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Lauridsen Group Inc. Sanitation Lead - Essentia in Lytton, Iowa

Are you a detail-oriented self-starter with a strong work ethic looking for a job in which those characteristics are rewarded? If so, Essentia is looking for you!

Through committed service and sustainable proteins solutions, Essentia is dedicated to building a better business for our customers. We do this by holding true to our values: Teamwork, Respect, Agility, Creativity and Knowledge. This position will direct the work of the Sanitation Technicians and assist the Sanitation Manager in maintaining a clean plant for safe working conditions as well as ensuring the safe production of a quality product processed in accordance with mandated and established company procedures.

Compensation starting at $19/hr.


Education: High school diploma or GED required. Post high school education in chemistry, food sciences or a related field is highly preferred.

Experience: Food manufacturing sanitation management/leadership experience strongly preferred.


Sanitation Process:

  • Analyze, forecast and plan production objectives.

  • If required by site, schedule Sanitation Techs and assign maintenance work orders as needed.

  • Coordinate with production their area workflow including:

  • When area will be down for sanitation purposes.

  • Preplace equipment needed for clean

  • Maximizing Sanitation efficiencies and time utilization.

  • Troubleshoot the production/sanitation 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/sanitation, redirecting sanitation techs employees to areas of the process needing immediate attention.

  • Document and understand required data to control sanitation processes.

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

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

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

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

  • Complete daily reports in absence of Sanitation Manager.

  • Any other needs that may arise for sanitation purposes

Training & Development:

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

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


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

  • Provides recommendations for employment actions including performance evaluations, but is not the direct supervisor and does not personally carry out hiring, terminations, or corrective action.

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

  • Comply with all and assist Sanitation Manager in ensuring team member compliance with all company policies to include Company’s Code of Conduct and Respectful Workplace policy.

  • Comply with all food safety, quality and environmental policies.

  • Ensure fundamental food safety and quality practices maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives.

  • Support the development, implementation and maintenance and ongoing improvements of food safety programs.

  • Model the Company Values

  • The Sanitation Manager will cover work direction activities in the absence of the Sanitation Lead.


Approximate: 8-10-Hour Day

Frequency Key

Occasional: 1-33% of workday or 1-12 reps/hour

Frequent: 34-66% of workday or 13-62 reps/hour

Constant: +67% of workday or +63 reps/hour

Physical Demand Level: Medium

Job Analysis:

Physical Demand Wt./Force Height Distance Frequency

Lifting, Waist to Floor 0-5 lbs. 0-50 in. NA Frequently

Lifting, Waist to Floor 6-40 lbs. 0-50 in. NA Occasionally

Lifting, Above Shoulder 0-5 lbs. 50-72 in. NA Occasionally to Frequently

Carrying, Bilateral 0-5 lbs. Self-selected Up to 800 ft. Frequently

Carrying, Bilateral 6-40 lbs. Self-selected Up to 800 ft. Occasionally

Pushing/Pulling, Horizontal 0-25 lbs. of force Self-selected Up to 48 in. Frequently

Grasping Up to 55 lbs. of force NA NA Occasionally

Pinching (2-point/3-point/lateral) Up to 5/8/10 lbs. of force NA NA Occasionally

Reaching, Forward/Lateral NA 0-60 in. Up to 24 in. Frequently

Reaching, Above Shoulder NA 61-85 in. Up to 24 in. Occasionally

Sitting NA NA NA Occasionally

Standing NA NA NA Frequently

Walking NA NA Up to 800 ft. Frequently

Stair Climbing NA 8-12 in. NA Frequently

Ladder/Equipment Climbing NA 10-13 in. NA Occasionally

Squatting NA NA NA Occasionally

Bending NA NA NA Frequently

Stooping NA NA NA Occasionally

Twisting NA NA NA Occasionally

Physical Demand Summary: Maximum frequent waist to floor lift of 5 lbs.; Maximum occasional waist to floor lift of 40 lbs.; Maximum occasional to frequent above shoulder lift of 5 lbs.; Maximum frequent bilateral carry of 5 lbs.; Maximum occasional bilateral carry of 40 lbs.: Maximum frequent horizontal push/pull force of 25 lbs. of force; Occasional grasping of 55 lbs. of force; Occasional 2-point/3-point/lateral pinching of 5/8/10 lbs. of force; Frequent forward/lateral reaching; Occasional above shoulder reaching; Occasional sitting; Frequent standing; Frequent walking; Frequent stair climbing; Occasional ladder/equipment climbing; Occasional squatting; Frequent bending; Occasional stooping; Occasional twisting.


This job requires the mental capabilities to comprehend, analyze and effectively communicate complex information. Logical thinking, calculating abilities and common sense are also necessary to accomplish these job duties.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to operating and moving machinery and vibration, and outside weather conditions year around. The noise level in the work environment can be loud and requires hearing protection. Additional exposures include biohazards, odors, occasional use of hazardous chemicals, dust and wet floors.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.