General information

All posting locations: New Ulm, Minnesota, United States of America

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Date Published: 17-Nov-2023

Ref #: R-76840

Description & Requirements

Equipment Cleaner

New Ulm Plant

Benefits & Compensation Overview:

  • Full Benefit Package: Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Company Matched 401K (6%)
  • On site Company Store
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).
  • Equipment Cleaner positions begin at $24.09.
  • Annual Bonus opportunity (FOIP) up to 3.5% of annual earnings

Work Schedule:

Weekly Rotating Shifts for Production Employees, Monday through Friday.  Shift start time depends on the department, but weekly rotations begin on 3rd, 2nd, and then 1st shift. 

The core shift of this position is Friday from 14:00 – 22:00. Any potential candidates would need to be available for this shift.

Plant & Community Overview:

Plant Overview:

  • The Kraft Heinz Plant in New Ulm has been a workplace of choice in the community since its opening in 1955.  Current products include Velveeta, Velveeta Mini-Block, Kraft Deli-Deluxe, and Foodservice for popular restaurant chains.
  • 400 Hourly Employees.
  • 23 Salaried Employees.
  • Average tenured employee is 12 years of service.
  • Over 125 employees have more than 20 years of service.
  • There is over 5,000 years of experience in the New Ulm Plant!

Community Overview:

Welcome to our New Ulm Community!

Job Overview:

At our New Ulm location, we make processed cheese.  The work here is fast paced and we reward hard work and strong performance.  The greater your performance, the more opportunities you will have to work your way up in the company.  Equipment Cleaners are responsible for the safe and efficient dismantling, cleaning, and sanitizing of all equipment in a given area. This person will work closely with and follow direction of the Sanitation Line Operator in the department as well as working in a team environment to ensure proper cleaning and sanitizing of each production line. Work is moderately varied and requires an awareness of quality and safety. Must know and follow all GMP’s and sanitation practices. Employee will be responsible for learning how to dismantle, clean, sanitize, lubricate, and reassemble all equipment.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Responsible for the safe and proper operation of all equipment in designated area which may include lifts for cleaning overheads or operating forklifts.
  • Work also includes being on ladders and using proper fall protection and safety checks.
  • Performing Good Sanitation Practices (GSP’s) when handling equipment.
  • Practice Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s).
  • Perform all required observations and training timely and as scheduled.
  • Perform tasks with limited supervision.
  • Work requires simple math skills such as addition and subtraction.
  • Upgrade to higher skilled jobs within the production department.
  • Document HACCP details.
  • Provide accurate and consistent feedback to department supervisor.
  • Consistently communicate with department co-workers on current tasks.
  • Perform sanitation duties for production equipment as needed and period sanitation work as assigned.
  • Proper knowledge, handling, and usage of cleaning chemicals.
  • Develop strong lines of communication with other departments to ensure plant-wide efficiency.
  • Other duties may be required and assigned as needed.
  • Responsible for knowing and following all GMP’s.
  • Must be able to lift moderate weight.
  • Follow all Safety Rules, use LO/TO when necessary, wear all appropriate PPE.


  • High School Diploma/GED Preferred.
  • Previous Manufacturing Experience Preferred.
  • Seeking individuals who work well with teams, are goal oriented, and enjoy satisfaction in performing a job well done.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds frequently with or without reasonable accommodations.

About Us

Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We’re on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We’re proud of where we’ve been – and even more thrilled about where we’re headed – as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

Why Us

We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures – as we work together to lead the future of food.

Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we’re growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact