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Production Operator

About Kerry

Are you looking to build a career in manufacturing with a team where you are valued? Where learning  is part of the job. A place where your ideas matter.  You work in an inclusive team environment, who values work-life balance. A place who gives back to the local communities with various engagement programs and provides you a paid volunteer day.  We are manufacturing site filled with an energetic culture, we might be the team for you!

 A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where You’ll Work

Located right near the O'Hare airport, our Elk Grove Village, IL location is the epicenter for all things sprinkle! Here our hardworking team creates many different styles, shapes, and colors of sprinkles and cake crunch for Kerry customers and brands. With a growing portfolio, comes the need to grow our team! If you like working with a close-knit group that makes a big impact, we may be the place for you!

What You'll Do:

As a Kerry Production Operator, you’ll have the opportunity to become a well-rounded production operator, learning multiple job positions, and seeing a product’s transformation from individual ingredients to finished product by performing the following activities:

  • Mixing: Reading and following manufacturing order instructions listing which ingredients you’ll gather, measure, weigh, and document the amount needed. Loading required ingredients (that may weigh up to 50lbs.) into a mixer, blending the ingredients based on time specifications, and unloading mixer to transfer mixed batch to next process.
  • Extrusion Process: Process mixing batches through extrusion equipment to make finish product.  Uses product controls to conduct product sensory to ensure finish product matches customer specifications throughout the extrusion process.
  • Polishing: Responsible for managing and transferring finished product from our extrusion and drying processes. Put’s the “finishing touch” on finished product using our panning process which require loading finished product from drums, carts, or trays into our polishing pans and adding liquid ingredients by hand or automation.
  • Finishing: Responsible for managing the transfer of finished product from our extrusion processes using drums, carts, or trays to the next process.

What You'll Need:

One or more year of recent manufacturing experience within a production environment.  We seek operators with previous mixing, extrusion, batching, polishing and finishing experience.   We will train if you don’t have all the skills.  Use a variety of hand-held tools  such as RF scanner, hand trucks and sifting screeners. Ability to occasionally lift or move up to 56 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation is required. Good English and Math skills are essential. Ability to read, write and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating instructions, procedure manuals, quality documents and other related shipping documents.  Must be willing and able to work overtime and occasional Saturdays.


What's In It For You:

  • $2,000 Sign-On  Bonus
  • 3 weeks accrued Paid Time off (PTO);  One (1) PTO from Day one
  • Starting Wages $17-$19/HR PLUS  An additional $1.00 for 2nd shift & $1.50 for 3rd shift
  • A Variety of Excellent Benefits at no cost
  • An Additional increase after meeting the 90 days performance standards
  • Manufacturing Career Path and growth opportunities with 100% Tuition reimbursement
  • Our Recognition Awards offers individual and Team contribution
  • One (1) day Paid time off to participate in a community event or charity that is important to you


We have openings on the 2nd & 3rd  shift for Production Operator(s). Starting wages from $17.00 up to $19.00 an hour plus an additional shift differential, increasing hourly rate to $18.00 -$20.50 an hour.   After 40 hours, Overtime, pay rate increases to $27.00 - $30.75 per hour.  We are offering $2,000 sign-on bonus with 3 weeks of accrued Paid Time Off (PTO).  Earn 1 day PTO from day one.


Our Elk Grove Village, IL location is part of our Sweets and Cereal division and creates some of your favorite sprinkles, toppings, and fillings used for ice cream and other bakery goods! This site is a short commute within the greater Chicago area.


Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.


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