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Shipping & Receiving Operator (Full-Time & Part-Time)

Reports To: Shipping & Receiving Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range:
FULL-TIME
Shifts Available: 2-10PM (Mon-Fri) and 10PM-6AM (Sun-Thurs). Earn $26/hr while in training towards the goal of certification in your role. Night Shift differential – additional $1/hr.
PART-TIME Earn $21/hr with flexible work hours

Summary

Responsible for the safe operation of all equipment in the shipping and receiving areas including weighing systems, loading and unloading equipment. Operators will receive dried distillers grains by rail and truck and ship NovaMeal and NovaOil on trucks and railcars. The team member in this position is responsible for understanding and executing standard operating procedures and is expected to ensure proper response during normal and abnormal operating situations. Additionally, operators are responsible for communicating process events to both supervisors and on-coming shift team members. This position is located at the Novita Aurora plant facility located 2 miles east of Brookings, South Dakota. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plant Operations

Ability to learn and operate the Distributed Control System (DCS) and other processes associated with the plant operations,

Understand and follow plant operating procedures for the shipping and receiving areas which includes rail car movement and bulk storage operations,

Operate machinery which will include, but is not limited to a front end loader, skid steer, forklift, man lift and rail car mover,

Maintain a clean facility and follow the sanitation schedule completing all tasks as assigned,

Provide a high level of customer service and maintain a professional presence at all times,

Assure timely and accurate daily documentation of all shipping and receiving information is completed and sample results are documented,

Attend and participate in shift exchange meetings at beginning and end of shift with oncoming/outgoing team members of the previous shift events and current process status

Provide knowledge sharing and training with other team members

Perform lockout tag out for permitted work including confined space entries and equipment maintenance and cleaning,

Team member can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.

Environmental, Health & Safety

Participate in all health, safety and environmental programs; maintain self-awareness on safety issues and requirements and report any safety concerns immediately to the EH&S department,

Responsible for notifying management team of environmental, quality and production concerns, problems and opportunities,

Perform all tasks associated with Feed Safety/Quality, assigned or as needed, to meet internal and external requirements relating to the production of safe, quality feed products.

Maintenance

Assist the maintenance department with routine tasks such as completing equipment lubrication PMs, assembling and disassembling equipment,

Learn and utilize CMMS (Centralized Maintenance Management System) to create work requests,

Troubleshoot and diagnose equipment inconsistencies and failures.

 

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience
The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent required; with an Associate’s degree or higher education preferred. Experience working in a production plant environment is preferred.

Communications: Strong written and verbal skills are important along with the ability to work well in a team.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory tracking systems that are acceptable to management and regulatory agencies. Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills are required.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient with spreadsheet software and have a basic knowledge of word processing software and email.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards. The individual may be exposed to noise, heat and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments. While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals. Specific physical requirements include:

• Occasionally working in confined spaces,
• Wearing proper respiratory protection,
• Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
• Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
• Bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
• Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
• Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees,
• Standing for extended periods of time,
• Working on elevated platforms and surfaces.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Maintenance Technician

Reports To: Maintenance Manager

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range:
Earn $30/hr while in training towards the goal of certification in your role.


Summary

Responsible for the repair and preventative maintenance of the plant equipment, to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company.  This position is located in Aurora, South Dakota. Monday-Friday evening shift, on-call rotation. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

General Maintenance Support

  • Repairs or replaces plant equipment or systems on a scheduled or emergency basis,
  • Maintains industrial machinery and equipment using hoists, lift trucks, hand and power tools,
  • Moves, assembles, installs, or dismantles machinery,
  • Interprets schematic diagrams, blueprints, and sketches,
  • Analyzes plans for new equipment and maps out space to unpack and assemble,
  • Performs preventative maintenance activities as required,
  • Interacts directly with operations to ensure scheduled work can be completed,
  • Diagnose and trouble-shoot maintenance related issues, repairing or replacing components
  • Monitors reliability of equipment,
  • Knows and understands city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to maintenance and plant equipment, and work in a safe manner to ensure that these regulations are met at all times,
  • Works a schedule that occasionally requires overtime or call-in as required,
  • Participates in plant turn-arounds,
  • Participates in programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness.

Capital Projects

  • Works with Plant Engineer and external contractors to plan, assist and implement installation of new equipment or systems.

Environmental, Health & Safety

    • Participates in all health, safety and environmental programs; maintain self-awareness on safety issues and requirements and report any safety concerns immediately to the EH&S department,
    • Responsible for notifying management team of environmental, quality and production concerns, problems and opportunities,
    • Performs all tasks associated with Feed Safety/Quality, assigned or as needed, to meet internal and external requirements relating to the production of safe, quality feed products.

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience
The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education & Experience: High School diploma or GED required. 3-5 years industrial maintenance experience with knowledge of maintenance procedures for pumps, valves, motors and conveyors preferred. Previous fabrication and welding experience required. Experience as Journeyman Millwright, Pipe Fitter or machine repair may be potential fit for this position. Also, a background in mobile equipment, heavy equipment is desirable.

Communications: Strong written and verbal capabilities required.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain process systems that are acceptable to management and regulatory agencies.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with spreadsheet software and basic knowledge of word processing software plus experience both researching issues and accessing information on the Internet.  Previous experience with Computerized Maintenance Management System is a plus.

Certificates and Licenses: None required.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards.  The individual may be exposed to noise, heat, and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments. While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals. Must be willing to work unscheduled shifts not limited to but including working on an on-call schedule and call ins when required.  Specific physical requirements include:

  • Occasionally working in confined spaces,
  • Wearing proper respiratory protection,
  • Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
  • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
  • Bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
  • Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
  • Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees,
  • Standing for extended periods of time,
  • Working on elevated platforms and surfaces.

 

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Novita’s Benefit Package

Employee benefits are effective day ONE at Novita. There is no waiting period for benefits. Eligible employees can enroll in our health, dental, and vision insurances for themselves and family members. Employees who contribute to Health Savings Account (HSA) are eligible for a quarterly company contribution. We offer a competitive 401k match and no vesting schedule on contributions. Novita recognizes 8 company paid holidays and offers additional holiday pay for employees that work on a designated holiday. Paid Time Off (PTO) is accrual based with no “use it or lose it” penalty! Contact Human Resources to learn about these and more benefits offered at Novita.

Process Operator

Reports To: Shift Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range:
Earn $30/hr while in training towards the goal of certification in your role.


Summary

Responsible for the safe operation of all plant processing equipment including boilers, solvent extraction and pelleting operations. Operators are required to maintain knowledge of the process flow, computerized equipment and be aware of hazards associated with the process. The team member in this position is responsible for understanding and executing standard operating procedures and is expected to ensure proper response during normal and abnormal operating situations. Additionally, operators are responsible for communicating process events to both supervisors and on-coming shift team members. Novita Nutrition operates on a 24-hour continuous schedule. Team member will work rotating 12 hour shifts and must be able to meet call-in requirements as needed. This position is located at the Novita Aurora plant facility located 2 miles east of Brookings, South Dakota. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plant Operations

Ability to learn and operate the Distributed Control System (DCS) and other processes associated with the plant operations,

Understand and follow plant operating procedures for start-up, shut-down, temporary and emergency operations

Utilize process data, trend analysis and training to monitor, troubleshoot and respond to process conditions to optimize plant operation,

Collect and test samples on all designated product streams and take action based on results when required,

Assure timely and accurate daily documentation of all process information is completed and sample results are documented,

May load and unload bulk chemical trucks while maintaining a high level of safety and customer service,

Attend and participate in shift exchange meetings at beginning and end of shift with oncoming/outgoing team members of the previous shift events and current process status,

Maintain a clean facility and follow the sanitation schedule completing all tasks as assigned,

Provide knowledge sharing and training with other team members,

Perform lockout tag out for permitted work including confined space entries and equipment maintenance and cleaning,

Operate machinery which will include, but is not limited to a front end loader, skid steer, forklift and man lift,

Complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments,

Provide a high level of customer service and maintain a professional presence at all times.

Environmental, Health & Safety

Participate in all health, safety and environmental programs; maintain self-awareness on safety issues and requirements and report any safety concerns immediately to the EH&S department,

Responsible for notifying management team of environmental, quality and production concerns, problems and opportunities,

Perform all tasks associated with Feed Safety/Quality, assigned or as needed, to meet internal and external requirements relating to the production of safe, quality feed products.

Maintenance

Assist the maintenance department with routine tasks such as completing equipment lubrication PMs, assembling and disassembling equipment,

Learn and utilize CMMS (Centralized Maintenance Management System) to create work requests,

Troubleshoot and diagnose equipment inconsistencies and failures.

 

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience
The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent required, with an Associate’s degree or higher education preferred. Experience working in a production plant environment required, with previous experience working in a solvent extraction plant preferred.

Communications: Strong written and verbal skills are important along with the ability to work well in a team.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory tracking systems that are acceptable to management and regulatory agencies. Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills are required.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient with spreadsheet software and have a basic knowledge of word processing software and email.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards. The individual may be exposed to noise, heat and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments. While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals. Specific physical requirements include:

• Occasionally working in confined spaces,
• Wearing proper respiratory protection,
• Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
• Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
• Bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
• Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
• Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees,
• Standing for extended periods of time,
• Working on elevated platforms and surfaces.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Building our Future by Building our People

As an employee at Novita, your growth as a person and professional is important to us. For employees in our operations team, we dedicate forty days of training per year. Training is a combination of classroom, online, and hands on activities. Training days are paid days for employees to be focused on learning and gaining knowledge to enhance their skills.

At Novita, we pay for skills. Employees will receive pay increases, in real time, as they pass certifications for their respective roles.

Master Requirements Planning (MRP) Controller

Reports To: Maintenance Manager

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $32/hr

Summary

The MRP (Master Requirements Planning) Controller position requires an in-depth understanding of the CMMS Systems (LLumin).  The role is responsible for initiating purchase orders based on business requirements, requests, and inventory levels.  Monitors vendor pricing and availability.  Expedites delayed orders.  Responsible for inventory organization and accuracy.  Resolves issues related to inventory returns and replacements.  Responsible for receiving incoming parts shipments.  This role will support all policies, goals, and objectives of the company, and will represent the company in a knowledgeable and professional manner. This position is located at the Novita Aurora facility, 2 miles east of Brookings, SD. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plant Operations

Purchasing and Inventory Maintenance activities:

  • Responsible for entering /updating data in the CMMS database.
  • Identify vendor resources and delivery capabilities for parts and materials.
  • Manage inventory levels and accuracy to include performing quarterly cycle counts.
  • Maintain inventory organization to include kanbans, safety stock levels, critical spares, and bar coding/tracking systems. Forecast the trends in product consumption to provide the needed number of stocks and its turnover.
  • Develop and maintain parts inventory SOP’s
  • Provide daily procurement support of parts and supplies for maintenance and production customers where applicable.
  • Maintain high level of service and work performance. Support and promote a positive and cooperative team environment which fosters creative problem solving and shared learning.

Maintenance Support activities:

  • Perform general maintenance administrative activities as needed.
  • Will support shutdown/TA activities where working outside normal hours will be necessary.
  • They work with the Engineering department to make sure that technical specifications of the stocks are correct.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing environments.

 

Environmental, Health & Safety

  • Participate in all health, safety, and environmental programs; maintain self-awareness on safety issues and requirements and report any safety concerns immediately to the EH&S department, Responsible for notifying management team of environmental, quality and production concerns, problems, and opportunities,
  • Perform all tasks associated with Feed Safety/Quality, assigned, or as needed, to meet internal and external requirements relating to the production of safe, quality feed products.

Other required activities

  • Maintain supplier data base with vendor data and best sources for pricing and/or delivery,
  • Assist with resolving invoicing issues with Accounts Payable when appropriate,
  • Recognize, develop, and implement opportunities for cost and risk reduction; improved methods, identifying adverse trends, etc.
  • Adheres to all applicable procedures, company policies and any other quality or regulatory requirements,

All other duties as assigned.

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience
The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education and Experience: Requires a high school diploma with a minimum of 3-5 years of related experience in maintenance/parts inventory environment.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with spreadsheet software and basic knowledge of word processing software plus experience both researching issues and accessing information on the Internet.  Experience with CMMS system is a plus.

Communications: Strong written and verbal presentation capabilities, with the ability to communicate effectively with vendors, customer, clients, and plant personnel.

Organizational Skills: High level skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory and maintenance tracking systems that exceed expectations of management and regulatory agencies.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards. The individual may be exposed to noise, heat, and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments.  While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals.  Specific physical requirements include:

  • Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
  • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
  • Bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
  • Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
  • Standing for extended periods of time.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Plant Engineer

Reports To: Plant Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

Pay Range: Competitive Salary, DOE, DOQ

Summary

Work closely with Operations Team to optimize product quality, production rates, yield, and plant efficiency; implement capital projects and own Process Safety Management Program. This position is located at the Novita Aurora facility, 2 miles east of Brookings, SD. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Facility Engineering

  • Manage and coordinate contracted work to implement Capital Projects as necessary. This includes safe work, quality of installed product, adherence to engineering specifications and engineering input to design issues.
  • Complete assigned pre-startup plan actions, including developing Process Safety Management Program and documentation, supporting regulatory program and commissioning / startup plan development.
  • Develop and oversee Performance Test plan, including environmental documentation and testing requirements.
  • Coordinate with production staff for requiring any facility outage or extra operations staffing to complete project and implement.
  • Develop scope of work and budget through phase implementation project development process.
  • Identify facility projects to increase efficiencies, improve safety, decrease working capital costs, and improve yields.

 

Plant Operations

  • Perform all job duties and challenge others to perform in a safe manner, comply with all regulatory requirements and continually challenge performance to get to the next level for long term profitability of the business.
  • Facility Optimization by working with the Operations Team to optimize plant operations using historical data, determining operating parameters/procedures and operator knowledge.
  • Identify bottlenecking areas throughout plant, devise a solution to the bottleneck and implement.
  • Focus on oil yields, shrink, energy efficiencies and product loss improvements through using a systematic means of approach method.
  • Be the Subject Matter Expert on the plant process controls system – modifying control logic, tuning loops, utilizing advanced process control functions, developing reports, trends, and graphics to support operational needs.
  • Recommend technology improvements and develop scope / payback for said recommendations.
  • Lead Process Improvement Projects through means of Continuous Improvement Methods.
  • Balance safe operations, product quality, production rates, yields and efficiencies.
  • Lead site’s OSHA’s Process Safety Management Program.
  • Support troubleshooting efforts for production issues.
  • Backfill manager roles at times due to workload, absences, and vacations.
  • Own Process Safety Management Program by ensuring facility is adhering to all 14 elements of the PSM program.
  • Support plant shutdown planning processes and work execution assignments.
  • Participate in off-hours on-call program thru scheduled rotational assignments.

All other duties as assigned.

 

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience
The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering and 3-7 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience in hexane extraction process plant required.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with spreadsheet software and basic knowledge of word processing software plus experience both researching issues and accessing information on the Internet.  Specific knowledge of grain management software and systems is desirable.

Communications: Strong written and verbal presentation capabilities, with the ability to make presentations to Board of Directors, Senior Management, investors, lenders, producers, customers, and other groups including plant tours.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory tracking systems that are acceptable to management and regulatory agencies.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities within the operations area as assigned in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Participate with interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards.    The individual may be exposed to noise, heat, and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments.  While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals. Specific physical requirements include:

  • Occasionally working in confined spaces,
  • Wearing proper respiratory protection,
  • Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
  • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
  • Bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
  • Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
  • Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees,
  • Standing for extended periods of time,
  • Working on elevated platforms and surfaces.

 

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

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