Machine Operator III

Blue Apron

Richmond, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 04/20/2021
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  • Company Address: 5 Crosby St 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10013

About Blue Apron

Blue Apron was founded in 2012 premised on a simple desire—our founders wanted to cook at home with their families, but they found grocery shopping and menu planning burdensome, time-consuming, and expensive. Our founders hand-packed the first Blue Apron boxes themselves, delivered them to family and friends, and received immediate positive feedback. Since those initial deliveries, we have scaled rapidly, developing our expertise and an ever-more ambitious vision.

Job Description

About the Role:

The Machine Operator III plays an integral role in Blue Aprons Kitchen and is responsible primarily for machine production. This member oversees & assists in the setting up and operating of production machinery in accordance with established procedures and guidelines. They are machine subject matter experts and are especially knowledgeable on all high-speed machinery in use at Blue Apron.

Their focus is on ensuring machines run efficiently and are producing safe, high quality ingredients. Although the Machine Operator III is not specifically responsible for other team members they do operate as the POC for their assigned machines. The Machine Operator III directly helps the kitchen leadership team & maintenance team by providing additional technical oversight and input on all machines. This oversight will include working closely with Temps, Associates, Machine Operators I/II to ensure standards are being followed. This will include training team members and guiding them in the correct standard operating procedures. 

Responsible for:


  • Providing oversight, guidance and assistance to teams during machine set-up, calibration, and operation of all industrial packaging machinery.

  • Proficiently running & troubleshooting high-speed equipment

  • Learning new procedures and equipment when added to our arsenal of machinery 

  • Maintaining a clean and safe work area 

  • Verifying proper machine set up during shift transitions to ensure quality & efficiency are maintained

  • Conducting change overs during the shift in a timely manner 

  • Ensuring that all preps produced from the assigned machines are safe, meet customer specification and quality standards

  • Completing all necessary quality checks and paperwork in accordance with company policy

  • Escalating quality concerns to kitchen leadership

  • Trouble shooting and conducting minor repairs to assigned machines

  • Applying mechanical concepts and principals to solve complex problems

  • Escalating maintenance concerns to kitchen leadership

  • Tracking production for assigned machinery/team and reporting production barriers to kitchen leaders

  • Working with the maintenance team to provide additional assistance to machines that need to be repaired 

  • Working with the learning coordinator to assist in training machine operators 

  • Performing other responsibilities as deemed necessary by kitchen leadership


  • Must be able and willing to work in a team environment and be the primary point of contact for kitchen leadership regarding all assigned machinery and team members

  • 3-6 year’s experience operating industrial packaging machinery; food manufacturing experience a plus

  • Experience on all Blue Apron Machinery which includes the Auto Bagger, Tray Sealer, Flow Wrapper, Cup Filler, Bottling Line, Scale Line, Auger, and Sachet is appreciated.

  • Completion of Tier II certification for all of the high speed machines within X months of hire

  • Must have mechanical aptitude and intermediate troubleshooting skills

  • Ability to uphold safety, food safety, and production quality and freshness standards

  • Must be able to maintain production pace of equipment

  • Possess the ability to write routine reports

  • Be capable of meeting all required testing frequencies (detailed, fast-paced work)

  • Be capable of operating measuring instruments, such as the weight scale and thermometer

  • Be capable of performing basic math calculations and use a calculator

  • Bagger / Automation operation experience

  • Food industry experience

  • Self-motivated individual who requires minimal supervision and direction

  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must be eligible to work in the US

  • Must satisfactorily complete a background check and drug screen upon offer

  • Must be able to work weekends, overtime and holidays as required

Essential Job Functions:

  • Must be able to bend and lift up to 49 pounds repetitively, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Must be able to stand and/or sit for extended periods of time, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Exposure to temperatures that range from freezing to sub-freezing (coolers, freezers, etc.) with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Must be able to push, pull, squat, bend, and reach above and below shoulders; repetitive use of hands, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Blue Apron provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, Blue Apron complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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