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Associated Milk Producers Shift Lead in Sanborn, Iowa



This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

  • Assists with overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of plant operations. Carries out leadership responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting with interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; assist with appraising performance; rewarding and documenting misconduct for supervisor in disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Manages competing demands and changes approach or method to best fit the situation.

  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner by gathering and analyzing information skillfully. Works well in group problem solving situations and develops alternative solutions.

  • Creates a positive team with the ability to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.

  • Leads by example in teamwork, ethical and professional conduct.

  • Point person for equipment knowledge and troubleshooting contact.

  • Covers operator positions if needed.

  • Serves as weekend “on-call” as assigned.

  • Ability to manage projects by creating workable plans; communicates changes effectively and builds commitment and overcomes resistance.

  • Understands business implications of decisions while displaying an orientation to profitability.

  • Develops realistic action plans, by prioritizing and planning work activities. Plans for additional resources as needed.

  • Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement. Makes oneself available to staff, provides regular performance feedback, develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth.

  • Ability to react well under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions and follows through on commitments.

  • Leads and guides all Quality and Food Safety policies and procedures, reporting any nonconformity.

  • Leads and guides all Safety policies and procedures, correcting and reporting any nonconformity.

  • Commends employees for safe work habits. Observes, identifies and corrects unsafe behavior in a proactive approach to preventing incidents.

  • Leads and guides GMP policies and procedures, correcting and reporting any nonconformity.

  • Other duties as assigned.

An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.


The following are required competencies of the position that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:

  • Exceptional attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Ability to adapt effectively within a continually changing and demanding environment.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the products manufactured and the processes involved.

  • Thorough understanding and broad application of safety regulations, standards, principles, theories, and techniques.

  • Understanding of equipment operations and minor troubleshooting ability.

  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability and willingness to communicate effectively in order to maintain high levels of Safety, Quality and Efficiency.

  • Ability to read and comprehend standard operating procedures and company guidelines in order to maintain regulatory compliance.

  • Ability to understand daily production needs.

  • Lead in a team environment safely.

  • Detail oriented, be quality minded.

  • Able to perform at a high level in a fast-paced environment.

  • Must have high level of discretion and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.

  • Independent worker and analytical thinker with ability to conduct research, data analysis and resolve complex problems.

  • Ability to plan, initiate, direct and carry out short and long-term programs.

  • Ability to define problems, collect and document data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of situations and events and respond accordingly.

  • Possess traits of honesty, integrity, creativity and flexibility.


  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED), preferred.

  • Prior experience in dairy or food production, manufacturing, industrial process operations or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of SQF, HACCP, GMP's, OSHA and loss control programs is highly desirable.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Manufacturing – Work is performed in a manufacturing plant. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee will frequently have to walk and stand. The employee should have the ability to occasionally lift up to 55lbs. Must be able to climb ladders and work at elevations above 4 feet. Employees are regularly exposed to cold temperatures when performing tasks in storage areas. Employees are regularly exposed to warm or hot temperatures with moderate to high humidity levels varying based on the location of the work area. The employee is regularly exposed to wet walking surfaces. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Manufacturing - Employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock, wet work conditions, fumes or airborne particles. Employee is occasionally exposed to warm conditions with occasional exposure to temperature conditions in excess of 100*F or cold temperatures when working in cold storage areas. The employee is regularly exposed to work near moving mechanical parts. Employee is regularly exposed to chemicals during sanitation processes. The noise level in the work environment is occasionally at a high level. The employee is not routinely exposed to weather conditions. The employee may be exposed to very low levels of ammonia.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Personal protective equipment is required depending on the job being performed, including protective eye wear, or face shields, hearing protection, hair and beard nets, uniforms and footwear. Additional equipment is required when working with chemicals, such as rubber gloves and use of chemical proof aprons as appropriate for the job being performed.

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)