Operations Material Handler I – Day Shift


Midlothian, TX

SunOpta Overview:

SunOpta (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY) is an innovative and sustainable manufacturer fueling the future of food. With roots tracing back over 50 years, SunOpta drives growth for today’s leading brands by serving as a trusted innovation partner and value-added manufacturer, crafting organic, plant-based beverages, fruit snacks, nutritional beverages, broths and tea products sold through retail, club, foodservice and e-commerce channels. Alongside the company’s commitment to top brands, retailers and coffee shops, SunOpta also proudly produces its own brands, including SOWN®, Dream®, and West Life™. For more information, visit SunOpta and LinkedIn.

Job Summary:

The Operations Material Handler I will be required to:

  • Operator will perform all tasks involving the delivery of raw materials, palletizing, documentation, and storage of all finished goods.
  • Operate all energized and non-energized Forklift and Palletizing equipment including Forklifts, Pallet Jacks, Floor Scrubber, Palletizing Robot and shrink wrap machines.
  • Follow written and verbal procedures to ensure quality and efficiency standards are being met.
  • Assume responsibility for the Batch Output area efficiencies, safety, quality following all GMP and PPE requirements for the safety of others and oneself.
  • Effectively communicates verbal and written information relevant to the position at the site.
  • Fill in for vacations and or cover if other employees are absent.

Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Utilizing the Oracle production tools and wireless handheld RF scanners to generate labels placing them on pallets and account for inventory.
  • Scan bar codes to make sure codes are accurate and legible.
  • Places finished product pallets in the warehouse processing all necessary moves including immediate transactions for the final locations.
  • Communicate to all other facility personnel regarding any delays or problems that hinder production.
  • Monitors and fixes faults as well as clearing any material jams in palletizing equipment.
  • Perform forklift inspections prior to shift with accurate documentation.
  • Conducts required quality checks to assure standards are met.
  • Maintains communications within production team ensuring smooth shift transitions.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve basic to moderate operating difficulties involving area equipment.
  • Support mechanics in appropriate maintenance activities.
  • Monitor raw packaging material and supplies to ensure it is supplied in an efficient manor to support production.
  • Maintain ingredients and material on a First in First Out basis (FIFO).
  • Relieve other production team members for breaks and absences as required.
  • Accurately prepares and maintains all area paperwork.
  • Must be able to work both independently as well as professionally with other team members.
  • All other duties, as assigned.

Key Accountabilities:


  • Adheres to all plant safety rules.
  • Reports all near misses and accidents to the production supervisor and or HR representative.
  • Serves an active role the plant safety programs, by participating in monthly safety inspections and reporting any potential safety hazards to the safety committee or Management.


  • Adheres to all Quality Assurance System guidelines.
  • Follows SOP’s and SSOP’s (standard operating procedures and sanitation standard operating procedures) when making processing adjustments, to ensure the manufacturing of high-quality liquid-based products.
  • Responsible for compliance with GMP’s, HACCP and SQF programs.
  • Identifies all critical control points (CCP) understanding their functions it relates to the process.


  • When Maintenance is occurring in your work
  • When equipment is in a state of disrepair these items must be reported ASAP to avoid break downs.


  • Maintain a clean and organized work area.
  • Assists all areas of the plant with general housekeeping.
  • Cooperates with other shifts and the management team in housekeeping endeavors.


  • As a member of the Production team, ensures effective shift communication and teamwork with other operators occurs each scheduled shift.
  • Maintains effective communication with members of the support group.

Teamwork and Training:

  • Promotes and contributes to the development of a strong team.
  • Works well among co-workers as a team.
  • Assist in coaching and training employees as requested by the management team.

Personal Development:

  • Continuously improve your knowledge of the Aseptic Filling process.
  • Become familiar with SunOpta 360.
  • Completes and adheres to the Annual Alchemy Schedule.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • 3 – 5 years of Forklift Driving.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be able to run all processors, CIPs, and monitor all surge tanks.
  • Understands procedures for all allergens and how to prevent cross contamination.
  • Must be able to perform maintenance on valves, surge tanks, and processors.
  • Must be able to prepare and maintain accurate paperwork.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve moderate to complex issues associated with the processors and related equipment.
  • Ability to assess a situation and make quick and accurate decisions that will aid in production.
  • Must adhere to all GMP's and Safety Procedures established by Management.
  • Understand terminology related to the process and surge equipment.
  • Must be able to stand and work for long periods of time (12) hours and lift a minimum 30-50 pounds frequently and push/pull pallet jacks and lifts with heavy loads.
  • Computer and basic math skills.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.

Additional Considerations:

  • Location: This position will be at our new SunOpta Plant in Midlothian, TX.
  • Work Environment: The majority of work for this position will be performed in a manufacturing / plant environment.
  • Shift: This is a day shift opening on a 2-2-3 pattern; 6 am to 6:30 pm.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.