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Production Operator - Robinson

Posted Date:  Jul 9, 2024
Requisition Number:  122227

Location: Robinson, IL (US)

Position Type: Hourly


Anticipated Start Date for New Hiring Classes: July 15th or July 29th or August 12th or August 26th


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  • Starting Payrate: $25.12/hr
  • Eligible for holiday pay on first day
  • Shift Differentials & Overtime Potential!
  • Eligibility to bid for higher graded positions after successful completion of probation period
  • Manufacturing Incentive Plan Eligible


Total Rewards

  • Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, & Vision)—Starting DAY 1!
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan – with generous company match
  • Hershey Stock Purchase Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability
  • Career Advancement Opportunities starting Day 1!



  • We ask that you are flexible to work any shift, weekends, overtime and holidays
  • Schedule assignment upon hire is determined by plant needs. New hires are eligible to bid to a different shift within their assigned department, beginning day 1 (awarded based on seniority within that department).
  • Continuous Operating Schedule (COS) a 12-hour shift from 6:00pm-6:00am with a work-week schedule of 4 on/4 off with additional day(s) as needed.
  • Regular schedule is 8-hour shifts; 1st & 2nd shift is Monday through Friday and 3rd shift is Sunday-Thursday. Mandatory overtime could be weekly (scheduled for 12 hours/day, Sunday through Saturday) or daily (additional 4 hours on your 8-hour shift) or weekends (8 to 12-hour shifts). 


Candidate Process:

  • Candidates are required to take and pass a pre-hire assessment to schedule an interview
  • Qualified applicants will receive an email to schedule for an interview (ensure you have access to a valid email).
  • Post-Offer Drug Screen and Background Check required*


*Valid ID required


Job Description:

Come Make More Moments of Goodness with us as a Production Operator!


The Hershey Company Robinson plant is a non-union plant producing products such as PayDay, Heath, Skor, Milk Duds, Whoppers, and Reese’s Pieces; in a high-speed complex environment. As a Production Operator, you will work in a variety of roles in processing and packaging within the plant.  Operators are responsible for maintaining our highest quality of food safety standards, sanitation standards, and production and packaging requirements.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operating processing and/or packaging equipment.
  • Operating a fork truck,
  • Following and interpreting information from processes including, performing various quality checks (i.e. metal detectors, date codes, and weight systems) and following Autonomous Maintenance Programs (cleaning, inspecting, and lubricating equipment)
  • Observing all safety procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and good housekeeping practices


Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age at time of hire
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • High School diploma or GED Certificate
  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend English
  • Ability to understand and perform basic mathematics
  • Basic computer knowledge with ability to find and enter information
  • Must be flexible to work any shift during a 24 hour period (1st / 2nd / 3rd) and any variation of shift length (e.g. 8 hours or 12 hours) 1st / 2nd / 3rd (8 or 12 hour shifts) Must be available to work weekends, holidays and overtime


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position as required by state and federal law:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Work from heights and in confined spaces
  • Repetitive use of hands, wrists, and forearms
  • Work in variable temperatures (60-100 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Walking and standing for the majority of the shift
  • Reaching, bending, stooping and crawling

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