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Forklift Operator, Lead



Location: Birmingham 

Exemption: Nonexempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

To lead and train Forklift Operators on proper procedures of loading and unloading various packaging and finished products from truck trailers to meet customer orders, to prevent damage to pallets and product and on moving products within facility in preparation for shipment by driving an electric powered industrial truck, equipped with devices such as forks or clamps and pushing, pulling, lifting and/or stacking products or materials as required. Operate the RF scanner to ensure accurate inventory location within warehouse.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Operate the RF hand held scanner. Using a load sheet, verify carrier and pallet quantity before loading on truck trailer. Inspect pallets to prevent product damage and missing cases. Inspect all trailers to ensure cleanliness and compliance with GMPs. Unload packaging and branch transfer products from trailers. Scan all pallets to ensure they are in the correct location. Complete load sheet. Verify code dates, label allergen, leakers, caps and wrong packaging, etc.
  • Perform pre-op inspection of forklift before operation. Change, inspect, and charge batteries per SOPs. Document changes. Check assigned aisles in warehouse to clean and maintain
  • Follow all GMP, safety, sanitation, personnel, and security policies and procedures, consistently. Compliance with OSHA, EPA, PSM, HACCP, and customer requirements
  • Transfer pallets to the production area. Monitor palletizer on production lines. Operate stretch wrap machine as needed. Keep pallets in the pallet dispenser for production lines. Operate the pallet inverter when necessary
  • Report items in need of repair for completion of work order. Report leaks for completion of UMI tags and attached to equipment
  • Back-up clerks using AS400, train new employees, solve over weight trailer issues
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned
Education and Experience:
  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of experience as a forklift operator
  • Warehouse distribution environment experience preferred
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Must have been previously licensed/certified as a forklift driver and be able to pass skills test for license/certification as well as written test for sit down and stand up forklift
  • Good math skills are required
  • Must be able to read, write and communicate effectively
  • Must be able to identify and report any food safety and food security concerns


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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