Abbott Warehouse Forklift Utility - 3rd Shift in Altavista, Virginia

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Primary Function / Primary Goals / Objectives

The Utility is responsible for having a thorough working knowledge of all Plant Material Control and job functions. Should have knowledge of applicable departmental equipment and systems. Some examples include: Forklift, Cambar. The Utility is responsible for line support, receiving, loading, unloading, creating bills of lading (BOL’s), performing full functionality in the Shipping Office, operating the palletizer equipment, operating the shuttle wagon/switcher, while maintaining compliance to all GMP, safety, and quality guidelines.

Must meet all safety and housekeeping requirements.

Major Responsibilities

For Receiving Operations: Creates very accurate & legible documentation, performs data entry accurately, maintains all applicable databases with needed information, and efficiently process inbound pallets through the proper process.

For Loading, Unloading, Casepicking, Barcoding and Palletizer Operations: Performs all tasks safely, assures accurate documentation, follows all process procedures / guidelines, assures trailers are loaded to meet weight requirements, and performs all tasks in an efficient & effective manner. Includes safely operating the palletizer equipment and shuttle wagon/switcher to meet business needs

For Shipping/Receiving Office Functions: Assure all documentation is accurate, address people in a professional manner, assure all databases are accurately maintained with timely entries, assure BOL's are signed/dated by Common Carrier Driver and the Clerk during the shift.

Stores, picks or assembles raw materials in the warehouse, verifying the commodity number, quantity, release status, and lot number. Checks materials against packaging lists, invoices, freight bills or other pertinent documentation to assure conformity and accuracy.

Cleans up finished goods warehouse areas.

All other tasks as assigned by management to meet the needs of the business.


High School diploma or GED required


Must have a current CDL license OR be able to obtain a CDL license within 6 months.


Prior job experience within warehousing operations (at least 6 months preferable). Experience with tools and equipment related to the position is desired (hand tools, wearing of full body harness, sit-down forklift, stand up pick vehicle, computer knowledge/skills). This position requires excellent written/verbal communication skills, very good interpersonal skills, analytical troubleshooting skills, ability to multitask, and being a very good team player.

The individual must be self-motivated and possess the ability to perform with minimum supervision. Requires in-depth knowledge of all receiving/warehouse operations, procedures, and requirements which usually are obtained through on-the-job training. Work sequence priorities may change with little notice.

Must be able to deal with people under high pressure and in a constantly changing environment.

Accountability / Scope/Budget

Accountable for personal safety and adhering to the safety guidelines. Must communicate safety and GMP concerns to Altavista Distribution Center leadership & follow up to assure the concerns are addressed.

Accountable for performing task that need completed in a timely manner or need expedited. Must check e-mail at the start of each shift when possible to assure all directives are addressed. Must communicate to all shifts as to status of the business.

Ability to make decisions based on awareness of the area operations is necessary. Must be able to lift and maneuver objects of considerable weight (50 lbs).

This position is accountable for complying with applicable FDA (GMP), USDA, OSHA and Abbott Nutritional Supply Chain regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email