Packaging Room Operator

Valley Queen
Valley Queen Cheese Factory converts high-quality milk into a variety of natural cheeses, dried lactose, dried whey, and anhydrous milk fat that is marketed and utilized by private label and nationally branded consumer food companies. Valley Queen was founded in 1929 and is located in Milbank, SD.


Position Summary
This position is responsible for a variety of tasks to package quality cheese that meets customer expectations and supports the achievement of the company’s vision, mission and values.

Essential Functions

  • Assemble, line, fill and seal 640-pound boxes of cheese according to SOPs.
  • Operate packaging room production equipment according to SOPs.
  • Monitor box weight targets according to cheese types.
  • Maintain good communications with lead and/or supervisor to ensure a safe, continuous product flow and proper maintenance of equipment.
  • Complete and maintain appropriate paperwork and documentation to ensure accurate record keeping.
  • Actively participate in extraneous prevention and solids recovery.
  • Operate and monitor assigned food safety preventative controls including verification activities, equipment operation, records requirements and corrective action database.
  • Comply with all company safety rules to achieve no injuries and no lost-time accidents.
  • Understand and adhere to all GMPs and food safety policies and procedures and perform all work in a manner that ensures the highest standard of food safety and quality.
  • Perform regular CIP and general housekeeping responsibilities.
  • Safely handle, prepare and use chemicals while wearing proper PPE.
  • Assist in training of new or untrained packaging room employees.
  • Attend and/or complete required safety and quality training sessions by the assigned deadlines.


  1. Teamwork Oriented
  2. Problem Solving/Analysis
  3. Communication Proficiency
  4. Initiative
  5. Detail Oriented

Work Environment
This job operates in a food production environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to chemicals, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment can be loud.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position, and days of work are on an alternating repeating schedule. Hours of work for day shift are from 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and night shift from 5:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. This position will work alternating weekends.


Required Education and Experience
High school diploma or GED is required for this position. Maintain current forklift certification.

Preferred Education and Experience
Desire two or more years in a manufacturing facility. More specifically, experience with food grade products is preferred. Bilingual in English/Spanish.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Minimum age requirement is 18.

Job Details

Posted Date
September 7, 2022
, SD
Expiration Date
October 7, 2022