Exciting news! VIVA, Our Best Lard, is now available in a convenient 2.5 lb tub on Amazon!

Opening Opportunities

Shipping Lead Operator 

Department: Shipping

Reports To: Production Supervisor

Status: Non-Exempt

Schedule: 3:00pm-11:30pm 

Salary: $25-$26/ hour D.O.E.


The Shipping and Receiving Lead Operator is responsible for leading the shipping and receiving team to success in shipping & receiving operations, including receiving raw materials, organizing, staging products to FIFO, data capture, accurate shipping of product.


  • Responsible to ensure they adheres to safety and quality expectations. 
  • Lead shipping and receiving operators by providing direction on daily tasks. 
  • Oversee shipping and receiving operator progress and responsibilities. Assist with tasks as needed. 
  • Responsible to train & develop new and existing operators. 
  • Assist with Performance Management and evaluation of team members.7u 
  • Support Production Supervisor in leadership activities. 
  • Audit established processes, procedures, and requirements to ensure team adherence. 
  • Actively engage in and support continuous improvement activities and goals. 
  • Assist with USDA Inspection as requested. 
  • Receiving
    • Review receiving schedule with receiving team prior to start time to ensure smooth operation. 
    • Instruct truck drivers on safety regulations such as placing wheel chock to prevent accidental movement and secure unloading. 
    • Review paperwork from truck driver and verify information such as shipment type, number of pallets, required temperature of product, and USDA registry seal. 
    • Ensure use of data capture in receiving of materials. 
    • Verify the seal or lock on truck container has not been broken or tampered with. 
    • Visually inspect container for vermin or fecal matter prior to unloading. 
    • Examine paperwork and compare with records, such as manifests, invoices, or orders, to verify accuracy. If paperwork does not match manifest, reject shipment. 
    • Check temperatures utilizing a handheld infrared thermometer to ensure temperature of the received raw product is within the USDA safety and security guidelines. (X < 40 degrees) If temperature does not comply with safety regulations, reject shipment. 
    • Operate powered lift vehicles to convey, move, and hoist materials to receiving area. 
    • For raw products, weigh pallets and ensure net weight is in accordance with the manifest. 
    • Create labels for raw products including shipment information, weight and hold for inspection tags. 
    • Transfer raw products to holding coolers for inspection. 
    • Transfer packing material to designated location as needed. 
  • Shipping
    • Review shipping orders with team prior to start time to ensure smooth operation. 
    • Instruct truck drivers on safety regulations required prior to loading such as placing wheel chocks to prevent accidental movement and secure loading. 
    • Visually inspect truck for cleanliness prior to loading. If container is not cleaned, instruct driver to clean container prior to loading. 
    • Review invoice from truck driver and verify information such as shipment type, number of pallets, shipment locations, and stacking assignment. 
    • Transfer invoiced product to shipping area from warehouse utilizing electrical pallet jackets and fork lifts. 
    • Review pallet # on shipment and document total numbers of products. Each pallet will be tagged with product information. 
    • After verification, load truck in accordance to shipment location by utilizing fork lifts and electrical pallet jacks. 
    • Create Certificate of Analysis if required. 
    • Review container prior to final seal. 
    • Document seal number and deliver to security guard for final seal prior to truck departure. 
  • Ability to wear proper PPE (bump cap, ear plugs, safety glasses, hair/beard nets, steel boots, gloves, etc). Always be mindful of and adhere to GMP, Quality and Food Safety requirements. 
  • Other duties and projects as assigned or needed by company leadership
  • Required to perform job duties on-site

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, typically:

• High School Diploma or GED.
• 1-3 years of experience in a related field.
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Self-motivated and able to work well in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to maintain regular and consistent attendance.
  • Effective verbal communication.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one conversations with other employees in the organization.
  • Able to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to use common sense to carry out simple one- or two-step instructions.
  • Ability to read and interpret policies and procedures.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to work holidays, nights, weekends, or different shifts.
  • Ability to work overtime.
  • Ability to operate machinery.
  • Ability to work in an environment with moderate to high noise level.
  • Thoroughness
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving Analysis
  • Communication Proficiency

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.

  • Outdoor environment. Exposure to natural environmental conditions, weather related heat and cold, wet or humid conditions, working near moving and mechanical parts, exposure to fumes, or airborne particles and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually loud while working around tanks, rail cars and inside plant.

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.

  • Perform tasks requiring reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, walking, talk, and hear.
  • Requires ability to lift or move objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Sustain frequent movement of the fingers, wrists, hands, and arms.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and focus.
  • Stand, walk, and/or sit for sustained periods of time on a daily basis.

I have read the job description above and I understand that the knowledge, skills, abilities and assigned responsibilities listed are conditions of my employment with Coast Packing Company. I also understand that the job description may be changed or altered at any time and may not include all my job responsibilities.