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General information

All posting locations: Lowville, New York, United States of America

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Department: 06 - 00 Manufacturing

Date Published: 13-Jan-2021

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

Line Tech

Kraft Heinz Company

Lowville- NY

The Kraft Heinz Company is currently seeking Line Tech to work at our food processing facility in Lowville- NY.  Successful candidates must be willing to contribute improvements suggestions and ideas to help continue the success of our facility. Ideal candidates must be safety and quality orientated along with demonstrate adaptability and willingness to work in a team orientated- fast paced work environment.  This position requires individuals to perform general production duties in a food manufacturing environment following strict quality and safety standards. 

EEO Policy

Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories

Benefits & Compensation Overview:

We offer a variety of benefits depending on how you chose what is best for you- but what is offered are:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Additional perks:  Pet Insurance- (EAP) Employee Assistance Program- Company paid Life Insurance- Company paid Short-term disability
  • (HRA) Health Reimbursement Account or (HSA) Health Savings Account.
  • $24.69/hour
  • A $.27 shift differential for those who working on second or and $.45 shift differential for those working on third shift.

Work Schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday 11pm-7am

  • Work schedule varies based on what the needs are for the shift.
  • Weekend and Holiday Work Will Be Required. Schedule depends on a 7 day/week production; therefore- workdays may fluctuate from week to week based on production
  • Overtime will be required in this position

Plant & Community Overview:

Plant Overview:

Bullet points you may want to include are:

  • Over 400 employees
  • 1st- 2nd and 3rd shift opportunities
  • Built in 1971.  The facility is over 400-000 square feet.  The plant has 18 production lines.  Supplied by local farms.  Largest employer in Lewis County. 
  • Products: Philadelphia Cream Cheese- Polly-O String Cheese- Kraft String Cheese

Community Overview:

Welcome to Lowville:

Job Overview:

This position is responsible for all equipment associated with the Cream Cheese and String Cheese Packaging lines- including performing activities related to repair- maintenance- and installation. Provide technical and problem-solving support for the line and plant. Support and execute plant specific maintenance strategies to achieve key performance goals. Assures preventative maintenance schedules are met and all issues are resolved and communicated in a timely fashion. Oversee overall maintenance- quality and output for line.Integrated Manufacturing Systems(IMS) participation is required.

Responsibilities & Duties:

Primary duties will include- but not limited to:

  • Conduct basic repairs- equipment and process adjustments- and process checks to ensure effective set ups and changeovers- machine and equipment operation- quality of work and output.
  • Monitors and maintains Processing Equipment (i.e. Coagulator- Homogenizers- Separators- Heat plates- HTST plates- Mix Proof Valves- and other Processing equipment).
  • Manages and coordinates all Westphalia separator teardowns- homogenizers- heat plates- HTST systems- Mix Proof Valves- CIP parameters.
  • Responsible for the KPI’s associated with the equipment- SAP accuracy for all associated equipment including BOM’s- maintaining and improving the OEE/GE Standards- maintaining budget for cost center- and equipment improvements.
  • Work with maintenance planners to maintain up-to-date records of adjustments made on the equipment- utilizing the SAP program and Processing PM program.
  • Minimizes cost through innovation and initiative- and continuous improvement
  • Will be involved with projects- budgets- R&D Trials- future equipment needs and preventive maintenance. Primary contact for R&D- programmers- contractors and project leaders. Works with programmers- contractors- vendors- and repair techs for PM support/coverage
  • Responsible for implementation and ongoing maintenance of QRMP standards as assigned and actively executes performance monitoring audits in a timely manner
  • Expectation to cross train on additional equipment to successfully provide coverage for planned and unplanned team absences. Off shift coverage may be required. Relief required for break coverage.
  • Responsible for the overall housekeeping- assisting in the completion of period work- GMP’s in the work area- all maintenance activity relating to the equipment- preventive maintenance- corrective maintenance and rebuilds.
  • This is a team-oriented position requiring active participation in establishing documented standard practices- change control- training- and performance metrics. This position will be expected to act as the team leader- support- maintain and train personnel.
  • Understanding basic electrical- pneumatic- hydraulic- and mechanical troubleshooting. 
  • Willing and able to learn shop skills such as welding- machining- etc.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Preferred Background

  • 3-5 years previous experience in mechanical- electrical- pneumatic and/or hydraulic fields is required. Understanding of predictive and preventative maintenance processes. Demonstrated leadership skills. Strong written- verbal- communication and presentation skills. Overall Kraft job performance and attendance will be evaluated
  • Comply with all Kraft policies- procedures and Good Manufacturing Practices. Maintain positive rapport with customers- suppliers- contractors- and other Associates. Participate on assigned teams; Support team decisions. Perform other duties as assigned by Manager. Must adhere to all site rules and adhere to all ways of working processes and procedures within this role.  Position requires compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices- timely Period Work completion- and the ability to perform all sanitation duties. Team participation is required.  All other duties as assigned.


Will ensure that the equipment and machinery he/she works with is cleaned and sanitized according to the Kraft Heinz Sanitation Program rules explained at the beginning of the employment and during refresher sessions.

Quality Assurance:

Ensures all products manufactured comply with the Quality Assurance Program and policies reviewed during the on the job training applicable to this specific operation function.


Will follow instructions delivered during the training that explained the fundamentals of the Kraft Heinz Safety Process and will keep himself/herself and others away from harm while performing his/her duties. Will adhere to LOTO policy and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Minimum of a High school diploma or general education diploma (GED).

Preferred Skills

Must have strong communication skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity