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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:

Consolidate the individual units on a pallet for proper storage or immediate transfer to the customer and/or consumer. Work in a manufacturing environment following appropriate policies and procedures to ensure successful execution of position responsibilities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sets up and assembles palletizer for production run
  • Sets the number and pattern for each pallet and each order. Ensure that product is properly stacked on pallets by following the designated pallet patterns, minimizing or avoiding overhang, stacking cases straight, stacking cases without leaning and cross-tying tiers, as required. Visually inspect shippers prior to stacking for unsealed cases, damaged cases, stained cases, and cases with illegible, incorrect, or missing code dates
  • Quality inspection of each individual pallet before transfer to shipping ensuring that they are not dirty, have broken or missing boards, have protruding nails or are wet. Ensure that product is stacked on the correct pallet (CHEP, Grade A White, Phytosanitary, etc.). Transport pallets with a pallet-jack
  • Maintains operational sanitation including trash removal and re-boxing of damage, as assigned
  • Assist in loading tape onto tape machines and adjusting tape machines. Operate a semi-automatic shrink-wrap machine to ensure that pallets are properly wrapped
  • Maintains documentation of production output
  • Communicates and shifts handoff to oncoming operator
  • Good transactional discipline. Accurate scanning of productions cases produced
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent experience
  • 1 or more years of experience

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Requires good judgment, strength and stamina
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work at a fast pace
  • 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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