Flexible Operator

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Flexible Operator


Role of Position

This role is to provide support to manufacturing operations team in operating of packaging systems components, performing all quality checks, maintaining conformance reports and systems logs, troubleshooting all aspects of each system, maintaining area in a clean, orderly manner.


Principal Accountabilities

  • Help train other area associates as needed in all aspects of operations such as line operation, palletizers, MIS systems, SQC, PC's, and repair of equipment.
  • Troubleshoot packaging system to optimize performance and take corrective action to ensure product quality while minimizing unnecessary downtime.
  • Cover production assignments as needed with a focus on the packaging area but not limited to other assignments in the site as needed.
  • Keep production records as required.
  • Remove bags from conveyor and stack bags on the pallet.
  • Maintain sanitary environment by perform housekeeping assignments in order to keep area clean as well as assist sanitation team with cleaning areas as assigned.
  • Observe and follow all safety practices and GMP standards.
  • Know and understand site's CCP's and OPRP’s and report any findings of deficiencies to site quality manager.
  • Associate is responsible for communicating and elevating any quality and food safety concerns to site management.
  • This role supports operations in performing preventative maintenance and mechanically troubleshoots system equipment.
  • Provide our customers with the proper product, at the proper destination, in a timely and cost effective manner.


Key Functional Skills and Knowledge

  • Communicate appropriate information to coworkers and supervisors.
  • Proper set up for various products; able to read and understand written instructions.
  • Knowledge of plant operations processes.
  • Understand job standards in regards to productivity, quality and waste
  • Fast paced, manufacturing environment.
  • Standing on a concrete floor.
  • Wearing proper personal protective equipment (bump cap, gloves, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform).
  • Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 52 lbs.
  • Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust dirt and chemicals.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Knowledge of personal computers.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to operate forklift in a safe manner.
  • Ability to work 8/12 hour rotating shifts, work on any team that needs coverage in the site as well as overtime under face paced conditions such as heat, cold, high and/ or confined spaces and possesses mobility with the ability to climb ladders and stairs.
  • Hearing and speaking ability both in person and on the phone.
  • Ability to recognize colors.
  • Depth Perception.
  • Interpersonal skills to work in a team environment through effective teamwork, self-management with a positive attitude and minimal supervision.


Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist Warehouse/Shipping functions as needed and available.
  • Participate in site safety program and actively look for ways to improve site and area safety.
  • Other Duties as assigned


Desired Education/Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED and 2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • No active written warnings, must be meeting expectations for performance and attendance.
  • Current forklift certification or the ability to certify.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


Salary Range
$22,000.00 - 33,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Columbia, SC 29201, US