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Manufacturing Optimization Analyst

At Hilmar Cheese Company and Hilmar Ingredients, we improve lives around the world by being a leading producer of wholesome dairy products that contribute to the success of all stakeholders. We are one of the world’s largest and most respected manufacturers of cheese, whey protein, lactose and milk powders. We are successful for two reasons: (1) we know the cheese and ingredients business really well, and (2) we know that we can’t succeed without great people!

A Typical Day

The Manufacturing Optimization Analyst is responsible for providing analysis skills and expertise to identify business opportunities, promote and strengthen problem solving efforts and enhance a deeper understanding of existing and new data.  Manage data in a way that makes it highly accessible and valuable.  Lead cross functional problem solving teams to drive problem resolution, variation reduction and continuous improvement efforts.

Job Responsibilities

  • Analyze complex data sets using process knowledge, advanced analytics and statistics to reach concrete conclusions and draw out complex correlations.
  • Compile findings and conclusions into written and verbal reports that are easily understood and that provide data based recommendations.
  • Publish weekly analysis of technical process data.
  • Compile and maintain data sets for easy access by others.
  • Creating tools and systems to organize, compile, and retrieve data so others can easily utilize relevant data.
  • Interact with cross functional groups to draw out data and assist with problem analysis and problem solving of business and technical issues.
  • Demonstrate self-leadership and the ability to operate independently.
  • Annual completion of OSHA required safety training.
  • 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
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mathematics, Business or Science  and 3 years’ experience in process analysis, analytics, engineering, science or related field
  • Ability to travel by air and car up to 10-15% of the time to execute job duties.
  • Proficiency in any one of the following required:  data science, statistics, analytics, or programming.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Outlook, Word and Excel

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Masters of Science in Engineering, Mathematics, Business or Science  
  • Black Belt or Six Sigma certification.
  • Demonstrated experience leading process improvement and/or variation reduction efforts
  • Demonstrated experience in advanced analytics or data science techniques.
  • Project Management certification or experience
  • Knowledge of database principles to encourage efficient data structures and retrieval techniques  
  • Understanding of technical aspects of production operations
  • 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 area.
  • 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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