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Forklift Operator

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

A Typical Day

The forklift Operator is responsible for facilitating shipping and receiving of all products produced in the cheese plants utilizing the warehouse management system. Organize products with an emphasis on internal and external customer service. Operation of all equipment and must report any malfunctions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create a positive work environment.  Strive to develop good relational skills, communication and teamwork.
  • Must take personal initiative to advance knowledge of warehousing/distribution procedures.
  • Assist packaging areas in the plants with an emphasis on communication and teamwork.
  • Required to follow all safety measures and standard operating procedures.
  • Ability to perform operations in a consistent, repeatable fashion.
  • Stage all products before shipment.  Verify paperwork for shipping. Report any inaccuracies on the paperwork to the supervisor’s office.
  • Inspect all incoming products to insure HCC product will not be contaminated.
  • Insure all incoming products are marked correctly including product types, case count and production date.
  • Maintain order and cleanliness in the cold box and surrounding areas.
  • Complete daily forklift inspection and report unsafe conditions.
  • Sort all incoming products by plant and organize them accordingly.
  • Follow and understand Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Promote Company Culture
  • Must complete all shipments as required/stated by the manifest. 
  • Responsible for the operation of equipment, and must report any malfunctions to their supervisor
  • Must consult the shipping schedule for any changes as communicated by the logistics coordinator or by direct supervisor.
  • Assist in inventory control, including cycle counts and 100% inventory.
  • 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, buddy 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. 
  • Participate in departmental safety teams.

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English.
  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts (days/Swings/graveyard).
  • 1 year of experience in manufacturing environment.  
  • Ability to work in a cold environment, estimated temp of 35 deg.
  • Ability to lift 60lbs.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Forklift experience
  • Forklift certification
  • 1 year of ERP experience
  • RF scanning knowledge

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 areas.
  • 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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Nearest Major Market: Merced