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Forklift Operator (Dry)

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Dry Warehouse Forklift Operator is responsible for handling the loading of all trucks/containers on a daily basis.  Must complete all shipments as required/stated by the warehouse system/manifest.  Responsible for the operation of his/her equipment, and must report any malfunctions to his/her supervisor.  Must consult the shipping schedule for any changes as communicated by the warehouse supervisor, logistics coordinator and members of the Inside Sales Support team. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintaining accurate paperwork.
  • Lift truck operation; following all safety measures and standard operating procedures.
  • Contribute to the control and management of inventory.
  • Follow operating procedures for inspection and loading of incoming/outgoing trucks and inventory.
  • Ability to match and proof order requirements with physical inventory.
  • Accountable for safe operation of lift trucks so that personnel, inventory, surrounding buildings and lift equipment are protected.
  • Stage and pull containers into dock doors in a safe manner so that personnel, inventory, surrounding buildings and equipment are protected.
  • Responsible for maintaining an orderly and clean work area.
  • Demonstrate teambuilding skills and effectively communicate with others.
  • Active participation and ownership in your training and development program and associated activities, classes and events, which will be held before, during, after shifts and during scheduled days off.  
  • Help coach and train teammates and participate in on the job training.
  • Place high priority on food safety and sanitation by understanding and executing HCC’s food safety and sanitation policies and procedures. 
  • Hold self and others accountable to HCC’s food safety & sanitation guidelines and policies by communicating any food safety incident, observation, or opportunity to your leadership team or teammates. 
  • Participate in food safety and sanitation root cause analysis and improvement activities when required.  
  • Prioritize safety above all other job duties by having a safety first approach at all times. 
  • Report any safety issues, observations, opportunities to your teams and follow up.  
  • Annual completion of OSHA required safety training.

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • Must be able to work 8-hour or 12-hour variable shifts, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. 
  • Experience in manufacturing or distribution 
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs

What Will Put You Ahead

  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Knowledge of warehouse management software
  • RF scanning knowledge
  • SAP experience
  • Warehouse forklift experience
  • Lift Truck Certification
  • Yard Dog Certification
  • Knowledge of truck loading requirements

Physical Demands

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 will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday.
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within their respective area.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

Work Environment

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 to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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Salary Range: USD (21.00-24.00) HRLY

Nearest Major Market: Merced