Thorne - Powder Fill Operator

Post-Hire Training

Recruitment #10-285-10






In Cooperation With


Trident Technical College


is assisting with the recruitment and training for



Thorne Research 

Thorne Research’s mission is to redefine what it means to be well and to continue to push the limits of human potential. Their belief is that good health can always be made better. Because no one should be limited by a definition of health that is anything less than optimal. Finding out what your body needs is only half the solution. Giving it to you is the other half. They offer personal at-home tests to help understand your health and supplements to unlock your full potential. 

Potential employment opportunities exist for: 

Powder Fill Operator 

POSITION SUMMARY: The Powder Fill Operator follows Production Department procedures and performs specific duties based on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for the Production Department 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Satisfactorily performing and/or achieving the following Responsibilities are essential duties of the job. 

  • Employee becomes knowledgeable of the applicable provisions of the Production Department’s Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and follows them. Employee remains knowledgeable on an ongoing and timely basis as changes in the SOPs and GMPs occur. 
  • Employee takes a complete quality approach to conduct, in operating machines, and in producing Thorne products. 
  • Employee is at work as scheduled, starts work at the beginning of a shift, is on time to meetings, breaks/lunch, completes assigned tasks in a timely manner, works overtime as required. 
  • Employee knows and follows the Production Department policies and procedures and Thorne Research policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook. 
  • Employee pays attention to detail. Employee completes all production paperwork accurately, neatly and fully. 
  • In time, employee becomes cross-trained in other production areas. Employee willingly works in the different production areas as assigned by supervisor. 
  • Employee gets along with co-workers and supervisors. Employee responds appropriately to coaching and instructions from leads and/or supervisors. Employee follows the Standards of Conduct as outlined in the latest version of the Thorne Research Employee Handbook. 
  • Commits to the Powder Fill Credentialed Training program where the proper operating knowledge, skills and experience are acquired to meet the high quality of proficiency expected of a Thorne operator. 
  • Quickly sets up all phases of the blending, bottling and labeling equipment for smooth operation and maximum output. Follows instructions to inspect parts before assembly. Makes certain all parts are secured prior to run. 
  • Immediately notifies lead/supervisor of any machine problems or anomalies outside of normal operations that effect output and the well-being of the equipment or the quality of the product. 
  • Has sufficient knowledge of the blending, bottling and labeling equipment being operated to make adjustments, without supervision, within guidelines outlined in the applicable SOP and current Credentialed Training program level. 
  • Operates the forklifts properly, keeps certified annually, and maintains a safe working environment while doing so. 
  • Verifies MDR, batch record and product descriptions are correct. Verifies that set ups are correct (bottle weight, bottle size, lid, label details, etc.) 
  • Works with those assigned to area in the most efficient and professional manner and willingly assists in other areas as needed. 
  • Maintains a reasonable working pace while performing all duties. 
  • Once the employee is fully trained and certified in any of the following areas Ribbon Blender, Powder Fill (Packaging), and Labeling, they are capable of training operators on the equipment and tasks for that area. The trainer will assume the responsibility for the trainees’ performance until the trainee has been signed off to complete the tasks alone. 
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned. 
  • Promote an accountable, innovative, and results-oriented culture promoting openness, teamwork, mutual trust, and respect. 
  • Seek formal and informal performance assessments of self, including performance versus expectations and goals, behaviors, and leadership potential. 
  • Actively participate in required training and development programs and electives as suits one’s needs, and support colleagues, trainers, and management as appropriate with these efforts. 
  • Promote the Company’s Mission and Values, including an accountable, innovative, and results-oriented culture that promotes customer service, openness, teamwork, mutual trust, and respect. 

EXPERIENCE / COMPETENCIES / PROFICIENCIES: EXPERIENCE / COMPETENCIES / PROFICIENCIES: Satisfactorily achieving and/or meeting the following Experience, Competencies, and Proficiencies are essential duties of the job: 

Experience and/or Education: By training, education and/or experience, employee must be able to perform the essential duties of the job. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is preferred. 

Language Ability: Employee is able to read and understand written directions in English, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Thorne Research Employee Handbook. The Packaging Operator follows instructions, both verbal and written, and communicates effectively with supervisors and fellow employees. 

Math Ability: Employee has the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in the units of measurement used in the Production Department, using whole numbers and decimals (for example, grams) 

Reasoning Ability: During disassembly and assembly of machines, employee is able to discern that the parts and tools are the correct ones for the tasks at hand. 

Computer and Technical Skills: Demonstrates proficiency in the use of the equipment and software required to accomplish the responsibilities of the position. 

  • Develop and deliver on assigned objectives within requested timeframes. 
  • Possess good interpersonal skills. 
  • Engage others in a positive manner. 
  • Possess strong attention to detail. 
  • Possess strong verbal and communication skills. 
  • Raise issues and concerns promptly. 
  • Document and present work in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Possess knowledge of the computers and software required to accomplish the Responsibilities of the job 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Being able to meet the Physical Demands of the job is an essential duty of the job. Employees at Thorne Research perform the Responsibilities of their jobs in various manufacturing, warehousing, and administrative areas. The various departments at Thorne Research include Production, Operations, Quality, Accounting/Finance, Medical Affairs, Administration, Information Technology, Maintenance, Engineering, Customer Service, and Sales. 

  • Must be medically qualified to work while using a half-mask respirator or a full-air respirator for up to four hours at a time and be able to follow Thorne Research’s Respiratory Protection Program guidelines. 
  • Must be able to work in a stationary position as well as move about unassisted. 
  • Must be able to safely and carefully operate and use assigned production equipment and machinery. 
  • Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl as circumstances arise during the course of a shift as well as climb a ladder unassisted. 
  • Must be able to operate, activate, use, prepare, and clean production equipment, occasionally grasping with force and using twisting wrist movements. 
  • Must have sufficient range of motion with arms and hands to reach overhead and to the side, often repetitively, during a 12-, 10- or 8-hour shift. 
  • Must be able to hear and converse with supervisors and other employees. 
  • Must be able to see and read small print. 
  • Must be able to work in a moderate noise level environment. 
  • Must be able to work a 12-, 10- or 8-hour shift and overtime as assigned, sometimes in and enclosed room. Must be able to lift unassisted approximately 30kg (66 pounds) from floor to waist, slowly and carefully, often repetitively, during a 12-, 10- or 8-hour shift. 
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment as required
  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance. 
  • Employees are expected to meet the Physical Demands of their job, which is an essential duty of this job. If requested and deemed appropriate, Thorne Research will provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee to meet the Physical Demands of the job.

An Equal Opportunity Employer