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Sanitation Engineer

Date: Apr 4, 2021

Location: Corona, CA, CA, US, 92878

Company: Glanbia

At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.

Sanitation Engineer

Reports To:                       Production Manager

Department:                     Operations

Location:                           Corona, CA

Pay Status:                        Exempt


Job Summary

Oversee all plant sanitation aspects and ensure proper sanitation throughout the facilities.  Recommend and spearhead the implementation of improvements in safety, manufacturing and sanitation practices to management.  


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Plan, manage and direct plant sanitation procedures, programs and regulatory requirements, ensuring all plant equipment and facility is clean and safe for production.  Ensure compliance with all standard operating procedures.  This includes all 3rd party audits and regulatory inspections.
  • Work closely with the Quality Assurance team to achieve common quality objectives.
  • Develop operating policies and procedures as necessary.  Tailor and document plant procedures related to cleaning chemicals and cleaning schedules.
  • Establish optimization goals and measures for goal achievement, coordinate projects scheduled to accomplish the goals, communicate progress and changes, complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Identify and resolve problems that impede sanitation goals, develop alternative solutions, involve others in problem solving, and use calm and reason even when dealing with emotional situations. 
  • Assist the plants in management of CIP’s and COP’s by providing clear direction and outlining responsibilities as needed to minimize downtime and increase efficiency.
  • Providing training in proper cleaning SOPs, chemical use, and safety procedures.
  • Keep abreast of the latest manufacturing technologies, systems, and sanitation practices; look for ways to improve and promote quality and safety.
  • Promote safe working conditions/practices at all times, ensure proper use of equipment and chemicals, report conditions unsafe to employees or product, address safety performance (safe and unsafe acts) in an appropriate fashion.
  • Assist in regular housekeeping, inspections and audits.
  • Develop familiarity with ingredients/process aids and their functions. Work with daily operations to optimize usage of these ingredients.
  • Liaise with engineering and maintenance for the resolutions of CIP/sanitary challenges within the facility.
  • Assist plants in monitoring and accounting chemical, ingredients and process usage.
  • Measure CIP flow rates to ensure that required velocities are being met and assist other departments with flow measurement needs.
  • Work closely with the Purchasing team and act to minimize cost of cleaning chemicals, using alternate suppliers, chemicals, vendors, etc.
  • Work with chemical suppliers/vendors to ensure sanitation issues are resolved quickly and efficiently.
  • Process engineering support for capital projects for chemical optimization.
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Qualification & Experience Requirements


Education, Training:

  • Chemical Engineering degree from four-year college or university required plus one to two years experience; or three to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in food manufacturing environment or equivalent type of manufacturing


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the food chemistry field is preferred. Understanding of aseptic processing and filling technology is optimal.
  • Good knowledge of sanitation and pest control in food processing.
  • Experience with government regulatory requirements in the processing of food.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).Ability to interpret a variety of instructions finished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Good knowledge of FDA, USDA, HACCP.
  • Ability to work with amino acids, vitamins and fine chemicals in powder and liquid form as well as allergen products.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English both verbal and written
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measures, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to interpret bar graphs


Travel Requirements

  • Minimal domestic travel required (<10%)


Typical Physical Activity


Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Regularly involves going up and down stairs.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceives attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to moderate to high noise levels (i.e. production equipment, forklifts, heavy traffic).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat and cold, outdoor weather conditions, and fumes and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts, above ground with risk of fall, or areas with risk of electrical shock.



Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

Nearest Major Market: Corona
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles