Cheese Maker in Training
Manufacuring Company - Schomberg, ON

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Position Overview:
The candidate should have a love of making cheese and creating edibles, have some scientific knowledge, a love for working indoors, the strength to lift heavy weights, an ability to work in damp and strong scented conditions. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to take initiative in a dynamic environment. Strong English communication skills, both written and verbal, and should be able to work independently or as part of a team.

Job Requirements

  • Food production experience is a must
  • Cook milk and specified ingredients to make cheese, according to formula
  • Pasteurize and separate milk to obtain butterfat content and protein
  • Turn valve to fill vat with milk and heat milk to specified temperature
  • Dump measured amounts of calcium chloride and starter into milk
  • Start agitator to mix ingredients
  • Test sample of milk for acidity and allow agitator to mix ingredients until specified level of acidity reach
  • Dump and mix measure amount of rennet into milk
  • Stop agitator to allow milk to coagulate into curd
  • Pull curd knives through curd or separate curd with hand scoop to release whey
  • Observe thermometer, adjusts steam valve and starts agitator to stir and cook curd at prescribed temperature for specified time
  • Squeeze and stretch sample of curd with fingers and extend cooking time for firmness or texture
  • Receive direction to cheese maker or other workers to make curd, drain whey from curd, add ingredients, such as seasonings, cut, pile and pump and press curd into specified shapes
  • Oversee workers to ensure that proper GMPs follow
  • Taste, smell, feel and observe sample of cheese for quality
  • Record amount of ingredients used, test results, time cycles and corrective actions
  • Make variation in time cycles and ingredients used for succeeding batches to ensure optimum yields and product quality
  • Assist in the formulation development of new cheeses and optimization of formula for current cheese to ensure maximum yield and product quality
  • Direct other workers who immerse cheese in brine and place or turn cheese blocks on shelves to cure cheese and or clean vats

Key Competencies

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects within a fast paced environment;
  • Must be able to work in a team
  • Strong problem solving and time management skills
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Strong commitment to customer service
  • Leadership skills