Forklift Operator
Mars - South Carolina

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The Role:
This role is responsible for ensuring that finished product is prepared for shipment to the appropriate destination in a timely and cost effective manner.

This role is the final operation in meeting customer requirements with on-time, correctly loaded, and Bill of Lading accurate finished product.

Principal Accountabilities:
Responsible for the proficient execution of any combination of the following unit operations:


Warehouse Operations:
Perform carrier integrity checks and assure accurate deployment of finished products with the associated paperwork.


End of Line Handling:
Operate forklift, scan LPs, communicate issues with pallet labeller, stretchwrapper, and/or topsheeter.


Finished Product Movement:
Operate forklift to load carriers from end of line, move finished skids to staging for direct ship.


Material Handler:
Perform inventory accuracy transactions into MARC, load trailers, organize pallets in the warehouse, and receive packaging materials.


Manual Palletizing:
Palletize finished bagged product and stretchwrap finished skid to include freight pick.

Optimize warehouse utilization and transportation costs to ensure least cost method are used while monitoring predetermined inventory and service levels.

Maintain a clean, safe work environment that promotes associate safety and product integrity.

Provide relevant information to Operations and Commercial on the supply of packaging materials for productio

Improve operations through individual and group problem solving and provide leadership in solving problems on the floor and in meetings.

Promote high quality team environment through effective teamwork and self-direction with a positive attitude.

Provide feedback to Outbound Logistics Coordinator and Senior Warehouse Operator to achieve relevant shipping schedules.

Collect data on quality of shipping equipment used to transport finished product.

Coordinate shipment schedule with production and be an available resource to production for shipping issues.

Coordinate with the LFO and SWO for the minimization of on-site inventories and carrying cost through inventory control, ensure accuracy of inventories to the level of 98.1%

Collect work hours by task type each day and give info to the SWO for generating the warehouse productivity report.

Achieve or exceed the standard throughput measures for all forklift operator tasks assigned to in the warehouse. This includes freight picking, bulk picking, one touch, transporting, putaway, loading, unloading, staging, rack pick, and replenishments.

Communicate effectively with the packaging, and commercial teams in order to maximize plant performance.

Stage materials to minimize damage and maximize easy access to materials.

Communicate when maintenance on forktrucks, lifts, and/or battery recharging stations is necessary to the SWO or maintenance personnel.

VLM/MARC Station Operation

o Place pallet tags in the proper position on pallets of finished product.

o Change pallet stretch wrap, restart wrapper and assist with changing TopSheet film and keep pallet slip sheet feeder filled with slip sheets

Obtain and maintain proficiency in job specific business systems such as MIS and MARC. Remain current with facility utilized business systems.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Participate in problem solving groups as appropriate.

Participate in vendor assurance activities.

Check current shipment orders for accuracy and make daily reports.

Assist LFO with training other associates in operation of all areas and systems.

Participate in site safety program and actively look for ways to improve site and area safety.

Other similar duties as assigned.

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge:
Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.

Strong problem solving skills.

Ability to plan work on a daily basis, work independently and be a self motivator.

Ability to work with a team and effectively interact with other departments and outside vendors.

Ability to learn basic pest control principles.

Ability to lift 52 pounds.

Ability to work in extreme conditions, at heights, in confined spaces and in very dusty areas.

Ability to operate a variety of lifts and fork trucks safely.

Ability to work rotating shifts.

Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma/GED

Successful completion of a substance screening and background check

Who Should Apply . . .

We are looking for individuals who demonstrate the following behaviors:

Team player

Action oriented

Problem solving abilities

Strong communication skills

Continuous self development


Physical/Environmental Requirements:
Must be capable of working at elevated heights

Wearing proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform)

Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 50 lbs

Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust dirt and chemicals

Forklift assignments require OSHA certification and getting on and off frequently

Minimum Qualifications:
Certified in Forklift operation

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment with a positive attitude and minimal supervision

High school diploma or equivalent

Good basic math, reading and writing skills

Basic knowledge of personal computers

Good problem solving and/or troubleshooting skills

Working knowledge of Safety, Quality and Material Management Systems and procedures

Ability to read and understand the daily production run schedule, and execute to that plan

Ability to communicate to managers and team members any production, quality/food safety or other business critical information vital to operations and customer service

Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules

Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language

Successful completion of a substance screening and background check

Preferred Qualifications:
3+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines

2 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/or trade discipline

Working Knowledge of food safety, GMP, GHOP, HACCP, SPC

Knowledge of inventory control principles

Ability to operate a forklift/OSHA certification

Experience with SAP

Company-paid relocation is not available for this position.

As a privately-held, family-owned company, Mars Petcare North America offers benefits which reflect our commitment to attracting and retaining great people. This includes excellent pay, competitive health and dental care coverage, a retirement plan, a very competitive vacation plan and unrivalled career advancement opportunities, to name just a few of our unique and generous benefits.

If you're looking for a place where you can take ownership for your work, where the pace is fast, the environment is built around the importance of open communication, and where employees are called "associates" and treated as such, then we want to hear from you.

We value a diverse work environment and encourage qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin, veteran status, gender and age. Mars Petcare North America is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

Visit to learn more about our company and for information about all of our current openings. Please, no agencies.

If you need assistance in completing the application process, please contact Tameka Baker, P&O Site Administrator, at (803) 695-3151. If you have successfully applied online, a member of the P&O team will contact you if you are selected for consideration.


Production Operation

Primary Location

NA-USA-South Carolina

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