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Thermal Processing/Tumbler Operator, Overnight, Deli – Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL
Job ID: 29184BR
Department: Deli Kitchen
Working Hours: 9:00pm - 5:30am; rotating days
Pay Frequency: Weekly
Date Posted: Jun 07, 2024

$41 - 57k
Full Time - Regular


Responsibilities include:

  • Producing quality products in a strict food safe environment
  • Monitoring and adjusting process cook cycles to ensure “Top Quality” Publix Deli Meats
  • Practicing strict sanitation and GMP practices to ensure food safe products are being manufactured
  • Operating all equipment in department (thermal processing units, tumblers, electric jack, blast chiller and blast cells)
  • Transporting cooking racks (1300 lb.’s and up) and ham tubs (2000 lb.’s and up)
  • Maintaining documentation (run sheets, sanitation reports, HACCP reports, SAP reports etc.) to be in compliance with USDA, USDA Chilling regulations and GMP regulations
  • Maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and ensuring that HACCP and GMP requirements are being accomplished and maintained
  • Possessing the knowledge and understanding of the art of Thermal Processing products and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

The required qualifications for this position include:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must demonstrate excellent work habits in line with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
  • Must possess general knowledge of machine operation with the ability to recognize problems when they occur
  • Be proficient in performing the necessary preventive maintenance on all thermal processing and tumbling equipment
  • Must demonstrate safe working habits
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 100 pounds frequently
  • Must be able to learn and perform all positions
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have good human relations skills (the ability to work well with others and be a team player)
  • Must be able to work any shift, nights, weekends, holidays, and extended hours with possible overtime (this process is a 24 hr. process when needed, depending on production demands)
  • Ability to recognize correct spice blends and water combinations used in the tumbling operation
  • Must be able to work under stressful situations, able to accept change in an effort towards continuous improvement
  • Must be organized to accomplish a variety of tasks
  • Be proficient in performing all Sanitation responsibilities (CIP – Housekeeping)
  • Must be dependable and possess good follow up skills
  • Must understand Lockout/Tagout compliance requirements
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Must have excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Must be willing to assist other team members in other areas
  • Must be able to perform steady and productive work for an extended period of time and
  • Must be able to work efficiently with little or no supervision.


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health, dental and vision plans
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
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Year End Bonus

To reward associates for their contributions to the company for the calendar year, Publix provides a Holiday Bonus in November. In the first year of continuous employment the bonus is equal to 15 hours of pay, and in the second year of continuous employment the bonus is equal to one week’s pay if associate remains employed through issue date of the bonus check. In subsequent years, the bonus is equal to two weeks’ pay.

Additional Information

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*Please note that Publix will not sponsor any hire for this position for a visa or permanent residence.

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