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Operations Management Trainee

SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for effectively assisting with and learning the operations departments to ultimately deliver operational excellence for...

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Job Description

SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for effectively assisting with and learning the operations departments to ultimately deliver operational excellence for the facility. This position will sustain the Mission and Motto and Food Safety and Quality Statement of the Mennel Milling Company. 


PRIMARY WORK SHIFT: Works shift as assigned and overtime as required.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without accommodation. 

  • Follow all food and personal safety rules and regulations in respect to GMP’s, OSHA, HACCP, the Global Food Safety Initiative, the US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as stated in the FS&Q Statement, and sanitation guidelines as set forth by the company as listed in Corporate Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) and attend all required training sessions. Maintain the department/facility in an everyday audit ready condition.
  • Responsible for the Milling, Maintenance, Packing & Loading, and Elevator departments and actively manages these areas to deliver exceptional operational performance.
  • Must maintain Mennel’s high standards of food safety, sanitation, and EHS (Environmental, Health, and Safety) throughout the facility operations. 
  • Assist with the direction and coordinates plant operations in accordance with established company policies and procedures.
  • Assist with the selection, hiring, and training of the above department supervisory staff.
  • Together with the plant leadership team, sets and builds the overall culture for the facility and exhibits excellent leadership skills.
  • Establishes clear and measurable expectations for every employee in the Operations departments to ensure alignment and accountability with the facility’s overall goals and objectives.
  • Enables team members to complete their jobs to the best of their ability and builds a sense of ownership within the team.
  • Fosters a culture of continuous improvement within the workforce and facility.
  • Communicates well with all levels of the organization, and actively engages others in problem solving.
  • Understands the business in which we operate and knows how the inputs and outputs affect the end results.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position has no supervisory duties.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:   The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to conditions that are typical to a fast- paced manufacturing environment, including: moving equipment and machinery, dusty, hot/humid, and cold conditions; employee must be willing to work in all weather conditions, at heights, and in the presence of airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment usually requires the use of hearing protection. Work involves exposure to common wheat allergens. 

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job. 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Milling Science or related food manufacturing or operations field required.
  • 1-3 years of experience in the flour milling industry, or in another food manufacturing field is preferred.
  • Must possess excellent leadership skills.
  • Must have excellent critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent technical writing, speaking, and presentation skills 
  • Must have solid communication skills and be able to interact and productively communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Must possess the ability to learn new skills and assume new responsibilities.


LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, memos, procedures, and plans. Ability to write, complete checklists and other basic documentation and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information or data in one-on-one and small group situations to co-workers, supervisors, and managers.


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


REASONING ABILITY: Must use solid judgment when making decisions. Must have ability to quickly recognize and plan for changing work duties and events.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to perform maintenance tasks, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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