East Room Line Foreperson

B&G Foods

Ankeny, IA

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Job Title: East Room Line Foreperson

Job Summary:

Assumes responsibility for coordinating work center operation and changeovers. Provides technical and directive leadership to packaging personnel assigned to their work center. Assists in developing and maintaining a strong training base throughout the packaging department. As a member and leader of the packaging line team this position is responsible for assuring and maintaining optimum safety, sanitation, quality and packaging standards through proper and consistent use of all available resources.

Shift Hours: Monday - Thursday 3:15pm to 1:45am

Overtime as required on Friday and Saturday

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Assigns, monitors, coordinates, and directs the work of personnel assigned to their work center with guidance from operations management, that results in maximum safety, sanitation, product quality, and productivity.
  • Responsible for assigned work center performance; monitors the set-up, operation, and adjustment of work center machines and equipment; monitors and maintains product quality on assigned line and makes suggestions to supervisor on ways to resolve production problems or to maximize and improve production methods.
  • Investigates, troubleshoots, and corrects any issues resulting in production downtime.
  • Provides direction and leadership at the filler to ensure efficient and effective changeovers. This includes looking up product ingredients and determining the most efficient clean out process.
  • Effectively communicates information between shifts, within the packaging department and other assigned areas. Documents findings and communicates all equipment and production issues that require maintenance or improvement to the supervisor.
  • Performs machine maintenance that includes, but is not limited to, machine changeover, re-time handling parts, clean labeler and sealer, adjust conveyor rails, adjust and change belts and brakes on machines, etc.
  • Assists maintenance mechanic with machine repair or adjustments.
  • Performs duties of Line Operator to ensure production goals are met. (See Line Operator job description for details).
  • Responsible for accurate and timely completion of all work center documentation and record keeping functions.
  • Provides training to increase the level of work skills of packaging employees assigned to their work center(s) using all available resources. This includes but is not limited to; training of new employees, training of existing employees, changeover training, ergonomics, HAACP and sanitation/GMP training. Sign off on work center employee training records.
  • Instructs line personnel on how to minimize/decrease waste and downtime between and during production runs; ensures team members are cleaning and or receive training during unscheduled downtime.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the process text.
  • Provides input that contributes to the development of new or existing packaging processes and procedures.
  • Conducts required Operational Checks (daily and weekly) of production equipment in assigned work center and document findings.
  • Directs team members in assigned work center(s) on bottle size changes. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting maintenance personnel, as directed by operations management.
  • Demonstrates safe work practices (leads by example) and directs team members, as needed, to prevent on the job injuries by following all Company and OSHA safety regulations.
  • Sets up production line prior to start of shift.
  • Identifies and performs lock-out tag-out functions on the line.
  • Assists the Working Foreman and Supervisor in organizing new or unusual line activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned – not an essential function.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have the ability to motivate, develop, and direct people as they work.
  • Mechanical aptitude, which includes an understanding of machine operations and interactions and use of various tools and equipment, used to complete job responsibilities.
  • Ability to assign, coordinate and monitor the work tasks of others.
  • Knowledge of inputs, outputs, raw materials, waste, quality control, costs, and techniques for maximizing the manufacture of product.
  • Must have good listening skills and possess the ability to verbally communicate so as to effectively convey information and ideas.
  • Must have the ability to read and comprehend work related reading material.
  • Knowledgeable of machine set up and ability to control the operation of machines and equipment and observe gauges, dials, or other indicators to assure the machine is working properly.
  • Skill in troubleshooting and problem solving using logic and analysis to identify the problem, assess strengths and weaknesses of different solutions and identify lessons learned or redirect efforts.
  • Possess team leadership skills to motivate and deal effectively with persons representing widely diverse backgrounds, interests, and points of view.
  • Ability to use math operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) to complete work tasks.
  • Must possess organizational and time management skills when completing and assigning work tasks.


  • Demonstrates high quality standards of workmanship and efficient line operation on a regular basis by observing and following Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Provide leadership and training to line operators and coordination efforts within assigned work center. Observes and monitors the work of assigned line operators and provides direction were needed.
  • Maintain effective communications with and is point of contact for line personnel with Working Foreman and supervisory staff.
  • Models responsible behavior by maintaining good attendance, punctuality, initiative, and completing work tasks efficiently and safely.
  • Employees are expected to work at other work centers where job qualifications allow.
  • Actively participates in identifying and resolving production problems and improving work processes.


  • Posses a high school diploma or GED
  • Must meet established Work Keys testing parameters prior to being awarded the bid
  • If candidate is not already qualified as a Line Operator, they must pass an in-house Line Operator written exam within 30 days of starting the bid.
  • Candidate must be able to qualify as a Room Foreperson in 90 days of starting the bid. Qualification is based on work center performance during first 90 days on the job.
  • Candidate must be able to complete specific training on selected equipment that is pertinent to the assigned production area(s) when additional training needs are identified.

Equipment/Tools/Machinery used include, but is not limited to:

Capper Sealer Filler
Labeler Case Packer Bottle Unscrambler
Zebra Fittment Applicator Colbra
Metal Detectors R-Pak Bottle Cleaner
Banders Check Weigher Case Sealers
Tray Formers Video Jet Pallet Jacks
Bar Code Scanner Palletizers Bottle De-palletizers
Robots Pallet Wrappers Air Capers
Wrenches Pliers Rubber Hammer
Screw Drivers Calculator Scale
Hand Knives.
Protective Clothing and Devices:
Many of the job duties of this position require you to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), if so, when and how to use this equipment will be explained to you at the time of hire.
To determine ability to perform job functions where the use of a respirator is required, employees will be given a physical examination prior to performing this type of work.


Responsible for reporting any and all food safety and quality problems to personnel with authority to initiate action.

Responsible for following cGMP’s

Responsible for maintaining cleanliness and good housekeeping

Ensure all food safety and quality records are completed accurately and timely

Follow all appropriate equipment cleaning procedures

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

This position is in a manufacturing plant environment, works around moving mechanical parts, is exposed to airborne particles, and works around motorized vehicles.

Must be able to lift up to 40lbs

Physical Requirements:

Hearing, speaking: Continuously. Must communicate with others and discriminate sounds with machines

Vision: Continuously

Balancing: Occasionally to Frequently depending on the work environment.

Standing: Frequently to Continuously

Walking: Frequently to Continuously

Forward bend in standing: Occasionally to Frequently

Rotation in standing: Occasionally to Frequently

Seated rotation: Occasionally

Elevated work: Rarely up to 1-2 mins

Floor to waist lift: Frequently up to 20 lbs, Occasionally up to 40 lbs, Rarely up to 50 lbs

Waist to crown lift: Rarely up to 25 lbs

Horizontal lift: Occasionally to Frequently up to 40 lbs, Rarely 50 lbs

Front carry: Occasionally 40 lbs up to 15 feet

One hand carry: Occasionally 30 lbs up to 15 feet

Push: Occasionally up to 80 lbs

Pull: Occasionally up to 80 lbs

Left hand grip: Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Right hand grip: Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Pinch Grip: Occasionally to Frequently

Right and Left hand coordination: continuous with average eye/hand coordination

Stair Climbing: Occasionally to frequently: Up to 100 stairs/day

Climbing: Occasionally

Squatting: Occasionally

Kneeling: Rarely

Stooping: Occasionally

Reaching: Frequently

Crawling: Rarely

Crouching: Occasionally

Repetitive Motions: Shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers: Frequently to Continuously: Including twisting wrist, ulnar deviation, bag cutting, twisting caps, pinching envelopes.

Moderate Work: Force from 20-30 lbs occasionally to frequently and up to 40-50 lbs rarely to occasionally.

Maximum Physical Demands:


Maximum Demand:

Floor to waist Lift

Occasionally up to 40 lbs, rarely up to 50 lbs

Waist to Crown Lift

Rarely up to 25 lbs

Front carry

Occasionally 50 lbs up to 15 feet

One hand carry

Occasionally 30 lbs up to 15 feet

Right hand grip

Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Left hand grip

Occasionally to Frequently up to 50 lbs

Pushing and Pulling

Occasionally up to 80 lbs

Stair Climbing

Occasionally to frequently: Up to 100 stairs/day

Standing tolerance

Frequently to Continuously


Frequently to Continuously

Right & left hand coordination

Continuously with average eye/hand coordination





Pinch Grip

Occasionally to Frequently

Forward bend in standing

Occasionally to Frequently

Rotation in Standing

Occasionally to Frequently

Seated Rotation


Repetitive Motions

Frequently to Continuously with wrists, hands, fingers: Including twisting wrist, ulnar deviation, box cutting, twisting caps, pinching envelopes.







Horizontal Lift

Occasionally to Frequently up to 40 lbs, Rarely 50 lbs

Elevated Work

Rarely up to 1-2 mins

Functional Job Analysis

Rarely 1-5% of the day

Occasionally 6-33% of the day

Frequently 34-66% of the day

Continuously 67-100% of the day

Equal Employment Opportunity:
B&G Foods is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please see www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.