Roaster Operator (PM Shift)

This position is based at our Hampton Farms location in Lubbock, TX.


The Roaster Operator of Hampton Farms is involved in the manufacture of food products intended for the consumer. The operation and operator provide a critical step in Hampton Farms food quality and safety for producing our peanut product. Being a producer of peanut products, the roaster operator is aware of the risk involved with regard to proper temperature, speeds, bed depth, roasting color and other aspects of the facility. This position will report to the Shift Supervisor.

Salary: $16.50 per hour

Shift hours:

  • 3rd shift: 11:00pm – 7:00am (planning to move to rotating 12-hour shifts this summer)

Essential Duties and Description:

  • Verify with supervisor/team lead that correct peanuts are being used, and Roaster log paperwork matches the Roasting Peanuts reports
  • Inspect machines, calibrates, and adjusts as required to ensure consistent operation
  • Ensure that machine is started and stopped to minimize maintenance and downtime
  • Initiate start-up procedures per company policies
  • Communicate with management to maintain constant flow and correct peanuts
  • Maintain a consistent and constant product (peanut) flow from roaster to storage bins
  • Maintain the correct temperature of the roaster, record the average temperature of the peanuts, belt speed, and bed depth to achieve the correct roast and color required for each customer
  • Record temperature readings on Roasting log. Turn in paperwork to management
  • Run a color check every 30 minutes until we have two consecutive good checks then check each hour on the roasted peanuts to ensure color meets customer requirements
  • Work with management throughout shift to ensure CCP’s are within spec
  • Ensure the right peanuts for the production schedule are selected and roasted in spec. They are delivered to the storage bins for the ingredients room in order to meet production schedule
  • Perform scheduled cleaning of roaster, roasting area, and blanching area
  • Maintaining constant vigilance for possibility of fire, through monitoring of all roasting operation.
  • Able to learn how to work with high and low PH chemicals such as alpet and Alkaline cleaners every other weekend
  • Help fellow employees in other work areas as needed
  • Do any other assignments or fill out any other forms that are ask of you by your Team Lead or Supervisor

Skills and Competencies:

  • Forklift Driving (2+ years of experience)
  • GMP Training (New hire and Annual)
  • Follow GMP’s for Fire Roaster Prevention Safety
  • SOP’s for Receiving Program, and Storage Program (Inventory Control, Stock Rotation, & Raw Materials)
  • Able to earn & maintain a valid forklift license from Hampton Farms for the designated work area
  • Able to earn & maintain the right to operate the floor scrubber and be able to maintain it
  • Knowledge and proper use of the forklift Inspection Form
  • Must be able to utilize necessary chemicals such as alpet and Alkaline cleaner for cleaning & use of application equipment 30 % of the work week
  • Above average computer skills
  • Basic math skills & Above average communication skills

General Expected Behaviors

Problem Solving

Solution oriented, working until a problem is solved or outcome achieved; finds alternative ways to complete a task

Reacts to challenges by locating or providing solutions

Takes responsibility to define all requirements of a task, weighing the pros and cons, then taking the appropriate action as required

Makes timely, well-considered decisions based on current data available

Supports the team by offering to help with unexpected work as needed


Actively follows all company policies & procedures, encouraging team members to do the same

Engages other employees in setting high safety awareness standards

As required, acts to improve conditions quickly

Job Function Skills

Understand the origin and purpose behind company policies, procedures and practices

Acts in accordance with the company’s mission, vision, & values

Work Ethic

Foresees the impact of his / her actions on other team members and customers

Proactively prevents small problems from becoming major issues

Responds to challenges with a sense of urgency, informing other team member as required and acting accordingly

Actively assesses information and identifies underlying issues as required

Plans & aligns appropriate resource to accomplish company goals


Identifies barriers to communication and strategies to eliminate them

Applies good questioning and listening skills to insure their understanding of information being shared

Treats everyone with respect and dignity, even when he / she may not agree with their opinion or beliefs

Able to communicate in a clear and understanding manner


  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance (EAP)
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Tuition Assistance (TAP)
  • Teladoc
  • 401K Match
  • Paid Vacation and Personal Days
  • Paid Holidays
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Military Leave
  • School Leave
  • Jury Duty Leave

Application Process

  • This job is contingent upon satisfactory completion of reference checks, education verification, pre-employment drug screening, and a criminal history check.

EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

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