Utility Operator - $5,000 First-Year Sign-On Bonus
Kenosha WI
Full Time


Kenosha WI

Utility Operator -  $5,000 First-Year Sign-On Bonus

Your role:

As a Utility Operator, you will be responsible for maintaining the sanitary condition of the facility and to be skilled up in 2 operating positions in the plant to build bench strength and to fill in for those positions when vacant for various reasons. People who successfully adapt to the work environment, job duties and safety culture of Ardent Mills will be considered for promotion into other roles as they become available.

To succeed, you must be able to:

  • Perform duties and deliver results in new situations while adhering to safety and food safety policies without compromising the team’s values. 
  • Serve others with understanding, respect, and care.
  • Operate with simplicity, clarity and transparency.
  • Deal with and drive change.
  • Organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting or exceeding deadlines.
  • Learn and apply new technology and share your knowledge with others.

Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner.

Your responsibilities:

  • Routine cleaning of floors, equipment, roofs and outside grounds in any department there is a need.
  • Specialized cleaning tasks such as bin cleanings, rebolt sifter, filter sock changes
  • Basic process maintenance.
  • Get cross-trained in at least two different operator jobs.
  • Responsible for understanding and following all personnel and equipment safety policies; Sanitation policies; following all Business Unit policies and procedures.
  • Special duties assigned by management.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Proficient in computer tools including email and spreadsheets.
  • Proficient in English both written and verbally.

Good to have:

  • At least one year of manufacturing or plant operations experience.  

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation): 

  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as is required by the operating areas (i.e. safety glasses, protective footwear, hearing protection and, at times, a respirator) 

  • Ability to work a machine paced continuous process that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with conditions which include: 

  • Heat/Cold temperatures (inclement weather) 

  • Indoor/Outdoor environment 

  • Dusty environment 

  • Noisy environment 

  • Frequent moving/vibration/ or other motion of equipment/processes 

  • Elevated Places 

  • Must pass a physical abilities test with or without reasonable accommodation with the ability to: 

  • Frequently stand, walk, rotate, bend/stoop, twist, crouch, kneel, crawl, balance and reach or lift at shoulder level, above shoulder level, and below shoulder level 

  • Frequently climb stairs and/or ladders 

  • Frequently lift/shovel/carry up to 50 pounds 

  • Frequently push/pull/torque up to 75 pounds of force 

Other Considerations: 

  • This role is a part of a two-shift operation, one role scheduled for days and the other on second shift scheduled primarily for 12 hours.  Shift assignment will be discussed during the interview and hiring process. That said, you must be willing to work alongside your team including long days, on rotating or varying shifts (days, evenings, and nights) as well as overtime, weekend or holiday work. 

At Ardent Mills, everyone matters and everyone has a voice.  We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and team members and the decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, age, political affiliation, or any other non-merit characteristic protected by law or not.  Together, celebrating our differences, we make Ardent Mills.

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills


Kenosha WI


6509 77TH Avenue, Kenosha WI, 53142

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“I think that people may be surprised at the amount of fun and laughs that we have together at the plant and with our peers across the other facilities. There is a lot of hard work that goes into running these plants, but we get in a few laughs, even on the tough days.”

Sean Gager - Plant Manager
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