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The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

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As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

General information

All posting locations: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Department: 06 - 00 Manufacturing

Date Published: 07-Apr-2021

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

Forklift Operator/Train Operator

 Fort Smith- AR Plant

Benefits & Compensation Overview:

  • Medical with HSA Savings Plan Available
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short Term Disability and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance; Can buy additional for self and family
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Additional perks:  Pet Insurance- (EAP) Employee Assistance Program- Identity Theft Protection- etc..
  • (HRA) Health Reimbursement Account or (HSA) Health Savings Account.
  • Starting Pay:  $21.64
  • (FOIP) Field Operations Incentive Plan Bonus Incentive

Work Schedule:

D Shift:    Thursday- Friday- Saturday and- every other Sunday

                             5:30 PM to 6:00 AM- Nights


Welcome to Fort Smith Community!

https://www.fortsmithchamber.org/     http://www.fortsmithar.gov/

Fort Smith is the second largest city in Arkansas with a population of over 88-000.  Daily commuters increase the working population to over 250-000 during the workday from surrounding counties:  Arkansas counties of Crawford- Franklin- and Sebastian- and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.   Fort Smith has several historical sites and is the site for the National Marshalls Museum.  There are festivals- music events- and Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair- and many more….

Fort Smith Plant

  • Planters Peanuts started being produced in Fort Smith in 1975 and has enjoyed a record of growth and improvement.  Over 100 SKUs are produced at Fort Smith in peanut and tree nut blends from small convenience store packaging to large club store containers.
  • Kraft Heinz-Fort Smith has approximately 260 Employees Non-Union- Full Time Employees- as well as Third Party Warehouse and Production employees and contractors.
  • 4 Shifts for 24/7 Operation:  12 Hour Shifts (A/B/C/D) Mon-Wed or Thurs-Sat crews alternate Sundays 36/48 pattern.

  Explore our Website!     https://www.planters.com/

Job Overview:

Are you ready to join a team of Owners that safely produce a quality product with 100 years of history?  Kraft Heinz is the place for team members that want to be Owners of their process/area/equipment/plant!  We offer a complete job experience that requires a variety of skills and advancement opportunities.   You will not just run a machine…. you will Own your piece of the Planters plant- from Operating- Troubleshooting- Quality- Safety- Set up- Sanitation- Work Standards- our Owners are the Critical Piece!

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Ensure safe work environment for self and others by complying with all safety rules- requirements- and programs- as well as making suggestions to improve safety of the facility and personnel.
  • Accountable for Quality standards of your product by supporting all Quality programs and complying with all policies- HACCP- and GMP/Food Safety requirements.
  • Effectively operate all current and future equipment for Raw Nut Receiving equipment- support equipment- and work to cross train to support other departmental roles.
  • Demonstrate high level of competency on quality checks and forklift and rail yard operation.
  • Achieve expected performance results on all equipment operated per reported data from the SAP.
  • Complete sanitation responsibilities in a timely manner for equipment necessary to provide an allergen free set-up and changeover.
  • Attend to equipment breakdowns- identify necessary resources to repair- and assist in troubleshooting to bring equipment back to operable condition.
  • Perform basic preventive maintenance tasks on equipment- assist maintenance with repairs.
  • Operate computers or computerized operator interface to track inventory management and shipment movements.
  • Input data into the production report database application and issue reports using e-mail as needed.
  • Utilize all support equipment necessary to perform housekeeping and work: forklift- hand lift- sanitation equipment


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Qualify to wear a respirator via Pulmonary Functional Capacity Test-NO BEARDS due to respirator!
  • 2 Years of Lift Truck Driving Experience-prefer high rack experience.
  • Qualify to safely operator Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Qualify to safely operate Railroad switch yard engine
  • Able to Operate Computers & Computerized equipment for equipment operation- quality- safety and compliance testing and training.
  • Desire to be an Owner and participate in the success of the business.
  • Communicate with co-workers face to face- by telephone- and electronic communications.
  • Able to give and understand instructions and hold conversations in manufacturing environment- as well as an office or classroom setting.
  • Possess manual dexterity necessary to operate equipment- disassemble and reassemble equipment- operate a computer- forklift- rail engine and switch yard equipment- and other standard office equipment.
  • Vision adequate to manipulate equipment controls- complete paperwork- utilize computers- and have depth perception.
  • Complete training for Powered Industrial Trucks- Rail Engine- Respirator- Environmental- LOTO- Confined Space Entry and Fall Protection usage.
  • Lift up to 50 lbs. independently and heavier weights with assistance.
  • Walk- Sit- Stand for duration of shift with regular breaks
  • Wear all Required Personal Protective Equipment- PPE- to perform job tasks
  • Climb stairs- steps and ladders- as well as work at heights on equipment- platforms- and walkways.
  • Perform bending- squatting- kneeling- leaning- and reaching at both ground level and overhead.
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Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity