Seasonal Forklift Driver

Brown Forman

Location: Windsor, California

Job Type: Full time


A career at Brown-Forman is just like a good bottle of bourbon: unique and refined, with a bit of a kick. Making our products from barrel to bottle requires detailed planning along each step. Just like bourbon production, our employees work in many different aspects to create the best possible product. This way, our customers can enjoy the world-class brands we promise to deliver. Here’s the kicker - we, too, get to enjoy this process, just one of the sweet benefits of leading the market with the world’s favorite whiskey. Whether in the ground, in the store, or in the office, we hand pick all of our ingredients in order to be proud of what we achieve.

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards is a premier California producer of Estate Bottled Chardonnay and Pinot noir founded in 1973. We are world renowned for our high quality, unique and focused growing and production practices. Sonoma-Cutrer currently produces what has been voted the most popular restaurant Chardonnay in the United States for 23 of the past 26 years according to Wine and Spirit Magazine. The wines of Sonoma-Cutrer express our partnership with Nature, resulting in world-class Chardonnays and Pinot Noir. At every step from vineyard to bottle, we encourage them to reflect their superior origins of soil, climate and vintage. Each of our wines is a study in elegance and complexity: straightforward at first, then evolving in the glass, developing new character, leading to a long, exquisite finish with beautifully balanced fruit and acidity.

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards is seeking a candidate for Seasonal Harvest Forklift Operator position. This is a seasonal non-exempt hourly position that supports the Cellar Supervisor.

Under limited supervision and in compliance with safety and operational procedures, performs tasks associated with moving goods from one place to another. This position requires attention to details and a high level of safety awareness at all times. This position will support production needs and may work at various locations such as Cellar, Loading Docks and the Warehouse.

Job Duties & Requirements:

Perform forklift duties as directed. Tasks may include:
- Wrap loads with shrink-wrap, utilizing shrink-wrap machine
- Load and/or unload fruit trucks
- Supply Production areas with product
- Move finished goods to Warehouse storage areas
- Responsible for daily inspection of forklift equipment prior to use.
- Complete forklift log/inspections sheets. Communicate any issues or concerns regarding forklift operation, safety, equipment, etc.
- Provide downtime-related information to supervision.
- Maintain operating supplies to optimize production. May make minor adjustments to equipment and supplies as needed.
- Responsible for maintaining a clean and organized work area and equipment.
- Advise supervision of operating, quality and safety concerns or issues.
- May assist with training of new or lower-level employees.
- Perform other tasks related to Production and Bottling as requested by Supervision.
- Qualifications:

Essential Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

– High School or GED preferred, not required. Must have basic reading, writing and math skills.

Prior Experience
– Ability to effectively operate various pieces of bottling machinery and equipment.

Certifications – requires valid forklift certification.

Valid CA Driver’s License – required

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – required to wear all required PPE at all times, as required in departmental standard operating procedures. This includes but is not limited to protective footwear with steel toes, ear and eye protection, gloves, etc.

Physical Requirements – Requires sitting on equipment for long periods of time, walking and standing on concrete floors. Requires ability to climb on and off forklift, stairs and ladders, lift, bend, twist and carry repetitively. Requires ability to lift and carry up to 45lbs on a frequent basis.

Work Environment – Requires mobility throughout Production facility, bottling and warehouse locations.

Technical Skills –Detail oriented and excellent organizational skills and mechanical aptitude required.

Must be able to follow directions.

Communication Skills – Ability to communicate information effectively with the team. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.

May require overtime work and/or schedule change as necessary to meet business needs.

Please note: Applicants who are offered and accept this position will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, background and reference check prior to hire date. Some positions may also require a pre-employment physical.
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Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Sonoma-Cutrer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

All applicants must have authorization to work for Sonoma-Cutrer in the U.S.

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