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Lauridsen Group Inc. Production Lead - Dry Side Team 3, Essentia - Lytton in Lytton, Iowa

We offer:

  • Base wages starting at $22.50/hour

  • $2,000 Sign-On Bonus

  • Medical, dental, and vision eligibility first of the month following date of hire

  • 15 days of PTO your first year, prorated based on hire date

  • 401(k) with employer match

  • Paid holidays

This position will coordinate production team members and their work activities, ensuring the safe production of a quality product processed in accordance with mandated and established company procedures.


Production Process:

  • Analyze, forecast and plan production objectives.

  • If required by site, schedule production operators and assign maintenance work orders as needed.

  • Coordinate production area workflow including:

  • The unloading and blending of raw products.

  • Packaging the raw product.

  • Maximizing production efficiencies and machine utilization.

  • Troubleshoot the production process including:

  • Assist maintenance/utility person with repairs on equipment/machinery breakdowns or notify appropriate personnel to coordinate outside repair services.

  • Ensure the flow of production, redirecting production employees to areas of the process needing immediate attention.

  • Document and understand required data to control production processes.

  • Assist in the development and updating of standard operating procedures.

  • Complies with and follows company food safety and quality policies.

  • Monitor the production processes, anticipate production concerns and make effective decisions while striving for continuity of the production process.

  • Demonstrate proficiency using each piece of equipment on the floor.

  • Complete daily reports in absence of production supervisor.

  • May create bills of lading and pick pallets for outbound loads.

Training & Development:

  • Provide safety training, including all mandated sanitary policies and regulations, according to established procedures.

  • Conducts and provides quality and production training for production personnel.

  • Coach team members in support of Production Supervisor or Superintendent.


  • Maintain a clean production area for safe working conditions.

  • Assigns work, ensures employees have what they need to get the job done.

  • Keeps watch over product being made, which may frequently include running machine(s).

  • This role does not typically have administrative management duties. This role provides recommendations for employment actions including performance evaluations, but does not personally carry out hiring, terminations, or discipline.

  • Attend all Supervisory and Safety meetings at the designated times.

  • Comply with and aid Supervisor/Superintendent in ensuring team member compliance with company‚Äôs Code of Conduct and Respectful Workplace policy.

  • The Production Lead will cover work direction activities in the absence of the Production Supervisor.

  • Environment policies as well as all other company policies.

  • Ensure fundamental food safety and quality practices maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives and to support the development, implementation and maintenance and ongoing improvements of food safety programs.


  • Ability to troubleshoot malfunctions in equipment/machinery and perform repairs.

  • Specific knowledge of industrial production processes in an edible food processing plant.

  • Ability to operate and train personnel on equipment and machinery used in the processing of product.

  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality related to all duties and responsibilities

  • Ability to monitor the production processes, anticipate production concerns and make effective decisions while striving for continuity of the production process.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and implement continuous quality improvement.

  • Ability to maintain steady and quality work output from the team and foster positive attitudes among employees.

  • Ability to perform basic and complex mathematical calculations.

  • Ability to work daily and overtime as necessary.

  • Ability to remain calm and professional.

  • General knowledge of OSHA standards and safe work practices.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with company personnel, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and other business related contacts.

  • Ability to adhere to USDA, OSHA, and other regulatory and compliance recordkeeping requirements.

  • Knowledge of dryer operation and membrane filtration processes.

  • Knowledge of industrial production processes in an edible food processing plant.

  • Ability to operate forklifts and non-motorized pallet jacks as needed.

  • Ability to operate company vehicles as required.

  • If qualified, trained and required by site: ability to change bags in the bag house.

  • If both the Supervisor and Plant Superintendent are absent, the Plant Manager assumes the responsibility.

  • Ability to assist in other work-related areas as requested.


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Continuous

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Occasional

Reaching Above Shoulder - Frequent

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Occasional

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 100 Pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials - Occasional

Weighing from 0 to 100 Pounds

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Vision: Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to - Yes

Access Required Information and to Perform Job Duties

Color Definition Required: - No

Hearing: Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to

Communicate/Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Mobility: Ability to be mobile throughout required work areas.

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - N/A

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Continuous

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A


Education: High School diploma or G.E.D. required.

Experience: Experience in a food processing environment required.