Why a Signature Career at Harlan might be for you.

Food is life and the Food Professionals at Harlan help to feed 1 in 10 people in America.  Having a valuable mission and purpose in your life can be as important as a good paycheck. Actually, wouldn't both be nice?

Think about it.  When you go out with your family or friends to a popular restaurant and when the delicious breadsticks are delivered to your table, how would you feel when you say to those sitting around the table, "Hey, I made that".  How about when you go through the drive thru and in the bag you open are products you have made or as you walk through the isle in the grocery store, you see products that you helped make be put into shopping carts.

Being proud of what you do really comes to life with these examples, doesn't it?

Food Manufacturing isn't for everyone.  We are looking for people committed to more than just showing up for a job.  We are looking for professionals that want more out of life and seek real upward mobility.

We'd like to share our company Newsletter, 'The Dish' with you so you get a feel of what we are about.  We are a family owned company that has been in business for 30 years.  Our jobs are not seasonal and we want to work along side other professionals that are seeking stability and are willing to invest in themselves in order to move up into more pay, more responsibility and authority in their roles.

Take a look at the latest issue of The Dish.  If you like what you see, set up an interview here or simply visit us in Avon, Indiana during the week to participate in our open interviews.

Either way, we would love to meet you!


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Begin your career as a Harlan Food Professional today!

Our career opportunities are diverse and provide competitive pay and benefits!

There are four simple steps involved in becoming a Certified Food Professional.

  1. Click here to apply for a new career as a Food Professional.
  2. Schedule and successfully complete your new career interview
  3. Successfully complete your 1 day on-boarding process.  Click here to follow a recent New Hire Class through the Harlan On-Boarding Process
  4. Successfully complete your New Hire & Apprentice Food Professional training

We need you to make the decision and take the action to begin your journey to career growth.  Together, we will successfully  help you achieve your goal to become a Certified Food Professional!

Here are some frequently asked questions which will help you in deciding whether a new career as a Food Professional is for you.

Q: What are the certifications Harlan offers?

A:  The most common is the Harlan CFP certification.  To be eligible for the CFP Certification, team members must first complete the AFP process.

AFP stands for Apprentice Food Professional.  This phase lasts 90 days from completing the on-boarding and initial training process.  During your AFP training period, you will learn the basics of your role and tasks as well as the foundational elements for both product quality, communication, safety.  During this time, you will undergo how the team you are assigned to works as well as the production line or team you are affiliated with.  At the end of your apprenticeship, you will take a certification test and graduate to your CFP (Certified Food Professional) training period.

Your CFP or Certified Food Professional training period will last approximately 8 weeks.  During this time, you will learn detailed information on how to fully master and excel in your role.  You will also learn, and commit to memory, every aspect of manufacturing and plant safety.  You will master and commit to memory every aspect associated with product manufacturing quality.

Harlan is the only food manufacturer to offer this certification to employees.

As part of this process, you will be taught more advanced communication and team collaboration techniques.  During your CFP training process, all of these advanced skill will be put to practice as well.  During this time period you will be scored by your supervisor as well as complete training and testing modules through our learning management system.

As your CFP training period concludes, you will take a final test and graduate to CFP (Certified Food Professional).

Q: What level of certification makes the most sense for me?

A: All employees must fall within one of three groups- New Hire Trainees, Apprentice Food Professional or Certified Food Professional.  As your career advances, you will have the opportunity to also graduate to higher CFP levels.  The below chart breaks down the different levels which include Several CFP Levels based on role and responsibility as well as Master CFP Options based on skill and expertise gained on the job.

Q: How will an AFP/CFP certification help in my career progression within Harlan?

A: Like many advanced certifications or degrees, having the CFP designation indicates to the industry that you have mastered specific best-practices as well as meet and/or exceed industry accepted standards and practices.  As your CFP Certifications expand, so does upward mobility!

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the AFP/CFP certifications?

A: First, you must be a legal resident of the country in which the Harlan facility you are applying to resides (i.e. United States or Canada).  You must have proficiency in speaking, reading and understand the English language.  English is our language for quality and safety.

Second, you must successfully complete your New Hire period.  This means showing up for work on time and each day.  During your New Hire period, you will be assigned a Harlan Food Professional Mentor.  Engaging with and learning from your mentor is also a requirement to be eligible for moving from New Hire to AFP and from AFP to CFP.

Q: How do I keep my certification valid?

A: Each manufacturing line must meet certain defined performance criteria, including that team members all being in good standing.  This means all employees tied to a specific team (such as maintenance, shipping, etc.) or a specific manufacturing line must be in good standing as a New Hire, AFP or CFP.  Also, each team and line must successfully complete and pass on-going audits.  If all Food Professionals are in good standing and their team or line passes the audits, they achieve Center of Excellence certification.

Also, each CFP must re-certify for their CFP status annually.  Certification remains valid as long as they successfully re-certify and their team or line have an active COE status.  Not passing your CFP re-certification or your team/line's inability to regain a lost COE status will invalidate the CFP status of team members affiliated with that team or production line.

At Harlan, excellence in attitude and performance is rewarded.


What do Harlan benefits look like?

Harlan offers competitive benefits for all its Food Professionals.  These include:

Details on these benefits are outlined to you during the interview process.  We look forward to you getting started on your Food Professional Journey so apply today!  Click here to get started now!

Beginning a new career as a Food Professional is easy as counting 1-2-3.

Are you frustrated with having a job but knowing that job offers you very little future? Do you ever think about rising up the ranks but wonder how you are going to make that happen?

Every day you probably work hard in your job but are your efforts working for you in return? At the end of this year, will you be any closer to a larger role with more responsibility, authority and pay?

Do you want more from your work life than you are getting? If you are willing to invest in yourself, leave the job behind and begin building a career as a Food Professional. We are hiring talented, motivated and committed team members who aspire to be certified professionals.

Moving into a rewarding career is easier than you might think.  Click here to see how simple changing your life can be.

  1. Pick a role that you think is a good fit for you.
  2. Complete your application here.
  3. In 24 hours, our HR team will contact you to schedule your interview.

It is that simple!  If you are looking to improve your work life, becoming a Harlan Food Professional is the best way to kickstart a new and prosperous career!