Stewardship

Energy, Materials, Water, Agriculture, Supply chain

Enhancing the communities where we operate

When it comes to being good stewards, our approach is to do good wherever we can, minimize our impact on the environment and leave the smallest footprint possible. We achieve this by working closely with our team members, our suppliers and partners to achieve the best environmental results possible.

At Visser Farms, we engage in progressive land and water use practices to ensure the land remains environmentally responsible for generations to come. Sustainable farming is also efficient farming. Sustainable practices such as proper crop rotation, modern tillage and cultivation techniques, and well managed applications of water, pesticides and herbicides to decrease production costs, increase yields and produce high quality potatoes.

In our packing warehouse, we utilize energy efficient lighting and equipment and have designed our facilities with special emphasis on efficiency, automating produce handling and packaging processes. We feel sustainability is an integral part of a successful and profitable business – that’s why sustainability and good stewardship is a priority for us.

Careers

We’re always looking for passionate people to join our team. Here’s a current list of openings at Visser Farms.

Millwright & Industrial Mechanic

Starts: ASAP Salary: $22.00 to $28.00 per hour, depending on qualifications

The Millwright and Industrial Mechanic will help support our potato washing, sizing and packing operations by installing, maintaining, troubleshooting, overhauling and repairing the equipment necessary for our operation.

Major Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Ensure effective and timely preventative maintenance and continuous improvement
  • Foster effective and positive communication and relationships with all employees, promoting teamwork and reinforcing the function of maintenance as a service and support function
  • Ensure daily, weekly and monthly preventative maintenance tasks are completed within allotted downtimes, capitalizing on any opportunities to complete during idle equipment time
  • Develop/maintain preventative maintenance protocols (daily, weekly, monthly)
  • Adjust hours as required to complete tasks or projects
  • Work with production daily to plan and schedule equipment overhauls, installations or other special projects to minimize downtime and maximize idle equipment or change over time
  • Assist and actively participate in problem solving and troubleshooting with both maintenance and production staff
  • Ensure appropriate parts inventory is managed and maintained
  • Identify improvement opportunities that will lead to longer equipment life and reliability, decreased maintenance time and/ or operating cost
  • Train and coach equipment operators in helping them to optimize machine performance, reliability, etc
  • Monitor and enforce when necessary, the housekeeping and safety standards being maintained throughout the Company
  • Weekly identification and execution of continuous improvement projects to enhance or increase equipment thru put or operation efficiency
  • Prepare a weekly report including work completed, challenges and highlights, high level plan for week
  • Use and promote the use of maintenance software for maintaining current and accurate service & repair records for all equipment
  • Source and purchase replacement parts ensuring competitive pricing, timely delivery, etc
  • Keep tool and parts rooms tidy and stocked

Education & Experience:               

  • 5 + years experience in an industrial maintenance function required
  • Welding & fabrication experience an asset
  • Forklift maintenance experience an asset
  • Experience developing and performing regular inspections
  • Solid understanding or experience in setting up and managing preventative maintenance program

Key Skills & Competencies:

  • Exceptional communication and coaching skills
  • Solid understanding or experience in setting up and managing preventative maintenance software
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrate sound judgment and decision making
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong troubleshooting abilities
  • Experience working with potato weighing, bagging, bag closing and palletizing equipment
  • Motor service (diagnosis, bearing replacement)
  • Conveyor service (motors, gearboxes, bearings, slack adjusters, belt tracking)
  • Electric and diesel forklift maintenance and service
  • Ability to read Schematics
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Reliable
  • Punctual
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Proven ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate clearly with fellow employees, suppliers, visitors etc, and as a representative of the company, treat them with respect and courtesy
  • Willingness to work in a variety of conditions (wet, cold, humid)
  • Willingness to work extended hours when required

Permanent, full-time position with health and dental benefits.

Average, 50 hours/week, with flexibility for evenings or Saturdays as required to complete operations.

E-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@peispuds.ca.


Automatic Bagging & Palletizing Equipment Operator

Starts: ASAP Salary: $15.00 to $20.00 per hour, depending on qualifications

Operate potato weighing, bagging, closing and palletizing equipment.  Perform all tasks necessary to maintain and manage the bagging operation efficiently.  This is an essential role for our Pack Shed as smooth operation of this area is necessary for us to meet our customers’ delivery requirements.

Major Tasks & Responsibilities       

  • Keep bagging equipment running as consistently as possible during production hours to maximize throughput
  • Monitor equipment to ensure smooth operation, efficiency and safety.  Be attentive to equipment cleaning, maintenance, etc to ensure optimal performance and minimal down-time
  • Understand how to optimize your efforts and manage your time so that this area of the plant operates as efficiently as possible
  • Work as part of a team and execute your role with a sense of pride and ownership (care for equipment, attention to detail, etc)
  • Operate forklifts, other equipment in a safe, efficient manner at all times
  • Maintain order and tidiness in areas of operation (boxes, forklifts, tools, etc
  • Ensure effective and timely preventative maintenance and continuous improvement
  • Assist and actively participate in problem solving and troubleshooting with both maintenance and production staff

Education & Experience:

  • Highschool diploma
  • Experience in a manufacturing/ production facility an asset

Key Skill / Competencies:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Dependable
  • Persistent
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with managers, truck drivers, employees, etc
  • Ability to listen to instruction, follow directions accurately, receive feedback and modify behavior accordingly
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends when required)
  • Able to lift, use tools, shovel, sweep, load & unload, and carry materials up to 50 pounds

Permanent, full-time position with health and dental benefits.

Average, 50 hours/week, with flexibility for evenings or Saturdays as required to complete operations.

E-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@peispuds.ca.