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Forklift Lead


Santa Ana, CA, US, 92705

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.



3rd Shift

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Key Accountabilities

Operates a stand-up forklift to safely transport ingredients, materials, and equipment to the correct destination. Forklift drivers are a fundamental part of warehouse and production operations. 


  • Responsible for overseeing shift warehouse staff to ensure daily tasks are completed correctly.
  • Uses stand-up forklift to transport materials to and from trucks, shipping & receiving docks, and various stock and storage locations.
  • Works closely with Warehouse Supervisor regarding performance management of department personnel, and any other issues.  Provides translation as needed.
  • Verifies supplies and equipment in stock against what is documented prior to movement of material.
  • Oversees verification of lot code numbers, product type, and quantity of each load moved on their shift using scanning guns.
  • Keeps stock tracking records and other simple records of quantities of items moved, storage locations, and daily records of work performed.
  • Moves trailers in/out of loading area for outbound/inbound loads
  • Moves stock, pallets, and other items manually as required
  • Creates work schedules following Company standards.
  • Is primary back-up to Warehouse Supervisor in his absence.
  • Follows rules and regulations to ensure food safety, quality, and legality.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Needs to work closely with production supervisors and leads for specific needs for daily production.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Bilingual English/Spanish, Elementary level literacy
  • 1-2 Years Stand Up forklift experience, preferred
  • In-house Forklift Certification, HACCP & GMP training (in-house)





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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed required to work near moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather).  The employee is occasionally exposed to extreme heat or cold (non-weather), and to rapid changes in temperature.  The employee must be able to tolerate a work environment that contains flour dust.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can get loud.




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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk; and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


This position requires employee to have adequate communicating and observational skills, including seeing, speaking and hearing, due to the operation of various types of moving equipment used in the bakery.  These requirements are for the safety of the employee and co-workers.  These requirements are also necessary for collecting and distributing information to staff, and communicating with co-workers.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and color vision.





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.