor in order to gain directives, discuss decisions and action plans, and share information.
  • Ensuring personnel on your line stay busy even during down times.
  • Empowering personnel to strive to improve and do their best; ensuring pride in their team and ownership of their line.
  • Train and continually develop the skills of the personnel in your area.
  • Prohibit the use of inappropriate language or behavior.
  • Ensure quality protocols are followed and openly communicate with QC in order to fix defects to ensure quality standards are consistently met.
  • Accurately complete all necessary paperwork as directed.
  • Successfully complete all necessary technical training and skills verification as directed.
  • Successfully complete all necessary soft skills training as directed.
  • Perform all required sanitation functions within acceptable standards.
  • Perform all required duties within OSHA and company safety standards.

Attend all department and company scheduled meetings

Job Requirements

• Values - Must demonstrate the Jack Link’s Values: Be Real - Relationship Driven – Stewardship - Speed Matters - Self Discipline - Show Awesome Character
• Safety – Perform all duties within OSHA and company safety standards
• Problem Solving - Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems
• Multi-tasking - Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously
• Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal
• Accuracy - Superior accuracy and attention to detail
• Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task
• Relationships - Establishes and maintains professional relationships with vendors, customers and employees at all levels based on credibility, integrity and trust
• Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions
• Honesty / Integrity - Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace
• Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task
• Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines
• Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy
• Verbal/Written Communication Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
• Drug Screen - Ability to pass a drug screen
• Attendance - Regular attendance is essential


Experience: One to two years of related experience preferred. Prior knowledge of food processing and related equipment helpful.

Other Requirements
• Basic mathematical and analytical skills
• Working knowledge of computers and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office suite helpful

Physical Demands Lift/Carry
Stand C (Constantly) 10 lbs or less O (Occasionally)
Walk C (Constantly) 11-20 lbs O (Occasionally)
Sit O (Occasionally) 21-50 lbs O (Occasionally)
Handling/Fingering F (Frequently) 51-100 lbs O (Occasionally)
Reach Outward O (Occasionally) Over 100 lbs O (Occasionally)
Reach Above Shoulder O (Occasionally) Push/Pull
Climb O (Occasionally) 12 lbs or less O (Occasionally)
Crawl O (Occasionally) 13-25 lbs O (Occasionally)
Squat or Kneel O (Occasionally) 26-40 lbs O (Occasionally)
Bend O (Occasionally) 41-100 lbs O (Occasionally)

N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this occupation.
O (Occasionally) Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)
C (Constantly) Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Other Physical Requirements
Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
 Earplugs
 Hairnet
 Beard-net
 Protective eyewear
 Cut resistant glove
 Slip resistant boots
 Hard hat


Work is performed in production environments where temperatures range from 35-55 degrees. May perform work in an office environment which is not subjected to extreme temperatures. There is a moderate level of noise. Flooring can be very slippery at times.


EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V

VEVRAA Federal Contractor


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