Forklift Operator-Cooler
Dean Foods

Nashville, Tennessee


Job Description & Requirements

The Forklift Operator is responsible for driving gasoline, liquefied gas, or electric powered industrial truck equipped with lifting devices, such as forklift, boom, scoop, lift beam and swivel-hook, fork-grapple, clamps, elevating platform, or trailer hitch, to push, pull, lift, stack, tier, or move products, equipment, or materials in a warehouse, storage yard, or factory.

  • Duties may include any number of the following:
  • Loading and unloading products in trailers.
  • Distributing pallets of product from the palletizer to distribution trailers and staging areas.
  • Stage materials for production.
  • Move product & materials within facility (plant and/or cooler).
  • Receive materials for warehouse storage.
  • Supplies packaging material, cartons and hulls to line as needed.
  • Maintain pallet supply for palletizer.
  • Rotate packaging and ingredients using FIFO (First In - First Out).
  • Ensure all paperwork is filled out in a clear, legible and accurate format, and completed with required information.
  • Ensure all required information is documented in accordance with SOP's.
  • Utilizing continuous improvement mindset, assist in identifying opportunities to improve processes.
  • Follow Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Maintain a clean, sanitary and safe work area.
  • Follow all required work safe practices. This would include wearing of all required PPE in designated areas, confined space safety, safe chemical handling, fall restraints, etc.
  • Responsible for food safety, pre-requisite programs and food quality related to designated area.
  • Report any food safety and food quality related issues to management immediately.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • 6 months related in manufacturing environment.
  • Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Minimum 6 months recent experience operating a forklift in a high efficiency environment.
  • Forklift Operator Certification required
  • Must be able to pass a written and driving fork lift skills test
  • Must be able to sit and/or stand and drive for virtually the entire shift.
  • Experience within the food and beverage industry preferred.
  • Must be able to work in an environment where temperature is maintained at 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
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  • Must be willing to work flexible hours including overtime, weekends and holidays.
  • Be able to effectively work in a team environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be able to pass all pre-employment screens (including drug, background and criminal checks).

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