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Lauridsen Group Inc. Sanitation Program Lead - Essentia in Lytton, Iowa

Job Description:

Through committed service and sustainable proteins solutions, Essentia is dedicated to building a better business for our customers. We do this by holding true to our values: Teamwork, Respect, Agility, Creativity and Knowledge. This position will manage the sanitation program for the Lytton, IA facility and execute the program in partnership with operations and quality staff. This position will be responsible for continuous improvement of plant sanitation, including routine and periodic cleaning, and for maintaining the areas in accordance with approved quality and sanitation procedures and to Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP’s).


  • Adhere to company policy and procedures, including but not limited to 100% adherence to all company chemical, safety and cleaning policies and procedures.

  • Develop comprehensive master (periodic) sanitation schedule and work with plant operations staff to schedule and complete work. Routinely review to ensure plant maintains optimal sanitation levels and revise as appropriate.

  • Adhere to and model safe work practices at all times

  • Review and maintain plant sanitation procedures and SSOPs.

  • Review, track and report compliance to master sanitation schedule and SSOPs.

  • Interpret, track and provide targeted actions as needed for environmental monitoring findings.

  • Act as plant liaison with sanitation chemical supplier, including coordinating routine chemical inventory, annual cleaning validations, and non-routine activities.

  • Provide sanitation-related training and development of plant staff and operators.

  • Verify pre-operational inspections at random to ensure compliance.

  • As needed and agreed to with both the plant quality manager and plant manager, provide limited vacation and/or leave coverage for operations supervisors.

  • Identify and execute areas for continuous improvement within sanitation programs and/or execution.

  • Comply with all company food safety and quality policies.

  • Model the Company Values

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Able to work in a team environment and assist in other work-related areas as requested.

  • Knowledge of food industry-standard cleaning chemicals, storage, use, measurement of concentrations.

  • Knowledge of SSOP (Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures) .

  • Knowledge on the proper steps involved in cleaning and sanitation.

  • Proven interaction and leadership with chemical suppliers.

  • Knowledge of tools and equipment used for effective cleaning and sanitation.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Proficient with computers and knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint to construct basic spreadsheets, charts, reports, and training materials.

  • Must be flexible with the schedule and daily demands of the department.

  • Ability to identify problems and troubleshoot until they are resolved.

  • Accept supervisory responsibility in accordance with the company policies and applicable laws.

  • Must be familiar with SQF and GMP audits along with general Food Safety programs.

  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude.

  • Demonstration of professionalism to all team members, clients, vendors and customers.

  • Ability to organize and lead daily crew meetings and other meetings as necessary.


Approximate: 8-10-Hour Day


Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Continuous

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Frequent

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Frequent

Reaching Above Shoulder - Frequent

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 50 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 50 pounds - Occasional

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Continuous

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Frequent

Operating Office Equipment - Frequent

Operating Computer - Frequent

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Occasional

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Yes

Office - Yes

Multiple Locations - Yes

Plant - Yes

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Yes

Rough Terrain - Yes

Other - N/A


Education: High school diploma or GED required. Post high school education in chemistry, food sciences or a related field is highly preferred.

Experience: Food manufacturing sanitation management/leadership experience strongly preferred. Supervisory experience (either direct or indirect) preferred.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.