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Operator 2, Bakery-Forklift

City & State: 

Northlake, IL, US, 60164

Job Category:  Bakery Operations

ARYZTA is a global baking company with a Passion for Good Food. We provide our retail and foodservice customers with a portfolio of bakery solutions so they can deliver memorable, delicious food to consumers. With operations in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, ARYZTA has become a global leader in the baked goods industry and one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world. Our leading bakery brands in North America include La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. We have 58 state-of-the-art bakeries and kitchens around the globe, with 20 of those in North America, and are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Americas team champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Job Title: Operator 2, Bakery-Forklift (2nd shift)


Primary Responsibilities of the position consist of but are not limited to:


  • Sign in on your line Staffing sheet; Be at your work station on time.
  • Follow company GMPs.
  • Wear proper PPE, knit or cotton gloves where applicable.
  • Complete forklift check-sheet each time a new forklift is used; Ensures that forklifts are properly inspected (documented) for safe operational use and that the batteries are charged when not in use.
  • Operate forklift safely; Ensures proper use and maintenance of equipment and notifies supervision of any issues
  • Pick outbound orders according to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
  • Loads outbound orders according to SOP.
  • Complete all documentation according to SOP.
  • Inform shipping/receiving supervisor when leaving work area; Ensure compliance with shipping/receiving safety and process procedures/practices and all company practices and procedures.
  • Notify shipping/receiving supervisor of any unsafe working conditions.
  • Any other duties assigned as needed.
  • Maintain area of responsibility clean and organized; Separate and remove any bad broken pallets from circulation and set aside.
  • Ensure quality and consistency of product during processing.
  • This position is also responsible for food safety and legality.
  • Reads production orders and/or follows oral instructions to ascertain materials or containers to be moved. Opens containers.
  • Loads and unloads materials onto or from pallets, vehicles, trays, racks and shelves by hand or use of forklift or powered pallet jack.  Transfers product from one pallet to another weighing up to 30lbs.
  • Ensures that forklifts are properly inspected (documented) for safe operational use and that the batteries are charged when not in use.
  • Support quality control programs to ensure production procedures are in compliance with best practices food safety and quality standards.


Education/ Experience:  High school, general education degree (GED), one (1) year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum one year forklift experience.  Previous RF unit experience preferred.  Previous freezer environment experience desired.

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to stand, walk, bend and use hands, hand or feel objects, tools or controls. Required to reach with hands and arms. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.  Employee is sometimes subjected to extreme heat and/or extreme cold work area.


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.

  • The ARYZTA Northlake bakery is a 24 hour/7 day manufacturing operation. 
  • The environment within the production area is around 70-80 degrees, packaging 90-100 and oven area it can reach 110 degrees.  The environment in freezer can be zero (0*)F to ten below (-10*) F.
  • The production areas are often loud due to the machinery that is running; earplugs are required to be worn while in the bakery.                                                                                                              






ARYZTA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.