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Drying and Milling Operator

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

A Typical Day

Primary responsibility of the Drying Milling Operator is to assure product quality while operating separators and wash systems, as well as drying and milling equipment, during the daily production of Edible and Refine/USP.  This includes maintaining accurate/complete paperwork. 

Job Responsibilities
  • Operate, monitor and manage the separator, double crystallization refining, drying and milling equipment, including production, CIP, and associated pieces of equipment
  • Responsible for monitoring, inspecting, trouble shooting and maintaining all equipment associated with this position
  • Responsible for notifying supervisor about process issues in a timely manner
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and complete paperwork
  • Follow Good Manufacturing Procedures.  Understand sanitation in relation to CIP, COP, and clean up
  • Maintain and monitor all Q.C. and production programs per Hilmar Cheese & Ingredient Standards
  • Successful completion and response to all in-process testing
  • Communicate, interact and work effectively with team members to help achieve department goals
  • Assist and train others
  • Perform master sanitation program duties as assigned
  • Department team participation; GMP audits, behavior sampling, safety audit, accident investigation, management presentations, follow-up on outstanding work orders, etc.
  • Promote and Follow Company Hygience Zoning Program
  • Active participation and ownership in your training and development program and associated activities, classes and events, which will be held before, during, after shifts and during scheduled days off. 
  • Help coach and train teammates and participate in on the job, buddy training.
  • Place high priority on food safety and sanitation by understanding and executing HCC’s food safety and sanitation policies and procedures.
  • Hold self and others accountable to HCC’s food safety & sanitation guidelines and policies by communicating any food safety incident, observation, or opportunity to your leadership team or teammates. 
  • Participate in food safety and sanitation root cause analysis and improvement activities when required. 
  • Prioritize safety above all other job duties by having a safety first approach at all times.
  • Report any safety issues, observations, opportunities to your teams and follow up. 
  • Participate in departmental safety teams.
  • Promote Company Culture
  • Achieve common business goals through cooperative alignment with all departments.
What You Will Need
  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and rotating shifts (day/swing/graveyard) 
  • Ability to lift up to 60lbs
  • Pass a pre-employment skills assessment test 
  •  Pass the level 5 Post Offer Employment Testing (POET) 
What Will Put You Ahead
  • 1 year SAP experience
  • 2 years of dairy manufacturing experience
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 their respective areas.
  • 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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