Sanitation Technician

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Emeryville, CA, United States

Posted on: 2024-02-20

Category: food

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Full time

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About the company:

By growing meat directly from animal cells we're making future-friendly, real meat that makes you and the world smile. We stand for all of the good, and none of the bad. UPSIDE Foods is making our favorite food a force for good.

About us:
Based in Berkeley, CA, UPSIDE Foods grows meat, poultry, and seafood directly from real animal cells. These products are not vegan or vegetarian—they are delicious meat, made without the need to raise and slaughter billions of animals. In doing so, the company aims to address some of the most pressing environmental, animal welfare, and public health challenges, while still giving people the meat they love. 
Founded as the world’s first cultivated meat company in 2015, UPSIDE Foods (formerly Memphis Meats) has achieved numerous industry-defining milestones, including being the first company to produce multiple species of meat (beef, chicken, and duck) and to sell a cultivated meat product in the United States. The company believes that people shouldn’t have to choose between the foods they love and a thriving planet, and is working to build a better food system with access to delicious, humane, and sustainable meat, poultry, and seafood. 
UPSIDE Foods has won various industry awards, including New York Times’ Good Tech Awards, FastCo’s Next Big Thing in Tech and World Changing Ideas Awards, and the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation by the National Association for Business Resources. UPSIDE Foods has raised a total of $608 million, including from the Abu Dhabi Growth Fund (ADG), Baillie Gifford, Bill Gates, Cargill, John Doerr, John Mackey, Kimbal and Christiana Musk, Norwest, Richard Branson, Softbank, Temasek, Threshold, Tyson Foods, and others.
About this job:
In order to have one of the first cultivated meats on the market, UPSIDE Foods will need an established record of compliance and collaboration with government regulatory bodies. However, the journey doesn’t end there: UPSIDE Foods’ EPIC wants to become the first cultivated meat plant to be accredited by GFSI standards. Sanitation technicians carry the responsibility of sanitation for all sites at UPSIDE Foods. Completion of tasks within the Master Sanitation Schedule, and any emergency needs within all sites. Work is primarily in a production environment with those types of hazards associated; seasonal temperature fluctuation, hot pipes, working with chemicals, slip-trip hazards, and high noise areas. All Sanitation Technicians report to the Sanitation Manager who is ultimately responsible for the EPIC Plant sanitation.
Responsibilities include:
  • Drive sanitation cleaning process within EPIC Plant
  • Janitorial - cleaning restrooms-toilets-sinks-walls-floors-dumping garbage-refilling toiletries
  • Operating mobile foamer unit and hose. Operating mobile sanitizer unit.
  • Chemical handling- Industrial -style detergents and sanitizers
  • Chemical - Titrations 
  • CIP- perform cleaning and disinfection, validation and verification of CIP.
  • Drain sanitation- Trench and other drains drains throughout the facility. There all are the responsibility of sanitation techs. Scrubbing action required.
  • Use for task- follow equipment color coding policy- ForkLift training may be needed- Aerial lift training maybe needed 
  • Facility MSS task - race track, walkways, etc. Floors-use of the floor scrubber (walk behind)
  • Receiving Dock-age cans-debris pick up
  • Environmental Monitoring Program- Addressing, managing, and preventing Listeria and Salmonella within the facility
  • Any, and all tasks assigned by Lead and or Sanitation Manager
About you:
  • Minimum of high school diploma
  • Those who have experience in Industrial sanitation work experience preferred, but not required
  • General knowledge of Chemical Safety and Chemical Handling is preferred.
  • Experience driving forklift is preferred but not required
  • Experience driving aerial left is preferred but not required
  • Self-starter who relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrates consistency, flexibility, and commitment to meet deadlines.
  • Safety- Zero incidents- We expect all employees to work safely. Be aware of the surrounding areas and act in a manner that promotes safety for others
  • Job Knowledge- Technical proficiency, # of areas, # of machines
  • Job Skills- Completion of daily tasks in a timely manner and accuracy. Good communication
  • Dependability/Attendance- Arrives to work on time, attends when scheduled
  • Teamwork- Helps train new employees, helps during downtime, proposes new ideas, solutions,etc.
  • Communication- Builds trusting relationships, clear and constant communication with sanitation lead or manager and other departments
  • Respect- Recognizes, respects and appreciate each others differences
  • Continues Improvements- Participate in CI Processes (5S events)
Equipment Operated:
  • Portable Foamers
  • Floor Scrubber
  • Sprayers- Chemicals and Sanitizers
  • Forklift
  • Aerial Lift- Scissors Lift
Who you’ll work with:
  • This role will work closely with sanitation manager to ensure all sanitation activities are in compliance with EPIC Food Safety Plan, Safety, GMP and other Food Safety Regulations
  • This role will form close working relationships with the various teams at EPIC, including but not limited to: food safety & quality assurance, engineering, facilities, etc.
  • Plant and quality management to continuously improve the program.
Physical Activities:
  • Regularly reach with hands/arms, walk, and move a lot
  • Frequently climb, squat, bend, kneel, sit and stand
  • Occasionally lift, carry, push, pull 50 lbs or more
Working Conditions-
  • Frequently exposed to wet and varying temperature conditions between 30-90 degrees Fahrenheit, loud noise, vibrations, moving machinery/electrical equipment, risk of electrical shocks, airborne particles, high places, toxic/chemicals, allergens including soy, gluten, by-products and fumes from food processing equipment.
Compensation Range: $24/hr - $30/hr*
*Pay may vary depending on factors including job-related knowledge and skills.
UPSIDE Benefits!
  • Stock options for all full-time incoming team members!
  • 90-100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for team members (medical [including HSA and FSA], dental, and vision)
  • Pet insurance for your furry family members!
  • 3 Weeks PTO Accrued Annually
  • DE&I (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Council and People Engagement Programs
  • Company-sponsored learning & development opportunities
UPSIDE Foods is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Our company-wide mission is to create a product for everyone, so we are deeply committed to having teams and leaders that reflect this mission.

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