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Forklift Operator - Night Shift

Simmons Pet Food

1 Positions

ID: FORKL030195

Posted On 10/24/2023

Job Overview

To transfer products using an industrial forklift, hand lift or pallet jack in a manner which complies with safety procedures, company and USDA requirements.


Stores and moves product using an industrial forklift, hand lift or pallet jack. Operates an electronic or hand operated pallet jack between departments, buildings, and grounds. Collects and delivers a wide variety of materials while adhering to established safety procedures. 

Delivers materials to work areas as directed from production supervisor, stacks materials in storage areas and loads/unloads shipments in trailer. Ensures product or equipment being moved is undamaged and handled in a safe manner. 

Performs routine servicing of equipment such as changing batteries, charging batteries, and checks tires. Responsible for identifying any mechanical problems or damage with the pallet jack and ensure the problems are reported to the supervisor for further inspection and repair.  

Detects and reports defective materials or questionable conditions to the department supervisor.  Maintains the work area and equipment in a clean orderly condition and follows prescribed safety regulations.

Performs visual safety inspection of machine before operation.

Loads and unloads trucks, stacking and consolidating partial pallets.

Assists with inventory, correctly recording numbers and codes.

Keeps dock area clear and organized to ensure efficient work flow.

Completes and delivers daily and weekly reports to the floor supervisor.  

Participates as a member of the TeamParticipates in ongoing development, communication and implementation of team concepts, programs and policies; coordinates work to ensure B.E.S.T practices with all team members. Attends appropriate team meetings. As a member of the Team, fosters strong cohesiveness regarding all major issues; e.g., direction, annual plan, budget, policy changes, etc. Accepts responsibility to quickly identify any areas that lack cohesiveness, bringing them to the attention of the team leader and working with the team in a supportive manner to resolve issues and actively look for ways, and reinforces actions needed, to achieve synergy possible within the larger organization.

Simmons Operating systems principles and objectives: Is familiar with Simmons’ established operating systems (e.g. quality, security, office environment, company policies); understands the responsibility to maintain familiarity with the systems and this position’s role in support of these systems - including a consideration of the impact of individual actions on the systems and the responsibility to communicate concerns and improvement ideas.

Performs other duties as necessary in support of business objectives: This position description is intended to guide the activities of the Forklift/Pallet Jack Operator and is not intended to limit the thinking and creativity of the person to the work of this function nor is it intended that this describe all the work that may be required of the person in this position.

Physical Activities: Must be able to move or lift up to 50 pounds of supplies anywhere from floor to shoulder level. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Std waterproof gloves, hearing protection, chemical resistant apron & gloves, face shield, reinforced toe footwear.

Travel: N/A

Technical Experience: Must be able to obtain and maintain forklift license and pallet jack license.

Industry Experience: Preference of poultry or food processing organization.

Minimum Education: N/A

Preferred Education: High School Diploma or GED.

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Karen Smith

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Dubuque, IA

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Simmons Pet Food

About the Company

Simmons Pet Food is a trusted leader in private label and contract manufacturing of pet food. We source high-quality ingredients and use state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to produce premium and value-focused pet food. We supply top brands and retailers with products in a variety of formats, including dry kibble, jerky treats and wet in cans, pouches, and cups. These operations are in Northwest Arkansas, Iowa, Emporia, Kansas, and Ontario, Canada.

We’re excited that Dubuque will be the home of our newest pet food operation. Join us in the rewarding work of making food for the pets we love. We’re building our team today!