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Kayem Foods, Inc. Team Lead - Purelink 1st shift in Chelsea, Massachusetts

SUMMARY: Responsible for aiding supervisor in real-time management of operations. In absence of supervisor, Team Leader is responsible for maintaining the flow of production. The Team Leader ensures that the product is made properly, in the correct quantities, and at the correct time asper the customers’ specifications.


  • Inspect all products for any non-conforming items before leaving the department

  • Correct non-conforming items or hold product and notify supervisor

  • Assist new employees and trainees in learning correct methods and procedures

  • Coordinate personnel to staff lines to productivity standards

  • Start lines on time and after every break

  • Coordinate lines to meet scheduled deadlines most efficiently

  • Produce to scheduled quantities

  • Provide constructive guidance to employees on correct methods and procedures

  • Ensure production crews produce product when needed

  • Communicate to the supervisor on mechanical, material, and personnel proficiencies and deficiencies in a timely manner

  • Enforce all safety rules and procedures (i.e., lock-out/tag-out, personal protective equipment, etc.)

  • learn about all equipment, procedures, set up the line, fill out papers etc.

  • Maintain clean, sanitary, and safe work practices, tools and area

  • Fill out all required paperwork as requested


  • Have experience or working knowledge of processing equipment operation, processing specifications, and labeling requirements

  • Must also have basic knowledge of mathematics and calculations relating to the production

  • Good English skills and be able to complete required paperwork (productivity reports and other miscellaneous paperwork)

  • Capable of regularly lifting and /or move up to 50 lbs. and occasionally lift or move up to 75 lbs.

  • Ability to work on production floor; a wet, cold, and loud environment

  • Previous food manufacturing experience a plus

Company Overview

Kayem Foods is a family owned and operated craft meat business that has been making New England’s favorite franks, sausages, and prepared meats in Chelsea, Mass. since its founding by Kaz Monkiewicz back in 1909. Well over 100 years later, we are the largest meat processor in New England and still pushing our craft to the next level – tweaking recipes to have the perfect flavors and extending our expertise into delicious new areas and collaborations – such as Kayem’s Night Shift Brewing Small Batch Beer Brats. One thing will never change, it’s our “Old World” food philosophy: to only make food we would share with our own friends and family. We offer the opportunity for professional growth and to make a difference in a flexible and collaborative environment.

Kayem offers competitive wages and benefits to full time employees. Kayem benefits include:

  • Healthcare Insurance, and Dental (pre-tax and effective first day of employment)

  • Vision (pre-tax and effective the 1st day of the month after start of employment)

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan (Health Care Reimbursement and Dependent Care (effective 1st day of employment)


  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (effective 1st day of employment and no cost to employee)

  • Safe Harbor 401(K) Retirement Plan (with employer matching contributions of up to 3% plus 50% of your contributions up to 5%)

  • Vacation Pay, Paid Time Off (PTO) and Holidays

  • Education Reimbursement (eligible after 6 months of continuous employment and up to $3,000 for career development)

  • Opt-Out Medical Rebate, Doctor on Demand, and Wellness Initiatives for those who are eligible!

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