Formulations Operator in Keokuk, IA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 9/18/2020

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 Formulations Operator who will grow at our Operations Facility in Ft. Madison, IA!

During this time of uncertainty, Scotts Miracle-Gro is taking extra precautions to protect the health, safety and financial wellness of our associates. We have created a coronavirus (COVID-19) response team and are monitoring the impact of coronavirus daily. We have taken additional measures to ensure proper sanitation of our facilities for our front line associates.


This position will be responsible for performing various jobs associated with the formulation of lawn/garden products and management of the plant utilities and hazardous waste system.

What you'll do in this role:

  • Monitor plant utility operations: water treatment, Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems, air compressor systems, and steam and condensate systems.
  • Assist with the formulation process.  Work includes, but is not limited to, the batching process, transferring of products to storage tanks, and entering production work orders.
  • Unload tank trucks and rail cars of bulk raw materials.
  • Work closely with planning, lab, and production teams to assure the availability of quality products when required.
  • Assist in production line changeovers.  Work includes, but is not limited to, providing rinse materials, totes, hoses, antifoam, and piping connections.
  • Stage raw materials (drum, totes, bags, super sacks) to the formulation process using automated equipment such as, but not limited to, forklifts and drum haulers once training is complete.
  • Follow prescribed directions to calculate the amount of chemicals needed to formulate the volume of product specified in the production schedule once training is complete.
  • Assist with the inventory of raw material process and management of all plant waste streams. Will work with the hazardous waste streams once properly trained and qualified.
  • Follow all safety procedures and practices and use proper safety equipment for each specific job assigned or area involved.  Perform safety inspections or checks. 
  • Must actively maintain and improve housekeeping in the department and assigned area.
  • Completes special projects or other duties as assigned.



The perfect person will have:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Flexible around work hours, rotating shifts, and available for overtime
  • Requires strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Math skills, including knowledge of the metric system (conversions of weights and volumes)
  • Must have moderate computers skills and knowledge of current software (Excel, Word, SAP, Gmail)
  • Must be able to wear a variety of personal protective equipment; including respirators
  • Ability to work safely around various chemicals and promote safe work practices
  • Good attendance
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with the team members at all levels and follow written and oral instructions
  • General understanding of machinery and mechanics is required
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must possess the aptitude to make sound judgments in regards to associate safety
  • Ability to operate forklift
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds
  • Ability to stand, stoop, bend, twist, climb and lift for duration of shift
  • Follow all Safety Guidelines to ensure that all associates remain uninjured

What we do for our associates (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).

  • 12 SMG paid holiday and generous vacation policy

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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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.

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