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POST DATE 8/28/2016
END DATE 4/25/2017

General Mills Belvidere, IL

Belvidere, IL
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
High School Diploma or GED


Food. Purpose. You.

We serve the world by making food people love. As one of the world's leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$16.6 billion during fiscal 2016.

We seek out the best talent, provide them with rich development resources, support, and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with General Mills means joining a company where you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is tremendous opportunity here for individuals who are leaders, innovators, and want to be part of a company that serves the world by making food people love.


Within General Mills, our manufacturing facilities are committed to achieving zero human and food safety incidents and it is every employee's responsibility to fully support this vision. Skilled Operators are hired as members of a manufacturing team. They are responsible for the handling of ingredients, materials and finished product within the manufacturing facility.

The General Mills-Belvidere, IL plant operates 24hours per day 7 days per week. We gave 8 and 12 hours shift schedules with set day work weeks and rotating schedules. Changes in volume and production requirements can result in changes in work schedule and additional overtime. Skilled Operators must be willing to work any shift including nights and weekends.

The starting wage for a Skilled Operator position is $14.50/hr with periodic merit increases up to a rate of $21.25/hour. General Mills also offers shift differential payment for those working off-shift. Additionally we offer a comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, Pension, Life Insurance, Disability and more. Including immediate vacation and holiday hours!

Main Responsibilities

In this role, you will:

* Follow all company safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe working environment

* Follow standard operating procedures to operate various pieces of high speed and/or high tech processing and packaging equipment

* Troubleshoot problems with machinery and partner with maintenance staff to resolve issues

* Calibrate processing and packaging systems daily to meet required specifications

* Participate in start-up, change over and shut down of operating equipment

* Perform change overs and End of Run cleans including disassembly and reassembly of necessary equipment

* Be responsible for executing all required HACCP/quality processes and documentation

* Participate in Continuous Improvement initiatives in order to increase platform performance

* Diagnose and troubleshoot problems in equipment operation

* Assists in training new employees

* Attend meetings and trainings as required

Perform additional related tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

* Must be 18 years of age or older

* Must have the ongoing right to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

* High School Diploma or GED

* Must have or be willing to obtain a forklift license

* Proficiency in basic computer skills

* Must be able to lift 55 lbs

* Must be able to perform physical tasks for extended periods of time including: standing, walking, climbing, bending, pushing, pulling and twisting over surfaces

* Willing and able to work any shift schedule, including nights and weekends

* Willing and able to adhere to all safety standards and wear all necessary personal protective equipment

* Willing and able to adhere to all grooming requirements necessary for a food manufacturing environment

Preferred Qualifications:

* 1+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment

* Demonstrated leadership ability