Packaging Machine Setup Operator- Bluffton Plant

Posted Date:  Nov 13, 2023
Requisition Number:  119597


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
  • $500 sign-on bonus for eligible candidates


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



  • Day & Night shifts available
  • 12 hours shifts (7am -7pm or 7pm-7am) 
  • 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


Job Summary

As a Packaging Machine Operator (PMO), you'll be responsible for setting up, overseeing and maintaining the packaging machines to ensure proper quality and packaging of the finished product. This includes housekeeping, assisting other PMO’s and Supervisors to run the department efficiently and effectively, and completing sanitation duties. Assist in troubleshooting, training, and basic maintenance tasks.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure all bags are running correct weights
  • Ensure all bags are in registration, both in cutoff and side to side registration
  • Ensure all bags are code-dated properly with both price and date legible and in proper position on face of bag
  • Ensure bags are sealed properly and that bag appearance is acceptable
  • Add/remove air from bags and ensure proper air fill
  • Change knife blades
  • Change bag speed in packaging machines and weighers and ensure running rates based on lead label
  • Keep machines clean and area under and around the machine clean and help sweep packing area
  • Weigh defected film, record defect and place film in defective area provided
  • Keep infeeds, dispersion table, scales, etc, free from buildup
  • Perform hourly metal detector checks as required. Report any metal detector findings, false activations, or other concerns to management immediately and help with investigation
  • Ensure all paperwork is completed (film verifications, sanitation and 5S paperwork, etc.)
  • Complete all required trainings, including Alchemy
  • Communicate with all team members, including bakers, leads, packers, PMO’s, QC, PC, maintenance, and supervisors
  • All other duties as assigned by Supervisor


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend English 
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, decimals, and metric to SAE conversions – mm to inches, grams to ounces
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or scheduled form
  • Have a clear understanding of how to safely operate packaging machinery


Physical Demands

  • Frequently required to stand and walk. 
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive lost of all responsibilities, duties, qualifications or working conditions.