Jack Links Operations Intern in Alpena, South Dakota
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Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Still family-owned with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates a total of 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities in four countries. Jack Link’s produces high-quality, great-tasting protein snacks that feed the wild sides of consumers around the world. Jack Link's Protein Snacks family of brands includes Jack Link's, Lorissa's Kitchen, MATADOR, SQUATCH, World Kitchens Jerky, Grass Run Farms Meat Snacks, Bifi and Pepperami.
The story of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is one of family traditions. It began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing snack manufacturers in the world. Today Jack Link’s sells more than 100 different protein snacks in more than 40 countries.
The principles and traditions of Jack Link’s have been the same since its humble beginnings: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting protein snacks in the world.
Jack Link's isn't made up of a bunch of button-up, corporate types. Like our beef jerky, we believe in being authentic and genuine. Life's too short to be artificial. We've never done things the way everyone else does. Over the years, it's always been more than just a way of doing business. It's a way of life. We push hard and take risks - with the unwavering passion to get done what we've set out to do. All backed up by an unflinching eye on quality. So when you picture the people who make North America's best-selling brand of beef jerky, you'll find we're just a bunch of regular folks, inspired to make the finest beef jerky possible, every single day. We're just lucky enough to have the whole world asking for a taste.Operations Internship
Our goal is to place dynamic and driven students in our business to manage projects which support strategic goals, while learning about the real business world and gaining valuable hands-on experience.
The operations intern is responsible for assisting with the successful completion of projects throughout their experience. Projects can be related to process improvements, mechanical or electrical equipment reliability issues, problem solving of production problems, process control data collection, or project engineering.
This position will work closely with all areas of the company; primarily Plant Operations, Continuous Improvement, Continuous Skill Development, Quality, Engineering, and R&D. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected of this position. This position requires exercising independent judgement to perform the responsibilities herein. This position will be carried out in accordance with company policies and procedures. As the student gains increased knowledge and experience, he/she will become responsible for completing independent projects.
Through this opportunity, the intern will apply concepts learned in engineering classes to real world experience. Interns will develop an understanding of an Engineer's role in an industrial setting and the general operations of a manufacturing facility. They will also expand their technical skills, with industrial equipment knowledge, pertinent computer hardware and software, and machine integration
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The core responsibilities may fall into two main categories: project improvement where the Intern will be working independently and with other departments to identify and execute process and product improvement opportunities. The second category is Supervisory where the Intern will work with Department management to learn and improve the overall management process. Within these categories the Intern will be accountable for:
Maintaining and communicating all data to department managers for problem identification, resolution, loss reporting.
Collecting and Providing analysis which includes, productivity improvements, cost analysis, and capacity utilization
Assist with process documentation
Assisting team with optimizing assembly flow and process to minimize
Collection and reporting of metrics and trends routinely to the plant
Assist with engineering opportunities to improve or reduce costs and enhance product consistency / quality
Follow Lean Manufacturing Processes; team building, consistency in high quality, preventative maintenance, good work place conditions, productive work, etc.
Intern will develop a final presentation on their experience; highlighting project work, accomplishments, and insight on Jack Link’s as a company.
Completion of individual internship project: Summer 2018- ---to present general overview of each department and findings to leadership on lean & six-sigma tools impacting yield, giveaway, quality, productivity and automation improvement and the associated counter measures actions to sustain performance
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Work towards Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management or Engineering related discipline. Depending on major should be familiar with Lean, Six Sigma, Automation design, Linear Programing, RfS, and Management tools
Strong statistical skills
Strong computer skills in particular Excel, Mini Tab and AutoCAD
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Comfortable in a fast paced, changing environment.
Must be able to communicate effectively with various manufacturing and corporate functional groups.
Must be flexible and able to work well in a team environment.
Strong project planning skills.
Excellent analytical skills.
Junior or Senior Status in degree program.
Understand CAD drawings for packaging materials and machine tooling.
Experience with flexible film.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to be successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or more up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is a plant / office setting with varying degrees of temperatures and noise levels. Exposure to manufacturing equipment movement and wet / slippery floors. However; the vast amount of work is conducted in a climate controlled office. Travel may be required.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.