Mixing Lead in Santa Rosa, CA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 9/9/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for a Mixing  Lead who will join our Hawthorne team in Santa Rosa, CA.

Starting pay $24 an hour!

The Mixing Lead is responsible for assisting the production supervisor in directing resources to safely and efficiently perform job tasks associated with the mixing and blending production process.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Ensure associates adhere to plant safety rules and programs. Lead by example through participation in safe behavior processes and programs.

  • Accurately track labor, record downtime, production output, and scrap by utilizing SAP and Mixing Tracker systems. Continuously look for methods, procedural changes, or equipment modifications to improve mixing output and efficiencies.

  • Ensure that mixing changeover procedures, work instructions and standard operating procedures are followed as specified.

  • Participate and perform investigations and provide detailed documentation as it pertains to safety incidents, including root causes and corrective actions.

  •  Influence positive change and associate lead activities for safety, quality, and plant improvements through communication and leading by example.

  • Safely maintain and operate blending, product transfer and ancillary equipment in accordance with batch ticket and product record requirements to ensure first run capability.

  • Review and check work order and raw materials for accuracy and completeness.  Operate pumps, blenders, mixers, filters, forklifts and related processing equipment, handle drums, totes, sacks/bags, pails and other assorted containers.

  • Select and set up pumping equipment as required; properly store and handle raw materials, identify and gather hoses, fittings, adapters and related equipment, select and hook up the correct pump/filter combination, check the cleanliness of the delivery system to ensure no cross contamination.

  • Measurement and addition of ingredients, in correct quantity and sequence in accordance with the batch formulation instructions. Meter, pour and/or dump materials into tanks, to create a batch product to be mixed. Oversight of the blending process ensuring the correct speed and time requirements.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Position requires the individual possess experience and understanding of the importance of efficient material and equipment, setups and changeovers.

  • Background in process control and troubleshooting preferred. 

  • He/she will be depended upon to coordinate daily inventory and material transactions and will also be responsible for product blending quality and effective time management. 

  • Heavy lifting is required.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350) 

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.

  • 12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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