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Baker - Bluffton Plant

Posted Date:  Sep 16, 2023
Requisition Number:  119595

Location: Bluffton, IN

We are mixing up something new in Bluffton, IN. This is an exciting time to join our team. Pretzels, Inc is now a part of Hershey Salty Snacks. We have over 40 years of experience in making pretzels and delivering high quality snacks to consumers.



  • Starting at $18.38/hr, overnight shift has $.85/hr shift differential
  • Weekly pay


Total Rewards:

  • Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, & Vision) starting day 30
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • $500 attendance bonus every quarter and an earned paid day off.
  • $1000 referral bonus
  • Paid Time off



  • Night & Night shifts available
  • 12 hours shifts (7pm-7am or 7am-7pm) 
  • Working 3-4 days/week (One week: Sun, Wed, Thurs Next week: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat). This is a 2-2-3 schedule (2 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off rotation)


Candidate Process:

Please note- communication will be through phone, email, and text. Ensure you have access to a valid email address

  • Qualified applicants will receive a phone call to schedule an onsite interview
  • Post Offer background check, drug screen, and physical assessment required



Bakers are the start of the pretzel making process. You’ll be responsible for running a large mixer and extruder with computer programing and hand measuring. Previous machine operating experience is a must. Large bakery experience is a plus.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Follow all SOPs to keep consistent product quality
  • Recognize the different dough textures
  • Keep hoppers filled with proper amount of dough
  • Properly measure the minor ingredients by performing catch samples
  • Check dough temperature
  • Check the flour sifter each shift
  • Check all drives, cookers, salters, ovens, dryers, discharge, and proofing conveyors to ensure they are properly operating and set to correct settings
  • Document cuts per minute as required
  • Check and record caustic every 30 minutes record on BakerQC
  • Check wet weights/length every 30 minutes record on BakerQC
  • Make inventory moves in Epicor
  • Record all ingredient lot numbers
  • Keep salter full with the correct level.
  • Notify leads, QA, and packers of any bad product and how long it will last
  • Communicate with immediate supervisor if any problems arise
  • All other duties assigned by supervisor and management


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of hire.
  • High School diploma or GED
  • One month related experience or training
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, and decimals



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a manufacturing/food manufacturing environment including the following: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Safe Quality Foods (SQF), Autonomous/Preventative Maintenance, Continuous Improvement, and Warehouse Management Systems such as SAP/LPR.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  The working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be in good physical condition to perform the tasks assigned.
  • Frequently required to stand and walk.
  • Ability to occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Work environment conditions may require/recommend the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to: eye safety glasses, side shields, hearing protection and hair/beard nets.

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