Job Title:  Operator I

Req ID:  40432
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Minneapolis, MN, US, 55433


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

$2,000 Sign and Stay Bonus!

About Us:

At STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies (AST), We are One Team with One Goal.  Through a network of nearly 60 facilities globally, STERIS AST has been committed to patient safety by providing contract sterilization services to the medical device, pharmaceutical, consumer, and industrial communities for over 50 years.  Our sterilization services ensure the safety of those who use these products, including our families, our friends, and ourselves. 

The hourly pay rate for the Operator I position is $ 25.41/hr., plus shift differential (as applicable). Annual merit, bonus and incentive plans are also offered. This position works a 6AM - 6PM (Sunday to Tuesday) 6AM - 12 PM (Wednesday) shift and offers overtime potential based on business needs.   

What you will do with us:

Responsible for processing Customer product under their care, custody and control, utilizing industrial sterilization modalities in a highly regulated FDA, ISO and GMP environment. Responsible for the safe operation of processing equipment in accordance with all (Federal and State) operating regulations and procedures. Reviews and adheres to Customer provided work instructions and processing documents. Engages and embraces in Continuous Improvement, Lean, Quality, and Safety Initiatives. Depending on the modality in which this role operates (i.e. Gamma), this is a highly physical role – requiring strength and endurance.

Operational Excellence (100%)

  • Protects Customer product by assuring proper processing and handling according to operating procedures, Customer, quality, regulatory and internal company specifications; reviews and 
  • completes all appropriate processing documentation.
  • Ensures production schedule is followed and maintains critical product flow through the facility by effectively coordinating daily tasks and personnel to meet production demands and prevent unplanned downtime. Tasks include but are not limited to placing and retrieving dose verification devices, loading / unloading product into processing rooms and/or vessels; may 
  • load product onto pallets; stages processed product in shipping storage area.
  • Maintains required Operator certification(s), knowledge and understanding associated with the processing modality for which they are certified.
  • Operates and assists with the maintenance of the processing equipment to ensure the integrity of the sterilization process. Executes minor repairs, and initiates maintenance work orders for other repairs.
  • Monitors processing operation, control systems and equipment functionality to ensure safety and Customer specifications are met. Responds to process and equipment alarm conditions while acting within operational and safety guidelines.
  • Understands the scheduling process and can make recommendations to scheduling adjustments as needed.
  • Collaborates with supervision to ensure completion and effectiveness of training requirements, performance objectives and goals.
  • Contributes to a team effort by performing in accordance with all STERIS policies, GMP, Lean principles and other directives; supports the directives and decisions of higher-level management and performs other duties as assigned.

How you will learn your role:

  • Review work instructions along with vital policies and procedures 
  • Take part in on-the-job training, overseen by your Hiring Manager 
  • Demonstrate ability to meet the requirements of the job 

You'll be a great fit if you can:

  • Be dependable and reliable 
  • Be a collaborative team player 
  • Be attentive to detail 
  • Must successfully pass company Operator training program.
  • Must be certified to operate manual and motorized material handling equipment, including, but not limited to, forklifts, pallet jacks, elevators, conveyors, etc. and processing vessels or irradiators.
  • Possess specific licenses as required by law, i.e., New Jersey Pesticide Applicator’s License and Boilers License.
  • Subject to passing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) required background check.
  • Previous Material Handler experience preferred, plus completion of certification.
  • Ability to effectively read, write and verbally communicate.
  • Ability to work independently under general guidelines and supervision.
  • Requires ability to navigate through defined computer screens.
  • Above average organizing and analyzing skills and Level 2 math skills (four basic arithmetic functions in all units of measurement, decimals ratios, rates, percentages) to determine organizational, Customer and regulatory problems and formulate corrective action plans; attention to detail.
  • Able to adapt to changing duties and responsibilities.
  • Basic understanding of sterilization principles and need for extreme caution handling product.
  • Normal hearing range sufficient to hear alarms, bells, horns, etc.

Reasons you'll love working here:

This is an opportunity to join a company that will invest in you for the long-term. STERIS wouldn’t be where it is today without our incredible people, who take true pride in their work. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding employees for their hard work. We do this by providing competitive base salary plus bonus (as applicable), comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, paid PTO and holidays, 401K with company match.  


STERIS is a leading global provider of products and services that support patient care with an emphasis on infection prevention.  WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD by providing innovative healthcare, life sciences and dental products and services. STERIS is a $5 billion, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 17,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  40432
Job Category:  Manufacturing Operations

Minneapolis, MN, US, 55433

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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