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Empirical Foods

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About Us

We create intelligent solutions for the future of food.

At empirical, we believe everyone deserves safe, high quality, and affordable food. Headquartered in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, empirical is the world’s leading manufacturer of lean ground beef and the recognized leader in food safety innovations for decades. Our family owned business was established in 1981.

Our task is to meet the world’s ever-increasing nourishment needs within the constraints of our natural resources. To get there, we are thinking bigger and smarter. We are leaders in developing the equipment, process and methods needed to achieve this goal.

We know how to do things because we DO things – whether that’s making good food or inventing the equipment and process needed to produce it. At every step we design it, build it, operate it and continually optimize it in our massive online lab. Our plant is a testing ground for new technology and products where we research and iterate until we get results.

empirical isn’t a gigantic corporation. Instead, we are a smart, tight-knit and strategic company of doers. We hire quality people who develop fulfilling careers that make a significant impact on our world.

Jobs

Machinist
Category: Machinist
Overview This position is responsible for the machining of parts according to shop drawing specifications.  Activities include the set-up and operation of manual and computerized lathes, mills, and other various machines, power tools, and hand tools required to complete assigned job. Ability to work unassisted in delivering core business and Research and Development (R&D) projects. Assist our ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Electromechanical Technician
Category: Engineering/Design
Overview The technician will assist with all mechanical and electrical testing functions that pertain to the implementation and support of equipment and process changes for the company. This position will also coordinate activities for others, including installations, maintenance, and equipment repair.ResponsibilitiesAssist with projects and tasks associated with the installation of new test ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
SCADA Engineer
Category: Engineering/Design
Overview We are looking for a highly motivated person to develop and maintain SCADA/MES systems. Qualified candidates will have the ability to collaborate and understand the needs of the end user and implement SCADA/MES changes to meet those needs. Will provide plant support for SCADA/MES systems and potentially PLC Logic. Position will also participate in test and pilot runs of new and improved ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
System Administrator
Category: Information Technology
Overview At empirical foods we solve big problems with new thinking. At every step we design it, built it, continually optimize it, at the empirical IT team is no different. We’re seeking an experienced Systems Administrator who has the passion to help us reach that next level.   You will be able to leverage cloud computing and on-premise technologies to ensure that empirical foods’ systems are ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Systems Technician
Category: Technicians
Overview The Systems Tech I position applies knowledge of electronic principles in determining equipment malfunctions and applies skills in restoring equipment to operation. The Systems Tech I is responsible for proper installation, service, and replacement of all electronic equipment, circuit modules, programmable logic controllers, and several other types of electronic equipment. The Systems ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Equipment Operator
Category: Manufacturing
Overview Operate many pieces of large industrial equipment that are used in the operation of the facility. Each equipment operator will be assigned and trained in the operation of one or more pieces of equipment. This position will monitor and control the operation of equipment. Communicate to plant management of any issues during production, assist in teardown, cleaning, and rebuilding of ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Maintenance Assembler
Category: Manufacturing
Overview Assemble and perform preventative maintenance on company equipment (i.e., pumps, heavy duty block grinders, etc.) in company and customer locations. Assist with all construction duties at plant location. Position will be involved in hands on installation and testing of Research and Development (R&D) equipment associated with production, plant troubleshooting, and continuous improvement ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Maintenance Technician
Category: Technicians
Overview Maintenance employees assist with all maintenance functions within the plant. This position performs regular and preventative maintenance for machinery within the plant. Additional responsibilities include assisting other maintenance employees and performing emergency repairs when needed. Will assist with installation, maintenance, and testing of Research and Development equipment ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Product Availability Coordinator
Category: Manufacturing
Overview This position is responsible for handling both raw material and finished product, ensuring both meet acceptable criteria. Maintain accurate tracking and inventories of those materials. Ensure adequate raw material is always available to the production floor, coordinate trailer movement, and communicate with Transportation and Quality Assurance personnel to address any problems. Ensure ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
QA Inspector
Category: Manufacturing
Overview The Quality Assurance (QA) Inspector position provides quality standards by monitoring throughout the plant. This includes verification of raw material receipts, taking raw material samples, and verifying finished packaged product. QA Inspectors are required to lift and move raw material samples and boxed products. Team member in overall management of the facility. Expect to work on ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Production Operator
Category: Manufacturing
Overview We offer a clean working environment with no knife work. Must have ability to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.QualificationsNo experience necessary, will provide hands-on training.Previous forklift experience desired.Ability to work a 6-7 day work week.Stable work history is required.Compliance with all safety and sanitation guidelines.Must be ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Draftsperson
Category: Manufacturing
Overview Assist with engineering and/or construction projects, which include layout and design, specification development and preparation, and data collection. Assist with the specific functions of the engineering department, applying knowledge of engineering technology. In addition, the position will work with Engineering on Research and Development (R&D) activities such as creating, modifying, ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Sawing Machine Operator
Category: Manufacturing
Overview This position will utilize a saw machine to cut parts as directed. Make marks on material for cutting and guide material through saw cuts. The Sawing Machine Operator will clean, maintain lubricant levels, and service equipment to ensure continuous operation of machines.ResponsibilitiesCut material on table by placing on a table manually or using a hoist. Position and secure material on ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Warehouse Coord - Industrial Parts
Category: Manufacturing
Overview The Warehouse Coordinator supports daily activities of materials, movement, handling, receiving, loading, unloading, transporting, stacking, shipping, and filling of production orders as well as maintaining inventory. Support empirical’s research and development activities through a hands-on approach for machine development, where machinery is often built, modified, scrapped, ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Operations Trainer - B shift
Category: Manufacturing
Overview This position is primarily responsible for facilitating/providing the training of hourly and management support employees. Duties will also involve assisting with new hire orientation and equipment specific training, which includes safety and product quality elements. The operations trainer position is responsible for the evaluation of plant training, enhancing the on-boarding process, ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001
Warehouse Supervisor
Category: Manufacturing
Overview Supervise and coordinate all warehouse coordinator activities. Manage all inventory quantities through re-order points, order quantities, periodic physical inventories, and equipment revisions. Support empirical’s research and development activities through a hands-on approach for machine development, where machinery is often built, modified, scrapped, re-designed, re-built, and ...read more
Contact:
Phone:(605) 217-8000
Fax:(605) 217-8001

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