US Cold Storage

  • Warehouse Lead/Trainer

    City US-IL-Minooka
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  • Overview

    PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: The Team Lead is responsible  for  operating  a  variety  of  material  handling  equipment  for  the  purpose  of  moving,  locating,  relocating,  stacking  and  counting  merchandise.  The equipment utilized in these functions is forklifts, slip sheets, and clamps.  The Team Lead  is  responsible  for  the  safe  and  efficient  use  of  these  vehicles.  The  Team Lead  is  also  responsible  for  order  selection  and  checking  as  the  need  dictates.  The Team Lead must be self-motivated and work with a minimal amount of supervision.  The Team Lead will be in training to learn how to oversee the planning, development and implementation of all warehouse procedures and activities required to meet customer requirements, working within this team to continually exceed USCS's facility and Company goals. Team Leads work closely with the Supervisor, Superintendent and Warehouse Manager.  Team Leads will be in training to learn how to be responsible for the efficient execution of warehouse operations within assigned shifts or teams. 

    This position will also be in training to manage warehouse employee related functions, including but not limited to staffing, performance management, individual and team development, and safety, while maintaining a positive work environment.


    Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Accuracy of all paperwork produced.
    • Follow all customer requirements.
    • Assist supervision/management as needed.
    • Follow company policies, guidelines and work instructions.
    • Maintain professional relationship with the carriers and customers.


    Functions may vary dependent on areas of operation. 





     Include the following. Other duties as assigned.

    • Shipping  and  Receiving :  Unload  and  load  trailers  and  verify  proper  stacking  and  freight  not  being  mixed  on  pallets,  one  item  to  a  pallet  as  required  unless  instructed  otherwise.  Tape or stretch-wrap pallet as required to ensure product stability.
    • Checking : Prior  to  product  storage, count  all product,  compare  your  counts  to  the  drivers’  manifest  and  check  all  shipments  for  damage,  infestation  and  production  code  dates.  Report  shortages  damages  and  misplacements  to  your  immediate  supervisor  who  will  forward  the  information  to  the  appropriate  parties. Must  be  able  to  move  product  to  the  storage  locations.  Must  also  be  able  to  stack  and  store  the  product  in the  appropriate  areas.
    • Over,  Short, and  Damage :  Identify  and  recover  any  received  or  shipping  damage  consistent  with  Company  policy.  Report all shortages and overages to your area supervisor.
    • Inventory:  Assistant in physical inventories with use of scanners.  Ensure proper stock rotation by following lot number identification.
    • Order  Picking:  Pull  and  prepare  product  for  shipment, ensuring  that  the  exact  number  and  type  of  product  is  located  and  shipped,  Make  certain  product  comes  from  the  proper  locations  and  the  lot  numbers  agree  to  the  picking  documents.  Perform  picking  duties  in  an  efficient  manner  that  meets  customer  service  standards.  Pallets are typically built to a height of approximately 7 feet.
    • Loading : Efficiently  move  product  from  the  staging  or  storage  areas  into  railcars  or  trailers.  
    • Equipment : Load,  unload,  move,  stack  and  stage  product  and  materials  using  a  forklift,  clamp  truck,  slip-sheet  or  other  power  equipment  Maintain  the  facilities,  equipment  and  materials  in  a  neat,  clean  orderly  fashion.  Daily  inspect  and  verify  equipment  is  operating  prior  to  the  start  of  the  day’s  activity.  Advise your supervisor of any problems encountered.  Operate  all  equipment  in  a  safe  and  efficient  manner  following  prescribed  work  methods        
    • Oversee inventory control functions and procedures, including cycle counts, product rotation and recall, training, customer claims and requests, and record keeping.
    • Participate in the training process of new warehouse employees.
    • Provide hands-on leadership to the ongoing development of the assigned personnel and teams.
    • Maximize the utilization of all USCS warehouse support computer system applications and tools, including RF equipment, making recommendations for continuous improvement.
    • Work with Customer Service personnel to ensure that all requirements and requests are responded to in the highest professional manner.
    • Maximize all warehouse activities as they relate to meeting established financial goals, making recommendations to the Superintendent/Manager for operational and capital improvements.
    • Develop good working relationships at all levels within the USCS team environment, leading and communicating as needed to maximize individual and team performance.


    • Maintain a professional manner in appearance and communications at all times.
    • Participate in staff and/or customer meetings if required.
    • Develop PC/tablet skills to perform any e-mailing, reports, label preparation, order release, driver sign-out, inventory checks and/or any type of PC/tablet function necessary for that specific area.  


    Safety, Housekeeping, Security

    • Safety glasses, seat belts, and ID badges must be worn if associates are on forklifts.
    • Follow posted security procedures at all times while in the building.
    • Maintain a clean, neat and orderly work/lunch room area. 
    • Maintain a clean, neat and orderly area. 
    • Assist in maintaining the security of the warehouse. 
    • Conduct operations in a manner, which promotes safety.
    • Required to attend Ammonia Training Class yearly.

    Responsibility and Authority

    • Initiate action to prevent the occurrence of any non-conformities relating to product, process, and quality systems.
    • Identify and record any issues relating to product, processes and/or quality.
    • Initiate, recommend, or provide solutions through appropriate channels.
    • Verify the implementation of solutions.
    • Ensure that all warehouse sanitation, safety and security activities are consistently performed within the highest USCS, OSHA and other government compliance, and industry standards.
    • Act on the Supervisor’s behalf when necessary.
    • Provide leadership to the efficient coordination and execution of workflow throughout the warehouse, consistently keeping safety, sanitation, cost controls, productivity, accuracy, team environment, and customer satisfaction in line with facility goals.



    The  requirements  that  an  individual  must  absolutely  posses  to  perform  the  essential  functions  of  the job :

    • Capable of operating forklifts and their attachments.
    • Have good arithmetic skills.
    • Be able to read.
    • Capable of following verbal and written instructions.
    • Available to work various shifts.
    • Capable of standing and walking extended periods of time.
    • Pass written and driving forklift exam.
    • Understand and follow company policy as stated in the employee handbook.


    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below are representative of the qualifications required to successfully perform each essential duty. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

    Education:                               High School Degree/GED Required

    Experience:                             2+ years experience in all warehouse functions

    2+ years experience with warehouse management computer system

                                                    -Ability to demonstrate knowledge and mastery of all warehouse functions


    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described below are representative of those required of an individual performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 

    • Stand, walk; use hands and feet to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear.
    • Use of scanners, telephones, and warehouse machinery.
    • The employee must be capable of occasionally lifting up to 70 lbs.
    • Work longer hours as needed to satisfy customer and USCS daily and seasonal requirements.
    • Drive a registered motor vehicle to satisfy daily requirements.
    • Able to lift and move product above head.
    • Have acceptable and / or correctable vision.



    WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

    • Work in an atmosphere range of + 50 to - 30 degrees F.
    • The noise level in the work area is usually moderate.
    • Personal interaction and communication required to and from other people is extremely high.
    • Daily workflow is fast paced, dependent on daily and seasonal customer and USCS company requirements. 


    The above job description may not include all tasks necessary to complete the job.  The job description is a listing of the most common tasks the associate will be required to perform in that job area.  The administrator will be required to perform all of the above listed tasks.     



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