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Forklift Operator (1st Shift)


HAzleton, PA, US, 18201

Job Type:  Bakery Operations

Job Description

Job Title

  • Operator 3 Bakery-Warehouse Finished Good Handler/Receiver Relief Mid Shift- 10 AM - 6:15 PM 


  • Hazleton, PA


  • Shipping/Receiving

Reporting to

  • Shipping Manager/Supervisor

Position Purpose

Responsible for accurate physical shipping and receiving and inspection of materials/product in order to maintain food safety, quality and integrity of inventory.  Ensures proper handling of finished goods, raw materials and packaging within shipping and to other departments as needed. This is a relief position so flexibility is a requirement. Proper reporting and disposal of products that do not meet company standards.


Key Accountabilities

Applies basic skills to insure that all finished goods being shipped and/or received meet quality and food safety requirements. Maintains all necessary shipping records, insures all product quality issues identified on the shift are immediately placed on hold physically and in SAP WM system.  Ensure proper set up for next shift and passes down all relevant information to all. Comply with company code of conduct through working safely and efficiently both in a team and individual environment. Insure that all damaged materials are reported to Supervisor and/or Manager and complete recording of all paperwork relating to job duties. Understand and implement the Aryzta values throughout all job duties to insure all company and customer needs are met. Perform all tasks as directed by the Shipping/Receiving supervisor and Manager


  • Ensure all finished goods with potential quality concerns are placed on hold.
  • Ability to keep up with fast paced environment, place palletized product in freezer racking safely, and troubleshoot palletizer as necessary.
  • Prepare necessary shipping documents for all production received into shipping on a daily basis.  
  • Be capable of completing all outbound and inbound orders properly, completing all associated computer and paperwork associated with the load.  Insure customer orders have accurate product and quantities.
  • Minimize detention fees by loading trucks as they arrive for their appointments.
  • Inspect all trailers upon arrival and all pallets of finished goods prior to loading.
  • Inspection of storage facilities and materials in order to maintain food safety and quality.
  • Perform cycle counts of inventory as needed and requested
  • Observe and follow first in/first out (FIFO) of all finished goods, monitor for damages and inventory discrepancies.
  • Proper communication with coworkers and all other department(s) (i.e. Sanitation, Maintenance, or Quality Assurance) as needed, to include daily recaps within the shipping department.  All positions are part of a team and must communicate and work together to insure a safe and efficient work flow.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean, sanitary, and organized work area.
  • Know, understand, and follow safe operating procedures and Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Actively participate with the team, through problem solving, planning, and team decision-making with individual accountability.
  • Perform training of new shipping employees and assist in other training activities which support the shipping/receiving department.
  • Flexibility in job assignments as designated by a supervisor and/or manager.
  • Knows, understands and follows standard forklift operating and safety procedures.
  • Ability to learn how to operate the yard jockey truck to move trailers as needed,
  • Perform all other duties as required or assigned.  


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills, good written and verbal communication skills within the facility and with external contacts, in English.
  • Ability to read and write in English, and use of basic math and time keeping.
  • Computer literate in Excel and Microsoft Outlook. Able to access, enter, and retrieve data

using a computer terminal and retrieve information from production schedules.

  • Able to work independently with little supervision and make logistical decisions

Education, Technical Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Proficiency Level


  • High school diploma, GED and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Stand up forklift experience


  • 2-3 years previous work history in a food manufacturing facility/light industrial environment preferred


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Standing, walking, climbing, bending, twisting, stooping may be required while performing these job duties.
  • Able to lift or move (push or drag) 50 lbs.
  • Frequently carrying more than 30 lbs.
  • Requires an employee to have adequate communication and observational skills.
  • Frequent head and neck movement.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Able to work at elevated heights with proper fall protection
  • Employee may be required to work in areas that are cold, wet, dusty, slippery, or hot.
  • Frequently working in areas of loud noise.
  • May require employees to work in small/confined, or elevated areas.
  • Schedule subject to change, based on needs.
  • Weekends, Holidays, and Overtime as required.