Backhaul Driver
US Foods - Albany, NY

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Basic Purpose


The primary function of this position is to drive intra-state a tractor trailer or tandem for the purpose of delivering various products (meats, produce, frozen foods, dry goods, equipment and supply) to vendor and company drop-off sites and to return empty trailer(s) to the distribution center in a safe and timely manner and in accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

May also be called upon to do duties of Delivery Driver or Shuttle Driver.



Perform all pre-trip responsibilities including: obtaining and reviewing driver itinerary, moving tractors to the loading dock to attach the preloaded trailers, verify freight on truck and verify required trailer temperatures, and performing pre-trip safety check inspections of trucks and trailers according to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

Drive to vendor locations and company drop-off sites and deliver products according to predetermined routes and stay within DOT hours of service (HOS) regulations. Use electronic time keeping system to log in time at customer site.

Visually survey Vendor and Company distribution centers during the approach to determine hazards.

Return tractor and trailer to division when route is completed.

Perform all post-trip responsibilities: unloading damaged goods and customer returns and completing paperwork as necessary; performing safety checks on the truck and trailer; fuel (as required by the division); unhooking and securing trailer; parking and securing tractor and hand truck; completing Department of Transportation (DOT) logs (electronic or manual as required) and company vehicle maintenance reports (DVIR) and reconciling these with the appropriate company representative as required.

Attend all required company meetings and adhere to all safety practices and company policies.

Follow division shift times,

enter days of week and hours,

and continue until the work is completed within DOT HOS regulations. Some Holiday, Saturday, Sunday, and overnight deliveries may be required.

Must satisfactorily complete all company mandated trainings and assessments.





High School Diploma/GED preferred. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English as it relates to the job and to the safety regulations. Basic math skills (add, subtract, multiply, divide) preferred for instances when driver may be called to do Delivery Driver job. Must have a valid Commercial Drivers License (CDL), Class A issued by the state of legal residence with the necessary endorsements and be DOT qualified. Double Endorsement License preferred.

Related Experience/Requirements


Minimum 1 year over the road commercial driving experience required. Experience delivering food products preferred.



Must be able to use, or learn to use, all equipment, global positioning systems (GPS) i.e. XATA, POD, and tools used to perform the job.

Must be able to perform all job functions safely. Must be able to work the scheduled/assigned times and required overtime for the position. Must know/have ability to learn material safety data sheet information regarding all material used within the scope of the work. Must be able to perform coupling procedures for the Tractor/Trailer. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must successfully complete the DOT written examination for drivers and pass a controlled substance abuse screening test. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, including applying tire chains if needed. Must adhere to all safety practices and company policies.

No more than two convictions in the past two year period for traffic violations. No more than one of these may be a serious (as defined by DOT) violation or result of an accident - company or private vehicle; No DUI convictions within past three years, regardless of type of vehicle operated; no driver's license suspension within past three years (insurance and overweight tickets are excluded); and no termination by previous employer for failure to comply with safety regulations or for accident involvement.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to: pass DOT physical, work in extreme weather conditions and perform the following activities for described length of time:

OCCASIONALLY(O): 1%-33% FREQUENTLY(F): 34%-66% CONTINUOUSLY(C): 67%-100% Never(N): 0%

Stand: O
Walk: O
Sit: F
Drive: F

1-10 lbs - Lift: O Carry: O
10-20 lbs - Lift: F Carry: O
25-50 lbs - Lift: F Carry: O
50-100 lbs - Lift: O Carry: O
Over 100 lbs - Lift: N Carry: N

Push/pull: O (e.g. Hand truck, gate straps, metal ramp, truck door, dolly, boxes)
Climb/balance: O (e.g. In/Out Truck/Trailer (2 vertical step 12” and 20”) to cab. On/Off ramp to ground level and side door steps (6) and Platform of trailer. Delivery and truck ramps)
Stoop/squat: O
Kneel: O
Bend: O
Reach above shoulder: O
Grasp objects: F (e.g. Truck, boxes, cartons); C (e.g. Steering wheel)
Manipulate objects: O (e.g. Boxes, dolly, metal truck ramp, hand truck, paper work, truck gate, straps); C (e.g. Truck gear shift)
Twist: O

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