Machine Operator in Fort Madison, IA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 4/27/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for a Machine Packaging Operator who will join our Liquids Manufacturing team in Ft. Madison, IA.



  • Starting pay of $20/hr paid biweekly



  • Automatic pay increase while on the step progression program



  • .50/hr shift differential


Machine Packaging Operators are the core of our liquids manufacturing operation. They control automated liquid bottle filling machinery and feed components onto assembly conveyors and other equipment. If you’re looking for a fast paced, high energy environment, this could be the role for you!

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Adhere to plant safety rules and programs as it pertains to self and all other associates, including performing audits, safety suggestions, and participation in safety rotation of jobs.
  • Operates and tends automated machinery that performs one or more liquid bottling packaging functions, to assist in meeting assembly line production schedules.
  • Ability to learn multiple pieces of automated equipment and flexibility to move to different machinery daily.
  • Feed components onto assembly conveyor, into hoppers, machinery or other devices to maintain continuous production. Replenish and unload components, such as corrugated cardboard, glue, plastic wrap, pumps, inserts, bottles, caps, labels, sprayers, etc., avoiding breaks in production assembly process.
  • Manually assemble/install various liquid packaging component parts including but not limited to sprayers, caps, box dividers, cases, display units, etc.
  • Clean, lubricate, reassemble, install, troubleshoot and adjust assembly line equipment to meet yearly and daily maintenance requirements and to complete frequent reconfiguration of assembly lines in preparation for changing product runs.
  • Effectively communicate and relay information to peers and supervisors concerning the performance of the production line as it pertains to the assembly, operation and performance of the line.
  • Continuously look for methods, procedural changes, or equipment modifications to improve line output and efficiencies and communicate appropriately.
  • Perform various manufacturing inspection protocols to ensure plant quality standards on liquid packaging products and display units.


What you’ll need to be successful:

  • High School Diploma / GED, preferred.
  • Minimum 1 year experience as a machine operator, production operator or equivalent position in a high speed manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Basic math skills, mechanical aptitude, ability to make decisions regarding equipment adjustments to meet product specifications and quality conformity.
  • Ability to follow the directions provided in verbal or non-verbal format.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn multiple machines or operations.
  • Must be a team player and promote teamwork amongst productions lines, departments and shifts.
  • Available to work any shift and overtime as needed.


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

  • Up to 34 paid days off each year

    • 13 paid company holidays  

    • 12 paid vacation days (accrued monthly)  

    • 7 paid sick days (56 hours, accrued monthly)

    • 2 community service days

  • Three Medical plans to choose from with an option to participate in a health screening to earn substantial wellness incentives

    • Basic PPO Plan

    • Premium PPO Plan

    • High Deductible Health Saving Account (HSA) Plan with a company contribution

  • New hire benefits coverage begins within a month of your start date: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Vacation and Sick Time

  • Benefits are available to you, your spouse/domestic partner and your children

  • 401(k) company match up to 7.5% with immediate participation and vesting

  • Ability to purchase company stock at a 15% discounted price from market value

  • Fitness and nutrition reimbursements

  • Adoption, fertility and surrogacy assistance

  • 10 weeks of Parental Leave (4 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid)

  • Tuition reimbursement for Professional Certifications, Associate and Bachelor degree programs, and Graduate degree programs

  • To view all of our great benefits, click here

* Eligibility for the above benefits may vary based on full-time/part-time status or additional factors.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro 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 Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.