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Production Supervisor Trainee

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

We aim to develop diverse talent towards future managerial roles for our manufacturing facilities. The program offers access to accelerate development on the job and through other channels during a 6-month program


Job Responsibilities

  • Leading or participating in continuous improvement projects in an operations environment, having interaction with finance, maintenance and reliability, manufacturing technology, engineering, safety and quality. 
  • Participating actively in the safety and food safety in our operations. 
  • Learning on the job with experts, developing technical and soft skills and receiving coaching from your manager and peers. 
  • Participating in structured learning (digital and instructor led) to develop your technical, professional and leadership skills with peers.
  • Develop technical skills while training on the process equipment.

What You Will Need

Internal Applicants must meet the following; 

  • Held level 4 or level 5 role in operations  
  • High School Diploma/GED plus 2 years related experience, OR Associate's degree in related field plus 1 year’s related experience, OR Bachelor's degree.
  • Active/past member of department safety team 
  • Experience as an On the Job Trainer 
  • In good standing regarding performance and attendance

University Applicants must meet the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree at program entrance in food science, business management, animal science, engineering or related field

•Ability to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts.
•Able to demonstrate development of leadership, critical thinking, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
•Strong reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills.
•Self-motivated with a results-driven approach.
•Ability to lift up to 60 lbs.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Manufacturing experience.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Internal applicants: level 5 role in operations with demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • University Applicants : minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Has completed/in the process of completing HCC Level 1 Leadership training

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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday.
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within the cheese plant.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.


Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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Nearest Major Market: Amarillo