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Mars Receiving Operator in Columbia, South Carolina

Purpose of Role

The Receiving Operator safely and efficiently receives tests, analyzes and processes raw ingredients. This process supports the manufacturing of high quality pet food that meets or exceeds all specifications set by Mars Pet Care US in the amount and schedule required by business needs.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Sampling of all incoming raw materials

  • Collect routine ingredient samples

  • Visually inspect incoming commodities and take appropriate action on issues such as infestation, pests, mold, or any other quality issue.

  • Quality testing (including analytical testing) of all incoming raw materials

  • Foss Analyzer and lab equipment operation

  • Know and understand all CCP’s, and report any findings of deficiencies to Site Quality Manager

  • Responsible for communicating and elevating any quality and food safety concerns to site management.

  • Accurately perform Mycotoxin, Vomitoxin, and FFA tests, and communicate results to Quality Manager · Receiving and Quality systems database interfacing

  • Informing QS of all out of specification raw materials

  • Ensure adherence to all site food safety and security practices (CCP’s , seals, load tags, locked caps, etc.)

  • Actively address food safety and quality concerns.

  • Unloading of all incoming raw materials (dries, liquids, meats, minors)

  • Load used pallets on trailers as needed.

  • Major bin strategy coordination

  • Railcar unloading strategy/Operate Trackmobile

  • Clean receiving magnets

  • Dump all receiving totes

  • IS regrind tote dumping

  • Hardstock grinding – strategize with batching operator

  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment to promote associate safety and product integrity/Wet and dry receiving area sanitation

  • Must be willing to cover overtime for area

  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in site “Continuous Improvement” groups as appropriate.

  • Train other area associates in operation of all areas and systems, including safety, quality and strategy

  • Submit work orders as required.

  • Associate is responsible for communicating and elevating any quality and food safety concerns to site management.

  • Other similar duties as assigned.

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Good math, reading, writing skills and ability to set bin strategies.

  • Good communication skills

  • Ability to learn how to operate Q.S. Analytical Test equipment.

  • High level of mechanical aptitude and knowledge, with good skills in troubleshooting and problem solving.

  • Excellent housekeeping skills and knowledge of GMP's.

  • Good knowledge of personal computers, esp. use of Microsoft Excel and Word.

  • Ability and willingness to develop demonstrate self-directed workgroup leadership and contribute to efficiency, quality and cost optimization with minimal supervision and a positive attitude.

  • Ability to lift 52 lbs.

  • Ability to work rotating shifts under stressful conditions such as heat, cold, high and /or confined spaces and have full mobility with ability to climb ladders and stairs and do repetitive bending and twisting.

  • Ability to work around pressurized steam in a safe manner.

  • Hearing and speaking ability both person and on the phone. Ability to recognize colors and good depth perception.

  • Forklift certified or the ability to certify

Desired Education

  • High School Diploma or equivalent plus 1-2 years’ experience (manufacturing environment preferred).