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Production Associate (Seasonal) - 1st Shift

About Us
Tennessee Cheesecake is a family-owned frozen dessert manufacturer located in Lebanon, TN (we are not affiliated with The Cheesecake Factory). We make high-quality desserts for the foodservice and restaurant industry. We are looking to add members to our manufacturing team who will thrive in a hard-working, small-business, team-oriented culture. No experience is required, but experience in food-related manufacturing, back-of-house restaurant work, or non-food manufacturing is a plus. These are full-time positions with benefits. READ MORE ABOUT OUR COMPANY.

Tennessee Cheesecake Core Values

  • See the glass as half full.
  • Have fun.
  • Adaptable.
  • Customer first.
  • Do the right thing.
  • Relentless dedication to the team.
  • Have heart. No jerks.


Reporting to the Line Supervisor, the Production Associate is responsible for all operations, set ups, adjustments on his/her equipment, and general labor on the production line. Duties include, but are not limited to: operating process machinery and equipment; portioning ingredients; prepping pans and trays; hand-scaling ingredients; making boxes; stacking pallets; cleaning and sanitation; washing dishes; effective and respectful communication with team members and Line Supervisor. This is a fast-paced food production environment with hourly and daily goals that must be met, and a heavy emphasis on manual work. 

This is a first-shift position, starting at 6 a.m. with an estimated end time between 4 and 6 p.m. (end time is variable and is determined each day based on volume and need -- the crew leaves when the work is done, not when the clock hits a certain time). Must have flexibility to work on weekends, if needed. Overtime is required as needed. We are a small business, and employees must be adaptable when it comes to scheduling needs.*This is a temporary (seasonal), full-time position and is anticipated to end no later than Dec. 22, 2018.

The position requires an employee to perform essential functions of the job, including but not limited to the following duties:

  • Primary job duties are performed by hand - grasping, folding, scooping, scraping, pressing, lifting. 
  • Prep trays and pans, scale crust, portion ingredients, move racks of product, remove product from pans, make boxes, pack product into boxes, tape cases, stack cases, and more.
  • Participate in dishwashing duties (running dish machines, manually washing small wares, pans, etc.). 
  • ​Follow all Good Manufacturing Practices (food safety) guidelines and hygiene practices.
  • Operate all equipment in a safe and timely manner (our process is primarily manual with machine-assistance).
  • Inspect product at all stages to ensure customer requirements are met.
  • Participate in equipment and area cleaning in a safe and timely manner.
  • Locate and retrieve raw materials and packaging.
  • Pull/push racks of in-process and finished product.
  • Participate in operator-based machine maintenance and care.
  • Participate in training programs.
  • Safely use and dispose of cleaning agents and chemicals.

The position requires that an employee be capable of the following:

  • Meet the schedule requirements (see above).
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to work well with others in a team atmosphere.
  • Must be able to read, write, and understand instructions, warnings, labels and postings in English effectively.
  • Must be willing to participate in all tasks needed to get the job done -- including dishwashing and end-of-shift clean-up/sanitation.
  • Must be able to pass all pre-employment screens (including drug, background, and criminal checks).

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. on a regular basis throughout the shift and up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis.
  • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as machine operation, etc) most of the work day. 
  • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves, but is not limited to: food debris, odors, constant equipment noise, temperature extremes, wet areas/water, or similar elements most of the work day.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, climb, reach, lift, carry, pull, push, grasp, stoop, squat, bend and stretch as needed throughout the shift.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion tasks -- primarily manual tasks -- in a standing position for the entire shift.
  • Must be able to work in a wet / cold / hot environment.

Compensation + Benefits

  • $12 per hour starting
  • Bonus opportunities
  • Free desserts to take home


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