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Batching/Digest Operator (Reno, NV, US, 89434)

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Mars Reno , NV 89510

Posted 2 months ago

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there's more to being in business than just making a profit. That's the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it's never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It's about how you can grab everything that's within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It's about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we'll all be a little better off. It's that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M's, SNICKERS, TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, EXTRA, ORBIT, 5, SKITTLES, UNCLE BEN'S, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl, VCA and Pet Partners. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

Batching / Digest Operator

The Batching / Digest Operator role is responsible for the batch scheduling of raw commodities into accurate batches of mixed meal delivered through the hammer mill and screening systems. The Batching / Digest Operator will participate in setting strategy for the processing system to ensure meeting or exceeding production schedule in the most efficient manner possible. The operator is also responsible to perform preventative and downtime maintenance of area equipment and help make incremental improvements as well as assisting maintenance and engineering to improve and upgrade current systems and equipment and provide input on new projects. They are responsible for Developing and maintaining proficiency in Mars business systems as needed to ensure accurate reporting.

Every associate at Mars has the responsibility for the achievement of quality and food safety.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Knowledge of processing system concepts.

  • Responsible for assisting all areas in maintaining high levels of daily cleanliness and adherence to site GMP's.

  • Prioritize work on a daily basis by identifying pressing issues, through communication with each operator, knowing shift production plans and awareness of area.

  • Requirements in each area include but are not limited to:

  • Promote high quality team environment through effective team work and self-management with a positive attitude.

  • Prepare and maintain Standard Operating Procedures and train new associates.

  • Performs all assigned activities and job tasks within a line or area

  • Operates equipment in a safe and efficient manner

  • Takes corrective actions in solving problems to root cause level

  • Assess equipment operating reliability and perform routine repairs, adjustments and malfunction troubleshooting

  • Performs and/or works with Maintenance to complete equipment preventive maintenance

  • Performs all shift support documentation in a quality matter

  • Demonstrates high degree of ownership for product quality: Performs all standard quality checks & other quality related duties

  • Understands production schedules

Other Responsibilities:

  • Educate others on clean design principles.

  • Receive micro training and understand the hazards of cross contamination

  • Develop a detailed knowledge of the process flow of the plant.

  • Demonstrate ability to perform micro hazard sampling

  • Understand traffic, air flow and color code system.

  • Maintain Process area repair effectively communicating with maintenance. Escalation of issues

  • Other similar duties as assigned.

  • Prepare and maintain SOP's and training modules.

Who Should Apply

We are looking for individuals who demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Team player

  • Action oriented

  • Problem solving abilities

  • Strong communication skills

  • Continuous self-development


Primary qualifications for this job are:

  • Most recent Performance appraisal with a minimum of "Meets" expectations and not more than 1 year old.

  • No active disciplinary notices.

  • Acceptable attendance (less than 5 incidents and no discipline above an Initial Warning).

Additional Qualifications

  • Strong problem solving skills.

  • Ability to plan work on a daily basis, work independently and be a self starter and a highly motivated individual.

  • Ability to work with a team and effectively interact with other departments.

  • Ability to learn advanced process area equipment operation and be able to back fill any role

  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills and effective problem solving.

  • Ability to operate a variety of lifts and fork trucks and be OSHA certified on them as necessary.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and complete quality documentation.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.


  • Must not be afraid of heights; must be capable of working at elevated heights

  • Must not be unuually sensitive to chemicals (contact lenses not recommended).

  • Vision correctable to 20/20.

  • Must be able to stand on feet for long periods of time.

  • Standing on a concrete floor

  • Wearing proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform)

  • Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 50 lbs

  • Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust dirt and chemicals

  • Able to work with minimal supervision

  • Forklift assignments require OSHA certification and getting on and off frequently

  • Able to work with minimal supervision

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

  • Ability to move light to moderately heavy objects.

  • Ability to visually receive and differentiate colors.

  • Ability to understand written and printed material.

  • Ability to understand verbal information.

  • Ability to actively exchange ideas/thoughts with others.

  • Ability to detect, recognize and judge differences or changes in sound.

  • Ability to monitor machines or equipment to make sure they are operating properly; note changes in what machines measure or monitor.

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

  • Ability to handle tools or equipment.

  • Ability to work under tight schedules in high pressure situations.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; extreme cold; extreme heat; and risk of electrical shock.

  • The associate is frequently exposed to vibration.

  • The associate is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Have a High school diploma, GED or equivalent education

  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules

  • Able to work with minimal supervision

  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines

  • 2 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/or trade discipline

  • Demonstrated competency in computer and pc software including MS Office and email

  • Knowledge of inventory control principles

Company-paid relocation is not available for this position.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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