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Warehouse Operator


Ainsworth Pet Nutrition              

Title:  Warehouse Operator - Frontenac KS  


Reports To:                     Warehouse Manager


Overall Focus:             Executes daily and weekly workload plans to accomplish established tasks provided by warehouse Shift Supervisors and or other warehouse management



FLSA Designation:      Hourly Non- Exempt


Level: 10






  • Executes daily and weekly workload plans to accomplish established tasks provided by warehouse Shift Supervisors and or other warehouse management
    • Maintains constant communication with other warehouse and Shift Supervisors
    • Execute established training plans to make operators multi functional
    • Adhere to required expectations developed by Shift Supervisors
    • Audits the work of those reporting to you for both training and adherence to set standards
    • Ensures products meet specifications prior to permission of shipment to our customers
    • Strive to achieve team productivity measurements while maintaining a high level of focus to quality
    • Keep work zones in an audit ready manner
    • Ability to participate in day to day functions such as operation of forklift and yard jockey
    • Provides feedback to warehouse operators not following Standard Operating Procedures, or Safety and Sanitization practices and policies.
  • Represents Ainsworth to our customers and vendors
  • Ensures that the Ainsworth Food Safety program is adhered to
    • Trains all employees in established SOP’s
    • Ensures that all SOP’s are being followed

o   All Staff shall be informed of their responsibility to report food safety problems to personnel with authority to initiate action.

o   Serves as the designee of the Warehouse Shift Supervisor in dealing with reported food safety issues or maintenance of the SQF system.

    • Alerts Warehouse Manager for need to update or modify SOP’s based on needed changes to the processes
  • Adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures  and job instructions
    • Take corrective actions when measures are out of specification
    • Take and document required process, quality measures
    • Meet or exceed established targets
  • Adhere to all Sanitization procedures
    • Follow all GMP’s
    • Keep process areas clean and neat
    • Ensure all buildings meet Sanitization requirements
    • Adheres to Sanitization  procedures for warehousing
  • Actively follows the Ainsworth Safety Program
    • Follow all safety procedures
    • Report all unsafe actions and conditions
  • Live by Ainsworth Values
    • Assume responsibility for self-improvement
    • Participate in the improvement/problem solving process
    • Show up to work on time
    • Dress appropriately
    • Maintain good personal hygiene
    • Take breaks of appropriate length and frequency



(Knowledge and skills necessary to meet organizational objectives)



Education/Training:    High School Diploma or GED


Certifications/Licenses: Fork lift operator’s license








 (Abilities required of all positions)


  • Teamwork
    • Participates in the development of mutual goals and plans with members of their team or other teams
    • Supports the accomplishment of those goals with team members and outside resources
    • Participates in the identification and resolution of problems
  • Judgment
    • Follows a logical process to make decisions
    • Is able to “think on the fly”
    • Is able to think through all aspects of a problem
    • Is able to make a decision in a timely manner
  • Communication / listening
    • Correct use of grammar both written and oral
    • Articulates thoughts in a concise manner
    • Adjusts language to the level of the audience
    • Clarifies or checks for understanding as necessary
  • Ability to learn
    • Enjoys learning new things
    • Takes new information and demonstrates its use quickly
  • Integrity
    • Does what they say they are going to do
    • Does not change values to suit the situation
    • Instills trust through actions and behaviors
  • Ainsworth fit
    • Can live by and promotes our values
  • Adaptability
    • Can adjust to a new environment quickly
    • Accepts change as a way of life and works proactively to adapt




(Abilities required of this position)


§  Computer literate – navigate Windows, perform data entry

§  Verbal and Math Skills – 10th grade level

§  Know when to ask for help

·        Ability to work with little or no supervision

·        Time management skills – develop and adhere to a schedule

·        Trouble shooting skills

·        Mechanically inclined

·        Attention to detail (specifications)

·        Able to follow detailed instructions

·        Able to work a flexible work schedule and be on call as assigned

·        Willing to work weekends

§  Operation of a forklift, which requires on and off mounting of the equipment thru out the day and the ability to operate the controls in a fast paced environment

§  Operation of the yard truck. Will be required to be in and out of the truck on each move  to open and close the doors of the trailer

·        Know product specifications and packaging

·        Know how to access and read the production schedule

·        Understand the production process flow and how the warehousing processes can impact that flow

·        Knowledge of stack patterns, code dates, customer requirements and loading practices for each customer

·        Good multi-tasking skills

·        Knowledge of products and processes

·        Knowledge of customer requirements, loading practices and procedures, pallet patterns, code dates and rotation policy

·        Knowledge of quality and in specification products and ability to bring in subject matter expert when needed and ability to execute product on hold

·        Ability to access shipping schedule and execute loading of freight and to prioritize workload to accomplish daily throughputs

·        Understand current inventory control system (Navision)

·        Demonstrated leadership skills

·        Ability to lead people

·        Excellent communication skills



(Necessary to perform essential functions of job with or without an accommodation)



§  Climb ladders and bins

§  Maneuver in tight spaces

§  Move items of 55-70 lbs. in weight from one place to another

§  Stack repetitiously 60 lbs. or less

§  Able to differentiate between colors

§  Able to work in extreme temperature conditions (very hot or very cold)


Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time


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