Area Owner - Fryer Operator

Lamb Weston Holdings Inc Hermiston, OR
Job Description Summary

This position is responsible for constantly monitoring of fluid levels and temperatures in blanchers, dryers, and fryer. It also requires monitoring of equipment to assure proper product and fluid flows throughout process and equipment. This position is responsible for evaluating work processes to determine strategies and programs which provide greater productivity and efficiency of company functions by performing the following duties.

Job Description

Individuals in this position must:

* Follow all plant safety policies and procedures. Be actively involved in safety, participate in safety programs, engaged in safety activities, perform risk assessments and demonstrate ownership as well as leadership in personal safety and the safety of other team members.

* Working Operator with additional responsibilities

* Gathers information to evaluate area work processes and equipment functionality in order to improve the flow of work, time requirements, and duration.

* Develops strategies and tools that improve the productivity and efficiency of the various work processes of the respective area

* Develops and coordinates programs for suggestions and actions related to process improvement.

* Facilitates area teams to build cohesiveness and improve the overall results of the respective teams' tasks.

* Directly involved with communicating to Line Ownership team.

* Frequent/constant communication with Production Lead, Team Lead Group, and leadership team.

* Flexibility for multi-shift training, partnership and communication

* Help build and maintain CIL's, 5S and shift communication tools

* Have a working knowledge of the equipment, piping layout and controls in area of responsibility.

* Monitor and oversee operation and controls of the blancher, dryer, and fryer.

* Monitor and control the temperature and time on the blancher, dryer, and fryer to achieve product specification targets.

* Perform various tests to ensure oil quality, upstream color, and SAPP and salt concentrations are correct (Ex: FFA test).

* Performs fry-ups to monitor product color and quality, at a regular frequency.

* Monitor dextrose, SAPP, and salt added to the flume water supply tank to attain target color and salt content in the finished product.

* Monitor and ensure oil levels in fryers and makeup tanks.

* Monitor that circulation valves on the fryer are adjusted correctly.

* Transfer oil from holding tanks to other tanks and/or fryer, when needed.

* Clean static product build-up out of the fryer during breaks in line-flow or when instructed by the Supervisor.

* Control the amount of oil to Lakos system, and monitor entire fryer filtration system.

* Maintain Oberland [filtration system] and crumb/oily waste removal using a forklift. Changes paper filter when necessary.

* Check all oil recovery equipment to ensure it is operating properly to attain the highest oil recovery rate possible.

* Follow SSOPs to clean fryer, dryer, blancher and other equipment.

* Maintain cleanliness under and around fryer, de‑oiler and precool area.

* Perform boilouts on fryer as required.

* Monitors equipment operations and changes process settings in APQC as required.

* Able to use the TESTO to measure and record Total Polar Compounds of the Fryer Oil [to be determined]

* Communicates problems and breaks in the line to appropriate personnel.

* Starts and stops equipment as required.

* Maintains oil level in fryer makeup tanks as required.

* Fills out paperwork as required.

* Performs assigned duties during cut changes and defrost as required.

* Changes fryer oil as instructed

* Regularly use tools and equipment, as assigned by Team Leader or Area Owner.

* Break other operators as assigned

* May be required to use a 2 way radio.

* Required to use a computer touch screen to monitor and control equipment such as automated valves.

* Follow good housekeeping practices and GMP's.

* Wear required PPE; to include Fryer safety PPE as necessary, for specific job duties being performed around Fryer area.

* Actively participate in AMD activities; Maintain Centerlines and CIL's.

* Perform any other duties as assigned by a Team Leader

Job Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job. To successfully perform this job an individual must:

* Sanitation qualification is required. If you are not qualified, you will be trained.

* Employee must be Lock-out/Tag-out qualification is required. If you are not qualified, you will be trained.

* Forklift Certification is required. If not, employee must meet requirements to become forklift certified.

* Read, understand, and obey all plant rules and practice safety as outlined in the employee handbook.

* Practice proper body mechanics and safe lifting techniques.

* Be knowledgeable of the potential hazards and safety procedures associated with the task being performed.

* Actively practice and abide by all Company work, safety, and personal hygiene rules and regulations as outlined in the employee handbook.

* Must be able to work independently and as a team player.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred.

Language Skills

Effectively communicate in English verbally and in writing. Ability to understand instructions and follow directions in English.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job. The employee:

* The noise level in the work environment can exceed 85 dB.

* Will regularly work near moving mechanical parts.

* Will frequently be exposed to humid conditions as well as moderate heat.

* May occasionally work around fumes or airborne particles, chemicals, and vibration.