Pasteurizer Operator

West Farm Foods Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 11 months ago

Darigold is seeking a motivated pasteurizer to be a part of Darigold's Seattle team. The pasteurizer operator must possess a pasteurization license or have the ability to obtain a license within 6 months of being hired. The operator must be able to multitask, troubleshoot issues, handle high levels of stress, and conduct sanitation of the pasteurization equipment. The pasteurizer is responsible for pasteurizing all milk products and meet all federal, state, local, and Darigold requirements. This position monitors the operation of milk processing systems and equipment through observation of computer PLCS and graphs to ensure proper pasteurizing, homogenizing, mixing (batching) and cleaning of systems occurs and make adjustments and recordings as necessary. The ideal candidate for this position will be cautious of all food safety risks and ensure all products produced in the plant meet Darigold's definition of safe quality products.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):

  • Monitor, observe, and operate computers and graphs to control and direct flow of various milk products through pasteurizing, homogenizer and mixing process. Operate same system to determine order of cleaning systems and keep records of process completed.

  • Collects samples of product and complete required compositional testing to ensure all product meets customer and legal specifications

  • Maintaining the sanitary conditions required in the milk processing area of the plant to include sanitation activities for the silos, tanks, lines, pasteurization equipment, and associated pumps, lines, floors, etc.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing all tank exteriors, piping, pumps and walls in the processing area.

  • Washing and sanitizing milk tanks, lines and HTST systems with automated CIP equipment per PMO requirements: Monitoring, documenting and executing CIP processes for in-spec time, temperature, flow, function and chemical concentration. Efficiently coordinating washes to ensure that plant CIP downtime is minimized.

  • Inspecting milk silos/tanks and lines for visible foreign material, CIP residue, excessive odor, discoloration, and maintenance issues

  • Maintaining and monitoring legal chart documentation and trending systems regarding CIP efficacy

  • Knowledgably troubleshoot plant CIP systems to ensure proper washes are performed before releasing tanks and lines to production.

  • Communicating any CIP related issues with QA and plant management.

  • Perform and assist preventative maintenance on processing equipment to include valves, separator, homogenizer, and associated processing equipment.

  • Maintain regulatory licenses; HTST Pasteurizer & WSDA Plant Sampler

  • Maintaining, inspecting and changing the flow system foreign material prevention systems: Product air-blow filters, HTST system screens, CIP solution screens, Product flow system screens and woven filters

  • Reporting any sanitary issues to QA or engineering.

  • Ensure all personal GMPs and PPE is are followed

  • Ensure chemicals utilized are stored and labelled properly.

  • Maintaining food safety and quality by reporting all food safety risks or quality issues to QA and plant management immediately and hold all at risk products for management review.

  • Maintain vitamin fortification levels and ensuring proper batching by following customer recipes as generated.

  • Documentation of all lot information for all batching ingredients and inventory of all products produced for a production day.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Ability to troubleshoot issues when they arise

  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Work with computer PLCs and recording charts

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and have a sense of urgency when needed

  • Work overnight, weekends, and rotating/varying shifts.

  • Reliability begin work on time and conform to work hours and schedule

  • Able to work in a high stress and fast pace environment

  • Knowledge of processing system and have mechanical experience

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 55 lbs and operator a barrel jack, forklift, and pallet jack

  • Must be able to push/pull up to 75 lbs for mechanical connection requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Prefer 1+ year experience in pasteurization, CIP, and/or sanitation

  • Prefer WSDA pasteurization license may obtain license within 6 months of hire date


We offer our employees a team oriented work environment, competitive salary, and an excellent benefit package including a top-notch 401k savings plan and education assistance program.

Darigold is known for delivering fresh, high quality, value-added dairy products to people, & customer-driven solutions to organizations, all around the globe. We are the 5th largest dairy Co-Op in the US & one of the largest privately held organizations headquartered in Seattle, Washington. We produce over 9 billion pounds of milk every year! Since 1918, our Farmer-owners have taken great pride in producing nutritious dairy products with unsurpassed quality. Our work environment provides a results driven, collaborative space, with open & transparent communication, & a culture of celebrating everyone's wins. Our mid-size private business model provides the ability to have dynamic involvement at all levels of our organization. We're also proud to say we offer an excellent Total Compensation Package & a few other unique perks to our industry!

At Darigold we embrace diversity & welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, creed, religion, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law- We're proud to say we are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

As a condition of employment applicants offered a role will be required to successfully pass our pre-employment background screen, receive a neg

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