Packer Operator- Special Pack

at Shearer's Foods
Location Massillon, OH
Date Posted August 16, 2021
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


You already LOVE us

Shearer’s is a privately held producer, leading co-manufacturer and distributor of quality snack foods sold under the Shearer’s brand, and other private labels. Ranking number one in private brand and contract manufactured salty snacks, as well as the number two supplier of private brand cookies and crackers in North America, you love our products, although you may not be familiar with our name!  We utilize our manufacturing expertise to serve as a strategic supplier to our partners, who are nationally recognized retail and restaurant brands. With exceptional competence in product development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution, we continue to embrace significant growth in each segment of our business. Headquartered in Massillon, Ohio, we have over 5,000 associates in 12 state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution sites in North America. You can visit our website at


Packer Operator

Stark DC

Friday - Monday 7am-5pm


Your seat at the table


The Packer Operator (PO) position operates, packs and maintains a single packaging cell used to package snack foods. The PO must be able to work with others within a dynamic, collaborative team environment, while performing essential work activities and ensuring safety and quality.  They must also be able to effectively communicate instructions to fellow teammates, including but not limited to: Packaging Machine Coordinators, other Packer Operators, Packers, and or Processors.  The PO must follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Food Safety.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The PO position is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance related to packaging of product; monitoring and troubleshooting, starting and shutting down the packing machine; and preparing, cleaning, and maintaining the workplace. The PO will take part in the shift kick-off meetings with the line team.  


  • Safely Operates and maintains packaging equipment
  • Ensures that products are produced in accordance with quality specifications
  • Ensures packaging equipment produces safe, quality product at the desired rate
  • Inspects and monitors the machine before, during, and after the production process
  • Reads production schedule in order to determine quantities and types of products to be packaged and adjusts packaging rates accordingly
  • Regulates machine flow, speed, and/or temperature through adjustments of machine components, tensions, and pressure as needed
  • Completes all quality testing on the machine (i.e. code date verification, metal detector checks, seal checks)
  • Keeps key components of packaging equipment clean. Inspects for defects, fixes minor defects, and reports defects to the Packaging Machine Coordinator when assistance is needed
  • Reports and/or takes any necessary action to prevent food safety and food quality problems from occurring
  • Legibly fills out required forms and paperwork


Monitors and troubleshoots packaging machines

  • Ensures all safety devises are operating properly
  • Inspects verifies and adjusts product weight or measurement to meet specifications
  • Observes machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of packaged products to standards
  • Monitors the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn’t sticking properly
  • Inspects and removes defective products and packaging material
  • Listens for malfunction indicators
  • Shuts down machines when malfunctions occur
  • Clears machine jams
  • Cleans to inspect, finding defects
  • Troubleshoots the cause(s) of poor quality products, improper weights (high or low), unacceptable finished package appearance, and machine breakdowns 
  • Ensures packaging equipment is running at documented centerlines as the initial step of troubleshooting
  • Sets up, starts, and shuts down packaging equipment
  • Prepares, cleans, and maintains the workplace


Performs other duties as assigned


What you bring to the table

Education and Work Experience

  • High school education or GED equivalent; or six months related training and/or experience in a production or manufacturing environment


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Computer skills
  • Knowledge of techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
  • Knowledge of counting and basic math
  • Ability to store tools and supplies in a clean, orderly fashion
  • Ability to communicate professionally with others verbally, via radio calls, and on electronic formats (Infinity, MIP, e-mail, etc.).
  • Ability to perform math operations using units of weight measurement
  • Ability to read and comprehend written material
  • Ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities consistent with the essential duties and responsibilities


We Offer a Feast of Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Flexible Spending Account, Retirement Savings Plan with Match, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Group Critical Accident Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, Employee Assistance Plan and numerous opportunities to volunteer in the communities in which we operate.


You will be considered for employment in our inclusive workplace

Because at Shearer’s, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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