• Creamery
  • 11
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Who are we?

Zingerman's Creamery is a wholesale Cheese and Gelato Maker, and Retail shop (the Cream Top Shop), we also offer cheese tastings and cheese making classes. We sell to specialty food stores, grocery stores, cafes and restaurants from coast to coast.  We are committed to the success of artisan dairy in the state of Michigan.


Our Mission Statement

Zingerman's Creamery is committed to making and selling hand crafted cheeses and other traditional dairy foods. Collaborating from farm to market, passionately engaging all. Working  to make our community and world a better place.

Where are we?

Zingerman's Creamery is located on the south side of Ann Arbor at 3723 Plaza Drive. While there is a bus stop within walking distance, the Creamery is NOT located on AATA bus route.

Are there any benefits or perks?

  • Health insurance, 401k, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible spending plans (dependent care)
  • Company contribution to Health insurance (for full time crew out of basic orientation)
  • 401k match (for full time crew out of basic orientation)
  • PTO (Paid time off) you earn it and you can take it with you when you leave. (for crew out of basic orientation)
  • Free cheesemaking classes, tastings and events
  • Up to 50% discount on cheese and gelato from the Creamery
  • Discounts at other Zingerman's businesses (for all crew out of basic orientation)
  • Paid training
  • Paid lunch breaks
  • 25% reimbursement on any massage

Join Zingerman's Creamery as a Cheese Maker!

This position will specifically be working with cheese including the daily processing of milk and curds. Dish washing and cleaning are major components of this job. All work at the Creamery requires some amount of flexibility and cross training is available to the motivated individual.


$11.00/hour to start with an increase to $11.50/hour after basic orientation. $12 within the first year, and passports available to train in different areas.

Full-Time, 30-40 hours/week

Shifts are typically between 6am-8pm. Four Weekdays and One Weekend day Required.

Performance Expectations - Essential Functions

  • Prepares materials for cheese making (i.e. dishwashing, sanitizing all workspaces and equipment)
  • Completes a variety of cheese making tasks  (i.e. hand-forming, washing, bagging, ladling, flipping, molding etc.)
  • Keeps cheese production clean on a daily and weekly basis
  • Follows all Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures
  • Turns Aging cheeses
  • Washes dishes
  • Uses all equipment safely
  • Keep a clean and sanitary work area at all time
  • Completes all tasks timely
  • Follows all SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and works to continuously improve them as needed
  • Participates in Creamery and Production meetings

Other Functions

  • Assists in other departments as needed
  • Participates in Zingerman's events and learnings

Success Patterns

  • At least 2 or more years of production or kitchen experience
  • Has a passion and desire for learning
  • Able to follow through with instructions
  • Enjoys working as part of a team
  • Able to follow recipes and stay on schedule
  • Enjoys working with food (especially cheese and gelato)

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to multi task
  • Organized
  • On time and reliable
  • Effective Communicator
  • Ability to do monotonous tasks meticulously
  • Asks lots of questions - always!
  • Can self-manage
  • Is enthusiastic
  • Willing to rotate between many varied jobs

Physical Demands

  • Must stand, lift and bend for duration of an 8-9 hour shift
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly during an 8-9 hour shift at or above waist height
  • Must be comfortable with repetitive motion
  • Able to bend, stretch and perform tasks that may be awkward at times
  • Able to deal with being wet while working
  • Working with mechanical equipment
  • Must be able to work in a humid environment for an 8-9 hour shift (75 degrees)
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