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Forklift Operator (Ontario) 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment 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.
Category Manufacturing/Operations  
Location Ontario, CA Plant  
Req Number MAN-13-00102  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Shift Third  
About the Organization Ventura Foods is a leading national manufacturer and marketer of branded and custom made shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces, margarines, culinary bases and pan coatings for the foodservice and retail industries. From East to West, Ventura keeps pace with the dynamic food marketplace by delivering high quality products at competitive prices. In fact, our company's growth is fueled by long-lasting profitable partnerships that benefit all parties. We do this by meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world by applying the strengths of our commercial resources, the talents of our employees and the opportunities created by new technologies. Throughout our rich history, one thing hasn't changed: the dedication to our customers and the consumers we are proud to serve.


Perform distribution duties as assigned by Supervisor. These activities may include Receiving, Truck Unloading, Order selection, Product Staging and Order Shipping. These duties are performed both in support of the Production Department and in support of the Customer Shipping Warehouse. Operate an electric powered lift truck, pallet jack or other electric powered material handling equipment, to support the receipt, storage, selection and shipment of products. Performs various duties associated with the overall sanitation and cleanliness of the warehouse storage and dock areas. Uses Radio Frequency scanners and systems to support product receipt, storage, selection and shipment. Reviews documents including but not limited to Purchase Orders, Bills of Lading, Inventory Control Sheets, Picking Tickets and Production Schedules and discerns information required for the performance of normal operations in the assigned area. Reviews order special instructions and customer requirements. Insures orders are selected in a manner acceptable to customer. Performs a daily inspection of the lift truck noting any issues with the vehicle mechanics or safety conditions. May be required to perform audit checks of other person's work. Other non-routine duties as assigned. Maintaining complete and accurate records for filling orders. Complete forklift checklist and turn in at the end of shift. Other non-routine duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

High school diploma or GED, or 3-5 years experience in a Warehouse / Production environment. Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices. Minimum of 3-5 years of driving experience as a licensed/certified forklift operator. 1-2 years as a forklift driver in a food manufacturing environment. Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Able to write simple correspondence and routine reports. Able to operate a forklift and demonstrate excellent driving skills. Must be able to pass skills test for license/certification as well as written test for sit down and stand up forklift and practical forklift operator test. Computer literate. Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks. Dexterity in handling bulky objects. Strong communication skills to interact with truckers, tucking companies, coworkers, other departments and management. Knowledge of CIP systems and chemical handling knowledge. Possess good math skills needed to accurately verify product quantities.

Physical Activity/Work Environment
Travel - 0% Driving - 80%
Prolonged Sitting – up to 75% Prolonged Standing/Walking – up to 75%
Climbing, Crawling, Pushing, Pulling, Lifting (50 lbs.) - 20%
Finger-Hand Manipulation (e.g. 10-key, typing) - 20%
Prolonged VDT use (Video Display Terminal) - 50%
Temperature - 20% Noise - 20%
Dust - 20% Fumes - 20%
Other Safety Hazards:
Forklift Traffic - 100%
Electrical/Chemical - 5%




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