Utility Operator - $3k first-year sign-on bonus
Mankato MN


Mankato MN

Your role:

As a Utility Operator, you will be responsible for ensuring that Ardent Mills products meet customer requirements at the end of the milling process. 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:

  • Complete all tasks on time.
  • Work in a fast paced ever changing environment.
  • Complete inventory management tasks accurately and on time.
  • Routine cleaning of floors, equipment, roofs and outside grounds.
  • Specialized cleaning tasks such as bin cleanings, rebolt sifter, filter sock changes, working in confined spaces like dust collectors and bins and elevated requiring the use of fall protection .
  • Special duties assigned by management.
  • Basic process maintenance.
  • Responsible for understanding and following all personnel and equipment safety policies; Sanitation policies; following all Business Unit policies and procedures.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience using computer tools including email and spreadsheets.
  • Proficient in English both written and verbally.
  • Must be able to follow all Good Manufacturing Practices and other company policies. 
  • Must work efficiently; be alert, organized, and cooperative at all times. 
  • Must keep work areas clean at all times and perform all sanitation-related duties safely and effectively. 
  • Must be able to be cross-trained to step up to help cover labor shortages. 
  • Must be able to sweep, broom, and shovel flour frequently 
  • Must be able to shovel approximately 20 pounds into barrels 
  • Must be able to dump carts and barrels of flour occasionally 

Physical requirements and working conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation):

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Able to work in a dusty environment and wear respiratory protection.
  • Able to work in hot and cold conditions.
  • Able to climb stairs through the workday.
  • Able to stand through the entire workday.

Other considerations:

  • Must be willing to accept accountability and work well in a team.
  • Flexible shift schedule available
  • Must be willing to get cross-trained in at least one other position for development within the facility and to provide any relief duties as needed.

EEO Commitment:

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.


Mankato MN


200 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato MN, 56001

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