Date: Apr 1, 2024

Location: St Johns, MI, US, 48879

Company: Glanbia

Cheese 640# Operator


Supervisor’s Title:             Cheese Team Leader

Department:                        Cheese Production

Exempt Status:                   Hourly


MWC is a state of the art cheese and whey production facility in St. Johns, MI. MWC is a joint venture between Glanbia Nutritionals, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Select Milk Producers Inc. (Select).


Job Summary

Oversees Plate Washer, Boxmaker, Closer and Tube Liner Inserter.  Maintain areas to provide quality packaging for 640 # blocks.


Essential Functions

Vacuum Sealer:

  • Ensure vacuum pumps are on and vacuum sealers are enabled.
  • Close vacuum sealers as soon as they have four fresh boxes.
  • Place clean slip sheet on cheese and fold bag, after vacuum sealers.
  • Place bottom boards and irons on boxes (reject any damaged components).
  • Check Tosca iron legs on the leg jig to ensure they fit the 640 box correctly.
  • Ensure boxes don't sit in one place for too long, to prevent a jam.
  • Fix any jams in your area.
  • Contact Level 3 immediately when you can't fix a jam.
  • Ensure environmental cleaning is done and signed off by the end of each shift.
  • Log Delvocid lot code onto the delvocid tracking log sheet each time the sprayer is filled.
  • Foam area when not in production.
  • Inspect each block for any foreign material ex. Plastic, excessive peppers, other color cheese etc.
  • Keeps records in accordance with good manufacturing process and local and state laws.


Boxmaker/Breakdown/640 Front End/640 Back End:

  • General knowledge of components (Arena, Tosca and Kraft).
  • General knowledge of banding machine operation and cleaning.
  • Inspect each box for correct assembly.
  • Keep a supply of 640# boxes on line at all times (10-20 boxes).
  • Contact VR or ATL when banding machine is not operational.
  • Identify bad components and reject them.
  • Assemble boxes by hand when banding machine is down.
  • Ensure environmental cleaning is done and signed off by the end of each shift.
  • Tower preparation for CIP.
  • Tower Cleaning.
  • Refill and thread plastic wrap on machine.

Fill Station:

  • Run all fill station operations (Calibrate scales, insert angles etc.).
  • Run all Dry Ice Operations (Calibrate Hoppers, dose blocks, log weights etc.).
  • Inspect each block for foreign material ex. Plastic, metal, excessive peppers, other color cheese etc.
  • Perform metal detector test.
  • Perform DI magnet inspections.
  • Must be able to work HMI.
  • Fill out all log sheets for area.
  • Load and select vacuum chambers.
  • Perform CIP on 640 fill line and VC 1-7
  • Foam Fill Station area.
  • Startup Fill area.
  • General housekeeping and at end of your shift check your area and clean up.
  • Utilizes GPS processes, driving zero losses and upholds the culture of MWC non-negotiables.

Tube Liner Inserter:

  • Place a blue tube liner in each box after it gets made and cheese cloth on baseplate.
  • Use dolly squaring tool to check for bent tabs when running Arena.
  • Keep liners stocked.
  • Do not use any damaged or dirty liners.
  • Assist the angle washer operator when necessary.
  • Ensure environmental cleaning is done and signed off by the end of each shift.

Plate Washer:

  • Spray all plates, use scrub brush and HC10 on them.
  • Ensure all cleaning and chemical sanitizing mixing procedures are followed.
  • Each base plate has a clean cheese cloth if put on at that station if not at the angle station.
  • After each cheesecloth is placed on the base plate.
  • Ensure environmental cleaning is done and signed off by the end of each shift.
  • Assist the angle washer/tube liner operator when needed.
  • Utilizes GPS processes, driving zero losses and upholds the culture of MWC non-negotiables


Delivering on Glanbia’s Values:

  • “Showing Respect” - Research issues & incidents with internal teams, business partners and customers in a collaborative manner that includes professional, honest and transparent communication.
  • “Find a Better Way” - Work with internal and external teams to implement process improvements and/or procedural changes that eliminate non-value added activities and drive more business value.
  • “Winning Together” - Assist with training of new team members.  Facilitate or oversee training and standard operating procedure reviews to ensure new hires develop proficiency of role.
  • “The Customer’s Champion” – Proactively engage to support our customer needs on an end to end basis and strive to meet or exceed SLA timelines.  Take ownership of customer requests and engage with internal teams as needed and within a timely manner.
  • “Performance Matters” – Meet or exceed all key metrics in line with expectations for role.  Continually update knowledge of products, product changes, processes and services offered to deliver a dynamic customer experience.


Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.




  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill.
  •       Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, handle multiply projects simultaneously and delegate assignments to others.
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.                 


Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, standing and walking, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Frequently involves sitting, and reaching with hands and arms
  • Regularly 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 somewhat strenuous daily activities of a primarily product/technical 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 loud noise levels (i.e. manufacturing equipment).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat, and areas with possible air contamination, 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.


Travel Requirements

  • Minimal travel limited within the local area.



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.


Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.

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