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forklift driver carrying out his jobExample 1: Forklift Driver Job Description

Job Summary:

The Forklift Driver will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Finished Goods, Shipping Operations and Rework Operations.

Forklift driver on the job.
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Job Description:

The Forklift Driver will perform all or some of the following duties & responsibilities:

  • Move finished product from production lines, to stretch wrappers, to the shuttle trailers

  • Assist in keeping the stretch wrappers running and stocked with wrap

  • Complete transfer manifest for each trailer loaded

  • Maintain good housekeeping, orderliness, and cleanliness of the warehouse

  • Unload and complete any paperwork required, for vendor deliveries

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Requirements / Knowledge / Skill For Forklift Driver Job

  • One year production experience
  • Experience working in the consumer packaged goods industry highly preferred
  • Elementary mathematical and mechanical aptitude
  • Knowledge of GMPs to ensure hygienic security of bottles and components
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and perform repetitive lifting
  • Ability to climb ladders/stairs and lift 10-50 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Must be at the workstation at the beginning of the shift
  • Ability to continuously follow all safety policies and procedures on the job
  • Possess communication skills including reading, writing and ability to communicate to others as well as ability to receive communication from others.

Minimum Education Requirements / Certification / Licensure For Forklift Driver Job

  • High school education
  • Forklift license preferred, but not required
  • Valid driver's license.

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Example 2: Forklift Driver - Materials Handler Job Description

Job Summary:

The Forklift Driver - Materials Handler will be responsible for loading, unloading, and moving materials within or near plant, yard, or work site, including preparation and shipping of customer orders along with tracking of said orders and other inventory movement within computerized system.

Job Description:

The Forklift Driver - Materials Handler will perform all or some of the following duties & responsibilities:

  • Pull, pack, dock, and ship up to 200 customer orders per day, including data entry into the shipping station systems

  • Enter and process ship confirmation for customer orders

  • Assist with all inventory movement, including inventory control, cycle counts, location control and audits

  • Perform computer inquires and transactions, as required, for each business day

  • Open up to 150 boxes per day (includes removing required documentation from outside of boxes)

  • Palletize and remove empty boxes & foam containers from receiving area

  • Sort inbound boxes by type

  • Complete shipping/receiving paperwork with low percentage of errors (rack, pallet & system travelers)

  • Prepare and ship finished goods material

  • Ensure a clean and safe work place is maintained

  • Assist with non-routine duties as required

  • Perform other job-related duties.

Minimum Requirements / Knowledge / Skill For Forklift Driver - Materials Handler Job

  • One-year of previous work experience using a computer

  • Good written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence

  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization

  • Intermediate computer expertise, including use of database, word processing, spreadsheet applications

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals

  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions

  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations

  • Ability to lift 50lbs.

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.

Minimum Education Requirements / Certification / Licensure For Forklift Driver - Materials Handler Job

  • High School diploma or general education degree (GED) and 2 years related experience, including experience in a production/manufacturing environment and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Forklift certification and experience.

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Example 3: Forklift Driver Job Description

Job Summary:

The Forklift Driver will be responsible for packaging finished products and rework slow moving products.

Job Description:

The Forklift Driver will perform all or some of the following duties & responsibilities:

  • Verify work tickets to make certain the correct product is packaged

  • Understand work flow and appropriate computer transactions

  • Report product defects to packing machine operator and/or supervision

  • Keep work area clean and orderly

  • At end of shift, secure all equipment and machinery, and complete all required paperwork

  • Perform other related production work as required safely and work to standard operating procedures (SOPís)

  • Work to demanding production schedules and strict quality requirements

  • Perform other duties as required.     

Minimum Requirements / Knowledge / Skill For Forklift Driver Job

  • One (1) year experience packaging

  • One (1) year experience as a Forklift Driver

  • Experience working in a manufacturing or warehouse environment

  • Ability to understand fractions, decimals and metric measurement system

  • Ability to read, write, and speak English for purpose of training and communicating with employees

  • Comfortable understanding Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) & job safety analyses

  • Ability to pass tests for training comprehension and effectively participate in Continuous Improvement Projects (CIPs).

Minimum Education Requirements / Certification / Licensure For Forklift Driver Job

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Valid Forklift Certification - Preferred

  • Valid driver's license.

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Example 4: Certified Forklift Driver Job Description

Job Summary:

The Certified Forklift Driver will be responsible for performing various types of shipping in accordance with established procedures and/or commercial standards.

Job Description:

The Certified Forklift Driver will perform all or some of the following duties & responsibilities:

  • Process all in-bound shipments

  • Participate in scheduling of daily transportation

  • Process all receiving transactions and paperwork

  • Inspect all incoming freight for damage; follow-up with purchasing to resolve any damaged freight issues

  • Assist in maintaining material inventory levels

  • Assist in responses to requests for tracing of missing shipments

  • Assist in maintaining safety and housekeeping standards in shipping area

  • Perform required administrative tasks; prepare all required reports and correspondence

  • Maintain FIFO

  • Perform routine housekeeping duties in all warehouses and work areas in compliance with departmental procedures and GMP requirements

  • Keep areas well organized, safe and secured

  • Keep areas clean and sanitized per procedure

  • Make all logs pertaining to cleaning, sanitization and pest control legible and kept up to date in accordance with procedures

  • Perform other duties as assigned.    

Minimum Requirements / Knowledge / Skill For Certified Forklift Driver Job

  • One to two years related experience or equivalent
  • Familiarity with shipping practices and handling methods
  • Possess clean DMV
  • Possess strong attention to detail
  • Ability to read packing slips and convert product from pounds to pallets
  • Ability to speak, read and write English
  • Basic typing and a 10-key pad skills
  • Ability to operate forklifts (sit down or stand up) and hand operated material handling equipment to lift/move material (electric and anual pallet jack)
  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance
  • 2-3 years experience.

Minimum Education Requirements / Certification / Licensure For Certified Forklift Driver Job

  • Forklift certified
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

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Example 5: Forklift Operator - Yard Driver Job Description

Job Summary:

The Forklift Operator - Yard Driver will be responsible for unloading transport trucks delivering finished product to the warehouse, storing it in its designated warehouse space. He/She will load empty pallets and plastic storage flats/shells for the transport truck to return to the manufacturing location.

The forklift driver will load pre-made, multi-product pallets on to local delivery trucks. He/She may also perform light housekeeping duties.

Job Description:

The Forklift Operator - Yard Driver will perform all or some of the following duties & responsibilities:

  • Operate a forklift in a safe and orderly manner

  • Receive and store incoming items according to established system

  • Maintain a safe and orderly storage arrangement for all items handled

  • Maintain cleanliness in assigned area (e.g. yard and warehouse)

  • Handle reloading of route trucks promptly

  • Sort and store partial cases of product returned on route trucks

  • Maintain records of daily check list (pre-trip inspections)

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Requirements / Knowledge / Skill For Forklift Operator - Yard Driver Job

  • Ability to work in a high-speed manufacturing environment (for example, team-oriented, deadline driven, high performance demands, or fast-paced)

  • Ability to drive a forklift (for example, perform basic operations such as driving forwards, driving backwards, lifting and lowering boom, or maneuvering in tight areas without damaging product, etc.)

  • Ability to work with racking systems and loading/unloading palettes (for example, pulling and placing palettes on/off vertical product racking systems and trucks and maximizing storage by stacking products vertically)

  • Experience with standards of operation (OSHA requirements on minimum/maximum speeds, signaling, putting product in appropriate area

  • Ability to pass Forklift Driving Skills test or currently possess Forklift Driving Certificate

  • Ability to lift cases weighing from 20-45 pounds repeatedly throughout a 10-12 hour work period

  • Ability to carry and lift cases while reaching, bending, climbing, walking/standing to move product through warehouse

  • 18 years or older

  • 21 years or older if CDL Required

  • Ability to pass drug test and background check.

Minimum Education Requirements / Certification / Licensure For Forklift Operator - Yard Driver Job

  • High school degree or GED
  • Current Forklift certification.

 

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