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Production Operator- Stuarts Draft Plant

Posted Date:  Nov 21, 2022
Requisition Number:  116563

Job Location: Stuarts Draft, VA


Learn more about being a production operator here!



  • Starting Payrate: $23.31 per hour
  • Sign-on Bonus totaling $1000* ($250 paid after 60 calendar days and $750 paid at 6 months)​​

​​​​​              *Repayment required if you terminate within 1 year

  • $1 Shift Differential for select shifts & Overtime Potential!
  • 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
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Vacation time available after probationary period AND 10 days vacation in year two



  • We ask that you are flexible to work any shift, weekends, overtime and holidays
  • Schedule assignment upon hire is determined by plant needs. Openings on 2nd and 3rd shift


Candidate Process: Please note- communications will be through email and text. Ensure you have access to a valid email

  • 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 onsite interview *
  • 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 Stuarts Draft plant is a Non-Union plant producing products such as Reese’s (peanut butter cups, FastBreak, Sticks, Pieces, filled shapes and NutRageous), Baking Chips, Take5, Mounds, Almond Joy, Whatchamacallit & Cookie Layer Crunch, 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, perform daily audits, and complete daily production paperwork.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operate processing or packaging equipment as assigned
  • Perform various checks to include metal detector, date code and weight systems checks
  • Clean, inspect and lubricate equipment as part of our Autonomous Maintenance program
  • Observe safety procedures
  • Observe Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Observe good housekeeping practices
  • Complete quality checks and associated daily production paperwork


Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by time of hire.
  • Must possess a High School diploma/GED by time of hire.
  • Must be able to read, write, and comprehend English.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25-50 lbs.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Must be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, decimals, and whole numbers.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Must have a valid e-mail address that is checked daily


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.




Nearest Major Market: Charlottesville
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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