Forklift Operator, Blue Buffalo at General Mills, Inc in Joplin, Missouri

Posted in Other 7 days ago.

Job Description:

The Forklift Operator is responsible for ensuring customer orders and replenishment loads are fulfilled, prepared for shipment and delivered to the appropriate destination in a safe, quality, timely and cost effective manner. The forklift operator is the final operation in meeting customer requirements for high quality, damage free, on-time, correctly loaded and accurate deliveries.


  • Load trailers according to loading specifications and in a manner which delivers product on time (arrives when originally expected) and complete (accurate by item and damage free) as measured by our customers and other receiving destinations.

  • Receive, unload, inspect and correctly warehouse all in-bound shipments (finished goods and materials) using safe procedures while maintaining the quality of all products and using accurate inventory management procedures.

  • Conduct trailer inspections prior to loading trailers for product shipment and after unloading inbound trailers.

  • Operate forklift and high lift equipment to move product from the palletizer and within the warehouse to trailers and various other warehouse locations and operate in a manner maintaining required sanitation levels. Repair and recoup damaged goods as accidentally created during product movement and as required. Follow FIFO principles for finished products.

  • Perform accurate inventory transactions into warehousing systems. Tag pallets from the palletizer and record production; organize warehouse and all warehouse supplies and materials.

  • Report or take appropriate action when quality checks do not meet set specifications.

  • Improve operations through individual and group problem solving. Provide leadership in solving problems that disrupts the daily production goals.

  • Maintain a clean, safe work environment that promotes associate safety and product integrity.
    Must know the product "Hold" criteria of all applicable areas.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Certified in Forklift operation

  • Record keeping, and organizational skills

  • Ability to read, write and understand English

  • Strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels

  • Must be literate and able to calculate totals, percentages, and operate some computerized equipment

  • High School diploma or GED

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as SOP's, and safety documents


  • Understands the importance of safety and quality

  • 2 or more year's experience in food manufacturing preferred

  • Detail oriented and able to multi-task

  • Working knowledge of WMS/RF scanning technology preferred

  • Working knowledge of SAP preferred

  • 2 or more years of forklift operating experience in a warehouse preferred