Operator (Day & Night Shifts)


Chicago, US, 60654

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

The Operator I operates production machinery that shapes and deposits products according to published schedules. Ensure the quality of the products by enforcing SQF (food safety), GMP (general manufacturing practices), and Quality policy, safety, and sanitation regulations.


Key responsibilities include: 

  • Comply with all company and department specific quality, safety, FSSC, and GMP policies and procedures.
  • Perform set up, operate, and maintain various machinery and equipment to ensure standards are met or exceeded.
  • Control equipment operations to regulate size, speed, temperature, and consistency of products.
  • Start and observe machines for color and verify weight of products to ensure conformity to standards.
  • Knowledge of various productions to be manufactured to include temperatures and viscosity.
  • Follow scheduling requirements on a daily basis.
  • Dismantle equipment, including extruders and conveyors for cleaning.
  • Responsible for requesting and transferring raw materials from storage silo to daily bin.
  • Enter recipe data according to production schedule.
  • Record raw material incoming number on production order sheet.
  • Adjust pre-refiner/refiner and conch temperatures according to recipe and customer specifications.
  • Add fat, flavors and emulsifiers to conch or horizontal tanks according to recipes.
  • Pump product from conches to finished/vertical tanks according to production schedule.
  • Responsible for basic and preventative maintenance, report improvements needed to supervisor.
  • Verify viscosity of finished product and adjust as needed.
  • Sample finished product.
  • Fill drums and pails with finished product.
  • Cross train to perform all functions of Line Worker and Mixer Attendant. Complete shadowing for all of these roles as required.
  • Responsible for cleanliness of all areas in the department as well of following all GMP’s and Safety Regulations.
  • Perform other assignments as directed.


About you:

  • High School Graduate or General Education Degree (GED) required
  • Three to six months related experience and/or specific On the Job Training (OJT) under supervision
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PLC control panels, LX and Maintenance Work preferred
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety, SQF, and GMP rules, operating, and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to use scales and have general math skills in percentages, fractions, and decimals
  • Teamwork and Cooperation –genuine intention to work cooperatively with others as part of a team
  • Initiative – doing more than required or expected in the job
  • Customer Service Orientation – help or serve others, to meet their needs; focus efforts on discovering and meeting customer needs
  • Concern for Order, Quality and Accuracy – monitors and checks quality of own work
  • Ability to follow both written and oral instructions.
  • Math, problem solving and decision making skills required
  • Follow supervisor directions
  • Must be open and flexible to perform other tasks as assigned/needed


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products. 

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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