Coating Operator


Columbia, SC

Job Description:

The primary role of a Coating Operator is to demonstrate ownership and responsibility for a set of machines and/ or processes within their working area. This includes carrying out the routine operational tasks required to achieve area targets e.g., starting-up, shutting-down, thermal sanitation, monitoring, cleaning, and carrying out basic changeovers, minor repairs, routine checks and inspections, the use of basic ancillary equipment and computer programs and is responsible for training other Coating operators.
What are we looking for?
  • Individuals who are motivated to help others and work on your own initiative
  • Meets and exceeds expected levels of production and quality
  • Have the ability to work methodically and meet deadlines
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting as necessary
  • Performs a variety of tasks related to our operations as needed
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
What will be your key responsibilities?
  • Responsible for the total operation of the coating operations.
  • Operation includes operating all system, performing all quality checks, maintaining conformance reports and systems logs, troubleshooting all aspects of each system, and maintaining area in a clean, orderly manner.
  • Coordinate flexible workforce activities as needed for recipe specific requirements.
  • Participate in setting strategy for the processing system to ensure meeting and exceeding of the production schedule in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment to promote associate safety and product integrity.
  • Troubleshoot processing system to optimize performance and take corrective action to ensure product quality while minimizing unnecessary downtime.
  • Perform preventative and downtime maintenance of area equipment and helps make incremental improvements.
  • Improve operations through individual and group problem solving and provide leadership in solving problems on the floor and in meetings.
  • Promote high quality team environment through effective teamwork, interpersonal skills with a positive attitude and minimal supervision.
  • Train other area associates in operation of all areas and systems.
  • Associate is responsible for communicating and escalating any quality and food safety concerns to site management.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist Warehouse/Shipping functions as needed and available.
  • Participate in site safety program and actively look for ways to improve site and area safety.
  • Other similar duties as assigned.

Physical/Environmental Requirements

  • Must not be afraid of heights and capable of working at elevated heights
  • Must not be unusually sensitive to chemicals
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 (contact lenses not recommended).
  • Hearing and speaking ability both in person and on the phone.
  • Ability to recognize colors.
  • Must be able to stand on your feet on a concrete floor for long periods of time.
  • Wearing proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, uniform, etc.)
  • Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting to 55 lbs.
  • Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust, dirt and chemicals
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment with a positive attitude and minimal supervision
  • Forklift assignments require OSHA certification and getting on and off frequently

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent education
  • Basic knowledge of personal computers through demonstrated competency in software including MS Office and email
  • Must be willing and able to work rotating schedules.
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language
  • High Level of mechanical aptitude and knowledge, with good skills in troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Most recent Performance appraisal with a minimum of “Meets” expectations and not more than 1 year old.
  • No active disciplinary notices.
  • Acceptable attendance (less than 5 incidents and no discipline above an Initial Warning)

Desired Education

High school diploma and 2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

What can you expect from Mars?
  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.