Job Title: Lead Forklift Operator

Location: Blyth Services S81 (near Worksop)

👋  A bit about the role

As a Lead Forklift Operator you will report to the Warehouse Team Leader, and will work in and lead our Warehouse team, we have 3 Lead Operators per shift and between you, you will oversee and support 9 operational team members, and be accountable for the smooth running of Warehouse operations including but not limited to:

  • Goods in (In take)
  • Moving Raw Materials to Production
  • Moving finished goods to fulfilment to be packed for customers orders
  • Loading Trailers with packed customer orders
  • Export to our European markets

 In this role your can expect to: 

  • Plan and coordinate one or more of the above activities including your direct reports schedules and monitoring their productivity, working on your own initiative, and escalating issues to the Team Manager as required

  • Be a hands-on member of the team, as a Lead FLT you are expected to carry out tasks when required and lead by example, so you will be working on the trucks and leading your team

  • Lead your team by example of the highest standards, demonstrating our values at all times

  • Work in a safe way following all appropriate safety procedures, work processes and wearing protective equipment at all times, whilst monitoring that your team does the same

  • Operate mechanical handling equipment (MHE) safely and correctly including: reach truck, counterbalance and ride-on forklift (PPT), as and when required, whilst doing this you would conduct quality checks to ensure the safety of all squad members

  • Complete stock counting and systems transactions, updating spreadsheets and data entry, as a daily part of the role.

  • Be point of contact for Team Manager for regular updates throughout the shifts progress.

  • Attendance and contribution at Short Interval Control meetings (SIC) and occasionally daily review meeting (DRM)

  • Other general tasks inc waste processing, general facility hygiene and working in a manner that epitomises ‘clean as you go'

🐶  A bit about you

  • Previous leadership experience gained in a warehouse, logistics or manufacturing environment is essential along with experience driving a Reach Truck
  • Computer confident to use all our online systems (We are a paperless company)
  • Experience training a team would be an advantage, and the patience and willingness to do this is a must.
  • Passionate about keeping the squad safe at all times
  • Numerate (able to understand and work with numbers)
  • Happy working a rotating shift schedule -  a mixture of days / nights and some weekend working
  • Hard-working & diligent with a hunger to learn
  • Comfortable working with raw materials such as beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb
  • Comfortable working in a chilled and freezer environment
  • Flexible, pragmatic, resilient & humble
  • Committed to food quality & safety
  • Loves dogs (naturally)

🙌  A bit about what we offer

  • 257.5 hours of holiday per year, plus an additional 8 hours per year of service (to a total of 5 years)
  • 39 hours of pre-booked “Paws days” to support good wellbeing and self care.
  • £500 personal learning & development budget
  • Free parking and Electric car charging
  • Butternut Box employee discount
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension with NEST

📣 A bit about us

At Butternut, the mission is to deliver health and happiness to dogs and their humans all over the world. In order to do just that, they need a team of forward-thinking, driven people who love dogs as much as they do. And they need quite a big kitchen too. Which is precisely why they have built one.

Located in Doncaster, Rudie's Kitchen will be the place where all the magic happens, so to speak. It's where the tasty Butternut meals and treats will be gently cooked, using human-quality ingredients because, the way they see it, they wouldn't serve food to dogs that they wouldn't be happy to eat themselves. At Butternut, they believe dogs deserve better, and if that's something you think too, we want to hear from you.

Butternut has come a long way since Kev & Dave (co-founders) hand-delivered the first Butternut Box, and they are now looking for brilliant people to join the team for this next part of the story.


❗️A few things to note:

  • You might know this role as a Warehouse Supervisor, Shift Leader or Warehouse Lead but in Butternut we call this a Lead Forklift Operator, as you will lead from the front while doing the role with your team
  • We aim to respond to all applicants personally. Our recruitment team is small so do bear with us.

  • Butternut Box is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity and inclusion. We welcome people of different nationalities, backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. If English is not your first language feel free to complete the application in your native language. We really don’t mind translating.

  • We're not afraid of putting extra weight on candidates from underrepresented groups. We want strong, diverse teams built from different backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We're ready for the ongoing work that goes into building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best work of your career.
  • We are pleased to say, this is a full-time permanent contract, you will be working a rolling average of 41 hours per week working on a shift rotation with a mixture of days / nights and some weekend working. The working shifts days consisting of 7am to 7pm and nights consisting of 7pm-7am.
    • 4 on, 5 off = 2 day, 2 nights
    • 5 on, 4 off = 2 days, 3 nights
    • 5 on, 5 off = 3 days, 2 nights

  • We are not looking for external agency support with this role.


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