Aseptic Mixer I – Day Shift


Midlothian, TX

SunOpta Overview:

SunOpta Inc. is a leader in the plant-based foods and beverages, fruit-based foods and beverages, and organic ingredient sourcing industries.SunOpta is focused on sustainability and specializes in the sourcing, processing, and packaging of organic, conventional, non-GMO food products.

SunOpta is looking for talented individuals that demonstrate our most valued behaviors: Passion, Dedication, Speed, Entrepreneurship, Customer-Centricity, and Problem-Solver, to help create a brighter, healthier, and sustainable future of food!

Job Summary:

The Aseptic Mixer I will be required to:

  • Mix a variety of Non-Dairy based liquid products through written batch records via Oracle and verbal instructions.
  • Ensure the quality and efficiency standards are being met through reduced scrap loss and yield improvements.
  • Follow written and verbal procedures to ensure quality and efficiency standards are being met.
  • Assume responsibility for the filling area efficiencies, safety, quality following all GMP and PPE requirements for the safety of others and oneself.
  • Effectively communicates verbal and written information relevant to the position at the site.
  • Fill in for vacations and or cover if other employees are absent.

Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Coordinates, Sets-up, CIPs, Swab tests, monitors, and runs their mixing area following batch records for a variety of Non-Dairy based products.
  • Maximizes the quality of products produced and the efficiency of the department.
  • Begins to assist with routine maintenance on all the mixing equipment; this includes but not limited to: valves, replacing "o" rings, homogenizer packings and oil, and gaskets, plus document correctly when filling out maintenance work orders.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve basic to moderate operating difficulties involving area equipment.
  • Be able to start-up and shut down all the equipment as it relates to the mixing area.
  • Understanding of the flow process for all mix areas.
  • Identify all critical control points with the understanding of their function as it relates to the mixing area.
  • Accurately prepares and completes all area paperwork with legible handwriting as required by the FDA.
  • Work with Management team to monitor the operational efficiencies, yields, scrap loss and other key indicators to actively seek ways to improve plant productivity.
  • Understand terminology of the mixing equipment.
  • Communicate with warehouse, process operator and supervisor on any delays or problems in the mix area that would hinder the flow of product.
  • Monitor the mixing operation ensuring ingredients are correct through the staging and mixing process of the product.
  • Receiving of tankers.
  • Perform a variety of quality checks to assure standards are met.
  • Direct the transfer of batched product to the storage vessels.
  • Take samples for the quality department.
  • Relieve other production team members for breaks and absences as required.
  • Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when required.
  • All other duties, as assigned.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Adheres to all plant safety rules
  • Reports all near misses and accidents to the production supervisor and or HR representative
  • Serves an active role the plant safety programs, by participating in monthly safety inspections and reporting any potential safety hazards to the safety committee or Management


  • Adheres to all Quality Assurance System guidelines
  • Follows SOP’s and SSOP’s (standard operating procedures and sanitation standard operating procedures) when making processing adjustments, to ensure the manufacturing of high-quality liquid-based products.
  • Responsible for compliance with GMP’s, HACCP and SQF programs
  • Identifies all critical control points (CCP) understanding their functions it relates to the process.
  • Accurately prepares and maintains processing area documentation. Writing legibly and completely filling out all documents. Operators name must be signed on each document used.


  • When Maintenance is occurring in your work area, it is the expectation to assist the Maintenance Technicians in any capacity needed to expedite the repair process.
  • When equipment is in a state of disrepair these items must be reported ASAP to avoid break downs.


  • Maintain a clean and organized work area.
  • Assists all areas of the plant with general housekeeping.
  • Cooperates with other shifts and the management team in housekeeping endeavors


  • As a member of the Production team, ensures effective shift communication and teamwork with other operators occurs each scheduled shift.
  • Maintains effective communication with members of the support group.
  • When utilizing the Handheld radios employees are expected to be professional and respectful when communicating.

Teamwork and Training:

  • Promotes and contributes to the development of a strong team.
  • Works well among co-workers as a team.
  • Assist in coaching and training employees as requested by the management team.

Personal Development:

  • Continuously improve your knowledge of the Aseptic Filling process.
  • Become familiar with SunOpta 360.
  • Completes and adheres to the Annual Alchemy Schedule.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic computer and math skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team-based environment.
  • Ability to set priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to stand (12) hours for long periods of time and lift a minimum 30-50 pounds frequently, push/pull pallet jacks and lifts with heavy loads.
  • Must be able to go up and down stairways in a timely manner repeatedly throughout the shift.
  • Must be able to maintain a good attendance record.
  • Must have accurate and detailed record keeping and legible handwriting.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot and resolve moderate to complex issues.
  • Understands procedures for all allergens and how to prevent cross contamination.
  • Must adhere to all GMP's and Safety Procedures established by Management.
  • Ability to access a situation and make quick and accurate decisions that will aid in production.
  • Must have good personal hygiene.
  • Mechanical and troubleshooting skills- learn to perform and be involved with routine maintenance.
  • Must be able to evaluate a situation and make a good decision.
  • Must be able to inventory raw ingredients.

Additional Considerations:

  • Location: This position will be at the SunOpta Plant in Midlothian, TX.
  • Shift: This position will be on a Day Shift 2-2-3 pattern; 6 am to 6:30 pm, some flexibility may be needed.
  • Work Environment: This role will be in a plant / manufacturing environment.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.