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Operations Associate - Cincinnati, OH

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Are you a recent college graduate with an interest in food production? Would you enjoy the opportunity to learn all facets of a business and discover the career path you would like to pursue?

If so, then you will be pleased to learn that John Morrell & Co., a member of the John Morrell Food Group, has an Operations Associate position available in Cincinnati, Ohio.


The Operations Associate (OA) is in a 12-18 month program that includes rotational assignments in Operations, Safety, Human Resources, Accounting, and Quality. An OA is given exposure across the manufacturing team and deep experience in a selected discipline. The associate will work with their manager for the development of targets to develop core leadership and functional skills through the plant manufacturing rotational assignments, ultimately learning all facets of the business.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

     Responsible for working with cross functional members of the plantís leadership team to gain exposure across the operations team, while remaining flexible and accommodating ever changing business needs.

     Responsible for staying abreast of current company policies as they relate to Safety, Quality, Foods Safety, Regulatory, environmental issues, etc. Will promote safety (people and food) in the work place and apply teamwork approach to all tasks.

     Maintain a competent, trained work force at determined head count.

     Monitor and trains all employees for adherence to good manufacturing practices (GMP)

     Assures standard operating procedures and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) requirements are followed.

     Helps develop and meet plant safety goals. Participates in safety/environmental self-audits & visual checks, and champions all safety activities.

     Assures daily production schedules are met and all issues are communicated timely.

     Conducts/assists with employee relations investigations.

     Work towards baseline variances at better or above goals.

     Participate in scheduling and ensuring mechanical Preventative Maintenance is conducted.

     Tracks cost savings projects under his/her control to meet objectives.

     Develop future cost savings projects to meet objectives.

     Ensures compliance to product specifications throughout the manufacturing process.

     Address team memberís concerns/requests in a timely and caring manner.

     Ensure accuracy of reports. Submit production reports timely.

     Checks and verifies timekeeping for assigned team members daily.

     Have trained backups for all key position with a depth chart.

     Complete all monthly/weekly training.

     Issues corrective actions as required.

     Train all team members in company and regulatory policy i.e. OSHA, EPA, USDA/FSIS, EEOC


This job has supervisory responsibilities for up to 25 production workers.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will be continuously exposed to temperatures ranging from 38 Ė 40 degrees. The noise level in the work environment is sufficient to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level. Personal Protective Equipment is required.

AM I QUALIFIED TO BE AN OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE? To be considered for this position, you must have:

     Bachelorís degree in Business, Engineering, Food Science, Quality, Safety or other related disciplines is required.

     Require experience with Microsoft Office.

     This is an entry level position and understanding of food processing, supervisory responsibilities and bi-lingual skills desired.

     Strong interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills

     Excellent communication skills.

     Ability to multi-task.

     Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions at all levels of the organization.

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


At the John Morrell Food Group we are always looking for talented associates. We are committed to recruit, retain and promote employees with a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences. We seek individuals with outstanding characteristics of leadership and a bias toward action. The successful applicant should desire a broad base exposure to all aspects within the business enterprise while taking pride in ownership of results within a cross functional team.

If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

The John Morrell Food Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer and participates in the E-Verify Program.


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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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