General information

All posting locations: Springfield, Missouri, United States of America

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Date Published: 16-Mar-2023

Ref #: R-67848

Description & Requirements

The Kraft Heinz Company is currently seeking a Production Associate to work at our facility in Springfield- MO.  Ideal candidates must be motivated to work in a team-orientated- fast-paced environment.  This position requires individuals to perform duties in a food manufacturing environment following strict quality and safety standards.   

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Basic math- reading- and communication
  • Ability to adjust to temperature changes (lower 40s to upper 90s); can be in hot/humid               or cool environment depending on assigned job tasks
  • Prior manufacturing experience is preferred 

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 including:

  • 4 Medical Plan options
  • 3 Dental Plan options
  • 1 Vision Plan options
  • 401k with matching contributions
  • Additional perks:  Company Paid Life Insurance Policy- Paid Parental Leave- Short-Term    & Long-Term Disability plans- Wellbeing Program- Employee Assistance Program- Pet Insurance- plus other additional benefits.
  • Vacation starting from date of hire
  • $18.00 - $21.70 per hour- plus shift differential for second and third shifts 
  • FOIP (Field Operations Incentive Plan) – Bonus Plan

Work Schedule: 

We are a 24/7 facility offering both 8-hour and 10-hour shifts as well as 12-hour rotating shifts.  Work schedule is dependent on position. 

Plant & Community Overview: 

             Plant Overview: 

  • Over 1-000 employees make up the team at the Springfield facility.
  • A variety of cheese products (Sliced/Chunk/Shred)- and pasta Mac & Cheese meals are    produced at this location.   


Community Overview: 

Welcome to the birthplace of Route 66!  Springfield- MO combines a small-town vibe with the energy of a college town and amenities of a big city. With an attractive cost of living and strong local economy- Springfield is well-positioned to continue its reliable growth.  Residents enjoy four distinct seasons and a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities including cycling- fishing- and hiking.  The city is also host to the Springfield Cardinals- the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Springfield is also only 40 miles north of the fun tourist city of Branson- MO!  No matter what your interests are- Springfield has everything: fantastic food- shopping- and adventure – this community offers it all!

Job Overview: 

Are you ready to join a team with a global portfolio of more than 200 brands?  With Kraft Heinz- you can create your career and make a difference!  If you’re passionate like us and ready to build on a storied legacy- we welcome you to be a part of our team.

Responsibilities & Duties: 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for maintaining quality standards by checking quality of seals- code dates-

labels- packaging of product- weights- odor- color- temperature of product- etc.

  • Responsible for properly inserting components in cartons- taking weights- and properly recording data.
  • Responsible for insuring proper supplies are used on the line.
  • Stacking at end of line on skid; requires constant reaching- bending and twisting.
  • Operate packing or filling equipment.                              
  • Recordkeeping as required on manual- computer and other systems.
  • Ensures that housekeeping and Kraft quality standards are maintained in the work area                                                                                               
  • General housekeeping duties include sweeping- bending- pickup up trash- lifting trash bags filled with trash- picking up cheese bags.
  • Operates material handling equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Performs variety of sanitation and maintenance-type functions.
  • Must check product and fill out quality documentation.
  • Peel out and salvage rejected product.
  • Follow GMP’s outlined in handbook volume #3.0102.
  • Must be able to work with others on the line – “Team Work”.  
  • Will work on either production or sanitation jobs.
  • Will work on 1st floor- 2nd floor- 3rd floor- grinding room- coolers- production areas- and SCOF areas.
  • Performs sanitation duties when required.
  • Must be willing to be an active participant in Safety and Productivity Improvement Teams.
  • Performs other duties as directed by Line Leader and Shift Leader.
  •   Must maintain equipment by utilizing the IL6S system and settings.
  •   Performs variety of maintenance-type tasks such as change-overs- set-ups- pit stops- minor maintenance and adjustments- lubrication- etc.
  •   This position will be expected to complete training on upgrade and relief positions within the Process Cheese department.
  • Accountable for the Safety- Health and Environmental systems and operational standards to ensure compliance as it is outlined in our policies/procedures and processes.
  • Accountable for the QRMP (Quality Risk Management Process) system and operational standards as outlined in the Springfield QRMP accountability document.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Performs bending- squatting- kneeling- sorting- and reaching to both ground level and overhead
  • Lifts- carries- pushes- lifts and grips objects; climbs stairs
  • Routinely pulls and moves up to 50 pounds
  • Must possess manual dexterity necessary to operate equipment and disassemble and reassemble equipment.
  • Must be able to stand while inserting components.
  • Must be able to do sustained activity jobs.

About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.

As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for protected individuals, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.