Kettle Cuisine

Production Associate - Kitchen

  • Location:   Savage, MD
  • Position Type:   Hourly Full Time

Job Summary

This position exists in various departments (Prep, Kitchen, Filling, Packaging) to produce finished product.   An individual in this position will be expected to perform additional job-related responsibilities and duties throughout the facility as assigned and or as necessary.  


Role and Responsibilities


·        Operate equipment such as dicers, sous vide packaging sealers, ovens, and tumblers 

·        Process produce and/or protein   

·        Monitor temperatures of product 

·        Read and execute recipe procedures 

·        Measure and weigh ingredients 



·        Operate equipment such as kettles, baggers, sous vide packaging sealers, and steam ovens 

·        Monitor temperatures of product 

·        Read and execute recipe procedures 

·        Prepare and cook sauces, soups, proteins, grains, etc. 

·        Measure and weigh ingredients 


Assembly/Product Packaging:

·        Expedite product between areas for assembly 

·        Assemble meal components into trays  

·        Pull finished product off the line and place onto racks for transport to Packaging Are 

·        Ensure finished product conforms to specifications 

·        Removed damaged products as needed 

·        Responsible for packaging and product changeovers 

·        Maintain clean work area through good housekeeping practices 

·        Keep daily records of product, temperatures, weights, and down time 


All Areas:

·        Accountable to ensuring compliance with all food safety, quality standards and good manufacturing practices including allergen handling.   

·        Required to maintain documentation that demonstrates regulatory compliance for all policies pertaining to HACCP, USDA and FDA mandates.   

·        Performs/responsible to adhere to all required quality/ food safety checks including data sheets and other controlled documents. Demonstrates competency to clean, assemble, operate and troubleshoot machinery respective to each functional area within ingredient preparation.  

·        Follows all established safety protocols (LOTO, Work at Height, Wet, Cold Environment and wears required PPE, for example: (Safety glasses, steal toe boots, gloves, aprons, sleeves, ear plugs, hard hat, etc). 

·        Perform tasks to support other departments when directed 

·        Performs all other duties as assigned 


Qualifications and Experience

·        High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

·        Previous work experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in the food industry

·        Must be available to work overtime and weekends

·        Ability to learn system logic and operate HMI/control panels and fine tune equipment for minor and major adjustments

·        Self-directed, able to keep oneself busy and flow to the work

·        Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively

·        High ethical standards, strong values, integrity. Drive to deliver results, pride in personal and team performance, decision quality, and action oriented are fundamental imperatives

·        Ability to communicate effectively with team members and internal/external customers

·        Demonstration of minimum proficiency with the English language in order to ensure effective new hire training and on-going communications about safety and quality issues


Technical Experience:

Required attributes

·        Self-starter able to conceptualize and drive initiatives forward

·        Positive attitude and motivated by contributing to the overall success of the team

·        Able to develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders

·        Creative problem-solving skills

·        Strong attention to detail, well organized and able to juggle many projects at once

·        Comfortable moving at a fast pace and in ambiguous environments

·        Willing to address difficult situations head on with patience and respect



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a Corporate Trainer encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Physical Demands/Efforts

·        Extensive standing and walking

·        Climb and balance

·        Stooping/kneeling/crouching

·        Bending/twisting

·        Repetitive motion (hands/wrists)

·        Work requires occasional physical exertion, including some lifting of objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

Mental & Visual Demands

·        Work performed by this position requires moderate concentration to effectively execute moderately complex tasks.

·        Work occasionally requires some degree of visual effort for periods of time.

Work Environment and Hazards

·        Employee works in a manufacturing setting with some exposure to heat & cold (varying from 0-100 degrees), dust, or other factors of minor inconvenience.[A1] 

·        The position has some exposure to hazards that might cause minor injury.

·        May need to work weekends or overtime as required.



Kettle Cuisine complies with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws.  This means we will not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability in any phase of the employment relationship including application for employment, hiring, promotions and/or advancement opportunities, termination, compensation, training and any other conditions or privileges of employment.



Kettle Cuisine takes the utmost pride in its people, products and reputation. Each employee is expected to understand and live our Core Values every day.

Ø  Honor Food – We create and produce the best tasting, safest, all-natural recipes that strive for perfection in every batch, from bench to kettle

Ø  Honor Each Other – We seek to develop trusting, respectful and mutually rewarding relationships with all our team members and business partners

Ø  Honor Development – We recognize and nurture each other’s talents, strengths and interests in order to further strengthen and grow our team 

Ø  Honor Innovation – We continually strive for creative and sustainable ways to achieve excellence


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