Extruder Lead

Job Locations US-CA-Visalia
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/27/2022 9:39 PM)
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Perfection Pet Foods, LLC (PPF) is a leading manufacturer and packager of private label and co-manufactured pet food and pet snack products.


State of the art manufacturing facility
Highly capable and versatile
High meat, Meat First, Super Premium diets
Soft-Moist pieces and traditional dry brown dog and cat kibble



Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision Plan, and 401K w/ up to 4% Company Match (Medical plan is supplemented with HRA Benny card, funded by company, to pay for out of pocket medical expenses)
Vacation Pay, Sick Pay, Holiday Pay, Birthday Pay

Temporary pandemic pay increase for all essential roles
Up to $2/hr Production Bonus


Great pay.
Growing and Innovative Company


This is a mid-level position responsible for providing leadership and direction in the attainment of daily/weekly/monthly/yearly operational goals, including safely and efficiently operating the extrusion systems and other production equipment to ensure compliance. Strict compliance with the facility Food Safety and Quality Management System Policies, Procedures and Work Instruction is required.


  • Responsible for the operation of all equipment in the area as well as training and accountability of the operators working with them in the extrusion area.
  • Responsible for ensuring all quality requirements are completed and production goals are met during the shift.
  • Ensure extrusion temperature equals or exceeds the specified minimum Critical Control Limit before allowing product to ensure the production system.
  • Monitor/Document the designated Critical Control Limit Temperature, and react to deviations.
  • Daily start-up, shut down, set-up, and clean-up of the extrusion operations (e.g. mix systems and extrusion systems).
  • Monitor the product, perform quality audits, and perform general sanitation and housekeeping duties with the machinery.
  • Continuously monitor product quality and identify and report any deviations from the standards as set forth by customer.
  • Responsible for housekeeping of the extruder and plant area (e.g. sweeping the floor, removing trash, cleaning the machine at the end of the shift, preparing for next shift’s production, and finalizing any paperwork in an accurate, clear, and concise manner).
  • Be proactive and assist with maintenance and preventative maintenance of equipment.
    • Assist with improvements, as necessary.
  • Deliver daily objectives determined by plant management.
  • Troubleshoot processing systems to optimize performance and take corrective action to ensure quality and minimize downtime.
  • Participate in a high quality team environment through effective teamwork and self-management with a positive attitude.
  • Responsible for own safety and for the safety of others which may be affected by others actions.
  • Demonstrate good judgment and react to unsafe conditions, either by making them safe or reporting them to those in a position to correct them.
  • Participate in safety programs and actively look for ways to improve site/area safety.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment.
  • Proven leadership qualities, a strong work commitment, and high ethical standards.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor that reflects the Company’s core values.
  • Provide a high level of support to the next customer in line.
  • Report any food safety issue observed to manager/supervisor.
  • Report any security breaches, attempts at product tampering or contamination, or other suspicious behavior observed to manager/supervisor.
  • Complete and comply with the Master Sanitation Schedule (MSS), Daily Routine List (DRL), HACCP procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Compliance.
  • Maintain a food-safe sanitary environment at all times.
  • Complete records/quality checks with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Escalate any non-conforming product/equipment/material to the appropriate manager/supervisor immediately.
  • Follow Company’s quality assurance procedures and protocols at all times while on duty (eg. Labeling of containers, Inventory Control, PM programs).
  • Promote a positive proactive environment where input from team members is valued and encouraged.
  • Provide back-up support for other roles as necessary.
  • Available for overtime work on a scheduled or call-in basis, as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned by the manager/supervisor.


  • A high school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two to four (2-4) years’ related experience in a manufacturing environment; experience in a food manufacturing environment is preferred.
  • Previous extrusion, pasteurizing, or machine operating experience preferred.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role required.


  • Must be self-motivated, proactive and able to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English sufficient to read and understand materials such as Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other OSHA requirements.
  • Must be literate and able to calculate totals, percentages, and operate some computerized equipment.
  • Must demonstrate commitment, dependability, and respect for other employees with regular attendance, punctuality, and adherence to agreed-upon schedule of availability.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Requires the ability to act independently without direct supervision as well as be a part of a team to accomplish critical and timely objectives.

Physical Requirments

  • Continuously stand throughout the work shift.
  • Regularly lift and/or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds; occasionally lift objects weighing greater than 50 pounds.
  • Regularly climb ladders and occasionally work at heights of 100 feet.
  • Regularly required to walk and communicate with other employees.
  • Frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Occasionally perform physically intensive activities and/or exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull or carry objects.
  • Occasionally required to reach and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 
  • Specific vision abilities for this job include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception to safely carry out the specific essential job tasks.


  • Regularly exposed to work near moving parts/equipment.
  • Regularly exposed to major amounts of dust.
  • Regularly exposed to a moderate to severe noise levels.
  • Regularly exposed to outdoor/uncontrolled weather conditions.
  • Occasionally exposed to chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

Note:  Valid Driver’s License required for insurance purposes. Plant Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of this position at any time.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements, which may change from time to time based on business needs.  When appropriate, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


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