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Production Operator - Hazleton Plant

Company: The Hershey Company
Location: Hazleton
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Location: Hazleton, PA


  • Starting Payrate: $20.18/hr (Will receive Grade 2 or Grade 3 pay rate while learning other positions, within a few months)
  • Qualified Grade 2 rate-$23.08
  • Qualified Grade 3 rate-$24.61
  • Bonus totaling $1000* ($250 paid after 60 workdays and $750 paid at 6 months)
  • Great Overtime Potential!
  • Weekly Paychecks!
  • Repayment required if you terminate within 1 year.

Total Rewards

  • Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, & Vision)-Starting DAY 1!
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan - with generous company match
  • Hershey Stock Purchase Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability
  • Career Advancement Opportunities


  • We ask that you are flexible to work any shift, weekends, overtime and holidays
  • Schedule assignment upon hire is determined by plant needs. You will be assigned to either the Traditional Work Schedule (TWS) or the Continuous Operations Schedule (COS). Once your probation period is complete, you will be assigned to a shift and/or schedule based on your seniority and you will be eligible to bid on other schedules, shifts and jobs.
  • Traditional Work Schedule (TWS):

Regular schedule is 8-hour shifts, Monday through Friday. (1st shift: 7am - 3pm, 2nd shift: 3pm - 11pm, and 3rd shift: 11pm - 7am). Mandatory overtime could be weekly (scheduled for 12 hours/day, Monday through Friday), daily (additional 4 hours on your 8-hour shift) and weekends (8 to 12-hour shifts).

  • Continuous Operations Schedule (COS):

Rotation of 2-2-3 days on/off, with every other weekend off. You will be eligible for 1 mandated day in a 2-week period.

Candidate Process: Please note-communications will be through email and text. Ensure you have access to a valid email

Step 1. 15-minute phone screen for qualified applicants

Step 2. Pre-employment skills test (on-site)

Step 3. 30-minute information session (virtual)

Step 4. 30-minute interview (virtual)

Step 5. Post-Offer: Drug Screen, Physical, and Background Check required

Job Description:

Come Make More Moments of Goodness with us as a Production Operator!

The Hershey Company, Hazleton Plant, is a Union plant producing products such as Cadbury, Milk Bars, Almond Bars, Extra Dark Bars, Caramel Bars, Candy Coated Eggs, and Kit Kat, in a high-speed complex environment.

In this role, you will most likely begin by working as a Utility Worker, Grade 1 Material Handler. You will work to maintain our highest quality of food safety standards, sanitation standards, and be responsible for completing daily production paperwork. Within a few months, you will be cross trained on a higher-grade position and will receive the higher rate while working in that role. Once your 60-day probation period is complete, you will be eligible to bid to higher level positions.

For consideration, please review this posting and apply online. If you have a resume, please be sure to attach it online when you apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operate processing and packaging equipment, perform routine and limited breakdown maintenance of production equipment
  • Monitor overall product quality, complete required checks as well as associated daily production paperwork
  • Clean and inspect equipment
  • Follow safety procedures
  • Follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Follow good housekeeping practices

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess a High School diploma/GED
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English
  • Must be flexible to work any shift - 1st / 2nd / 3rd as well as 12-hour shifts
  • Must be available to work overtime, weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Basic computer skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years' experience in a manufacturing / food manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Experience with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) / Standard Operating Procedures related to appropriate uniforms, gloves, shoes, hair nets, etc. is preferred
  • Experience with Safe Quality Food (SQF) practices is preferred

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to follow directions effectively
  • Ability to work independently within a team environment
  • Close attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Regularly required to work around operating equipment, stand, reach, pull, stoop and bend
  • Repetitive use of hands, wrists, and forearms for certain job tasks

Working Conditions:

  • Work will be performed within a manufacturing facility
  • The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required to include but not limited to safety toe shoes, ear plugs, safety glasses/goggles, bump caps, hair and beard nets, and gloves
  • Wearing company issued uniforms is a requirement

The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Keywords: The Hershey Company, Scranton , Production Operator - Hazleton Plant, Other , Hazleton, Pennsylvania

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