Sanitation Associate (East Coast)



Burlington, NJ, USA
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2022
Who we are:
Founded in 2013, Thistle is an early-stage food-tech startup empowering our customers to get and stay healthy while improving our food system’s sustainability. We deliver delicious, organic, healthy, plant-forward meals, cold-pressed juices, and snacks to customers on the West Coast at the elusive intersection of convenience, health, and sustainability.
We don’t want to be just another food delivery startup. Our focus is on our customers’ health and happiness, and we are revolutionizing how fresh, nutritious, high-quality food is purchased, manufactured, and delivered at scale. Thistle is headquartered in Vacaville, CA, and we are backed by some amazing investors.
About the Role:
Reporting to the Quality Assurance Manager, Sanitation Associates are responsible for performing routine sanitation tasks throughout our facility.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of the early team at Thistle’s brand new East Coast facility, located in Burlington, NJ, responsible for launching and growing Thistle East operations to bring delicious, plant-forward, and planet-friendly meals to customers on the East Coast.
The schedule is four days per week, ten hours per day, 6:00 am - 4:30 pm. This position is 100% onsite at our Burlington facility.

What you'll do

  • Follow set SOPs, Process Controls, and facility policies
  • Prioritize sanitation tasks based on production needs
  • Responsible for cleaning building and equipment following a Master Sanitation Schedule (MSS)
  • Perform Chemical concentration and verify results
  • Know and take steps to correct sanitizer concentration above Food Contact concentrations
  • Recognize soil types and use proper chemicals for removal
  • Properly use all sanitation equipment safely
  • Recognize and differentiate pH levels for adjusting and neutralizing solutions
  • Must protect product from contaminations while completing assigned tasks
  • Ensure cleaning is done correctly
  • Inspect equipment before and after cleaning for any possible contamination
  • Report any acts or conditions that may place our product at risk
  • Responsible for learning safety rules
  • Responsible for following safety rules

What you'll bring

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • 1+ years of manufacturing sanitation experience required
  • 1 - 3 years experience in a food manufacturing environment preferred
  • Mechanical aptitude with the capability to learn and follow instructions for disassembly and reassembly of food processing equipment.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent safe work habits at all times
  • Experience with OSHA programs highly preferred
  • Ability to complete and obtain various safety certifications within the first year
  • Experience with Sanitation Chemicals as well as the ability to complete and obtain various sanitation certificates within the first year
  • Clear and concise communicator, verbal and written
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Must be able to work as a member of a team
  • Experience in a food manufacturing environment preferred
  • Overtime, weekend and holiday work, as required
  • The ability to manually move, lift, carry, pull, or push objects up to 50 pounds.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential values at Thistle. We know we do our best and most impactful work when we feel we are represented and belong. We're proud to actively recruit and hire talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.