2nd Shift Elevator Operator ~ $3k first-year sign-on bonus
Mankato MN
Full Time


Mankato MN
2nd Shift Elevator Operator ~ $3k first-year sign-on bonus

Want to make something truly special? Join Ardent Mills, the premier flour-milling and ingredients company. With us, you can make products that exceed customer expectations. Make communities healthier and more prosperous. Make the innovative breakthroughs that shape our industry. Make the food that nourishes people throughout North America.

The supply assurance of a coast-to-coast network of more than 35 community mills, mixing facilities and a bakery, located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. We have deep roots in our communities, employing more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies.

Your Role:

The Elevator Operator is responsible for executing on wheat transactions, and safely conducting all operations in a cost effective and efficient manner.   

Your responsibilities:

  • Safely operating loading and unloading equipment; including grain analysis on incoming wheat. Also includes safe and efficient trackmobile operation.
  • Operating equipment used to fill wheat bins in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Any housekeeping duties as assigned such as MSS work orders; including but not limited to confined space bin cleaning operations. The operator is the area owner of the following areas, but not limited to: tunnels, galleys, and rail unload area.
  • Perform preventative maintenance such as bucket changes, filter sock and cartridge changes, patch and replace spouting, and assist maintenance and contractors with major repairs.

A successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • The ability to deliver results in first-time situations by inspiring others and working to earn trust every day.
  • The willingness to serve others with understanding, respect, and care.
  • The ability to operate with simplicity, clarity and transparency.
  • The willingness to effectively deal with and drive change.
  • The ability to organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting and/or exceeding deadlines.
  • The ability to learn and apply new technology, with the willingness to share knowledge with others.

Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner.

  • Safety Champion – actively and positively contribute to safety for yourself, our team, our customers, and our community.
  • Comply with state and federal regulations.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to producers, suppliers, and mill.
  • Execute all wheat transactions per the Wheat Management Plan.
  • Provide the most cost effective solution that meets customer specification.
  • Safely conduct all operations in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • Develop personal talents and skills training and new experiences.
  • Provide innovative solutions to problems.
  • Maintain all assets: people, plant, equipment, and raw materials

  • Essential Skills:.
  • High School diploma or GED preferred.
  • Learn and understand all Safety and Food Safety Policies (for example, LTT, Elevated Work, Confined Space, GMP’s, HACCP, etc.).
  • Ability to effectively communicate with Plant Management, Mill team and Maintenance team.
  • Must have 2 years of plant processing/operations experience, and have demonstrated problem solving / decision making abilities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve personnel conflict and handle multiple priorities at a time.
  • Must be able to speak, read and write in English.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation):  

  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as is required by the operating areas (i.e., safety glasses, protective footwear, hearing protection and, at times, a respirator)  
  • Ability to work a rotating schedule including nights, weekends and holidays  
  • Ability to work a machine paced continuous process that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with conditions which include:  
  • Heat/Cold temperatures (inclement weather)  
  • Indoor/Outdoor environment  
  • Dusty environment  
  • Noisy environment  
  • Frequent moving/vibration/ or other motion of equipment/processes  
  • Elevated Places  
  • Frequently stand, walk, rotate, bend/stoop, twist, crouch, kneel, balance and reach or lift at shoulder level, above shoulder level, and below shoulder level  
  • Frequently climb stairs and/or ladders  
  • Occasionally lift up-to 50 pounds  
  • Frequently push/pull/torque a maximum force of 55 ft./lbs. 

EEO Commitment

At Ardent Mills, everyone matters and everyone has a voice.  We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and team members and the decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, age, political affiliation, or any other non-merit characteristic protected by law or not.  Together, celebrating our differences, we make Ardent Mills.

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.


Mankato MN


200 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato MN, 56001

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“I enjoy having the opportunity to lead individuals from all walks of life that all have their own strengths and opportunities to grow. None of us can run a flour mill on our own, so it’s imperative that we build strong safety and team driven cultures at our facilities. I’ve worked for Ardent for 15+ years and almost every day provides a new challenge or learning opportunity. When I think about our customer base and realize how vital our operations are to the communities we serve, it gives me a sense of pride and ownership in being responsible for the continuity of our national food supply chain.”

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