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Defrost Crew - Machine Operator - 2nd Shift in West Liberty, IA at West Liberty Foods, L.L.C

Date Posted: 8/9/2019

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Job Reference Code: 007197-West Liberty



About West Liberty Foods

West Liberty Foods was formed in 1996 under the guiding principles of the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative. Carrying on Iowa’s rich farming tradition, our grower/owners are committed to animal health and welfare while delivering superior-quality turkeys — a philosophy that has helped family farms grow and thrive for generations. The continued success of West Liberty Foods is due to the dedication, enthusiasm and support of our grower/owners.

Our mission is to be a leading food manufacturer by converting needs, ideas and expertise into value for our members, business partners and consumers.

West Liberty Foods manufactures hundreds of meat and poultry products that can be found in well-known grocery stores and top restaurant chains nationwide. Recognized as one of the top protein processors in North America, we have the capacity to produce over 650 million pounds of food products per year across our facilities. We are The Surprisingly Big Company®, and we’re right in your backyard.

Build your career with West Liberty Foods and be a part of an exciting, collaborative team environment! 

We are currently hiring for Defrost Crew for 2nd shift on our Production Team.

Job Summary:

Defrost Operator position is responsible for loading, unloading, washing, and operating defrost tumblers in a safe manner to properly tumble products.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Transport totes of product to the tumbler area.
  • Identify product using labels.
  • Load, unload, wash and operate the defrost tumblers in a safe manner.
  • Ensure that the product attains proper temperature.
  • Assist in set up and tear down of the slice machine before and after shift.
  • Become lockout tagout certified.
  • Keep pace with line speed.
  • Clean assigned area at end of shift.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Previous experience working in an operator role is preferred.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Must practice good personal hygiene.
  • Basic mechanical skills is preferred.
  • Ability to work in varying temperature conditions.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stand for long periods.
  • Abiilty to perform basic match.
  • Must be able to become powered industrial truck certified.
  • Must be able to problem solve.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot mechanical problems.
  • Must be able to work at line speed with the ability to make coordinated hand and finger movements.
  • Work extended hours, weekends and overtime if needed.
  • Experience in food manufacturing or processing a plus.
  • Ability to adjust quickly to changing demands.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Candidates must successfully pass post-offer/pre-employment drug test, background screen and physical.

West Liberty Foods/Liberty Cold is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

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