Forklift Operator


Hazleton, PA, US, 18201

Job Type:  Bakery Operations

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



As a Forklift Operator, you will handle the storage, shipping, and receiving of our products. You will operate a forklift to load and unload trucks, place products in freezer racking, and inspect trailers, pallets, and storage facilities. You will also prepare shipping documents, troubleshoot palletizer issues, and communicate with other departments. You will follow safety and quality standards, participate in team activities, train new employees, and perform other duties as assigned. 



  • Ensure all finished goods with potential quality concerns are placed on hold.
  • Ability to keep up with a fast-paced environment, place palletized product in freezer racking safely, without damage to the product, and troubleshoot palletizer as necessary.
  • Attention to detail to ensure the accuracy of own work at the end of each shift
  • Prepare necessary shipping documents for all products received for shipping on a daily basis.  
  • Be capable of completing all outbound and inbound orders properly, completing all associated computers and paperwork associated with the load.  Insure customer orders have accurate products 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, and monitor for damages and inventory discrepancies.
  • Proper communication with coworkers and all other departments (i.e. Sanitation, Maintenance, or Quality Assurance) as needed, to include daily recaps within the shipping department.  
  • 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.  



  • High school diploma, GED, and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2-3 years previous work history in a food manufacturing facility/light industrial environment preferred
  • Stand-up forklift experience preferred
  • Strong communication skills, good written and verbal communication skills within the facility and with external contacts


Shift: 3rd  (10:00 pm to 06:15 am)


Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.