Hatchery CDL driver

Driving Sumter, South Carolina


Position at Pilgrim's

About Pilgrim’s 
Pilgrim’s is a leading global provider of high-quality food products, including well-recognized brands and value-added premium products. As one of the world’s largest poultry producers, Pilgrim’s has provided wholesome, quality products to customers and consumers for more than seven decades. It’s our passion for excellence that continues to drive us to be the best, and we seek opportunities to diversify and grow.  
At Pilgrim’s, we give you the tools you need to discover your perfect career match and the freedom and support to take your career to the next level. It is our goal to be your employer of choice and provide you with the opportunity for a better future!
Pilgrim’s wants YOU to join our Pilgrim’s Family as a Hatchery DRIVER! Pilgrim’s offers an excellent benefits and compensation package. 
Summary of Opening: 
The Chick/Egg driver is responsible for picking up chicks or eggs from the hatchery and delivering them to the farms each day. The driver is responsible for performing pre-trip and post-trip inspections as well as forklift inspections. The driver is responsible for loading the trailer with stacks of chicks on pallets. Each pallet could contain from 8 to 15 boxes of chicks per pallet with a maximum of 9 pallets per trailer. The driver will safely deliver the chicks to a farm and help unload them on-site using the forklift. Once all chicks have been unloaded, the driver will take the empty chick boxes and deliver them back to the hatchery to be cleaned. The driver will unload the pallets and push them into the processing room for the sanitation crew to wash. After the boxes have been dropped off, the driver repeats these steps after retrieving new boxes of chicks. The driver will haul approximately 2 or 3 loads a day.
The typical schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday starting around 6 a.m. until done hauling designated loads. Typically, a 10 to 12-hour work day.
Works occasional Wednesdays for driver meetings and deep cleaning trailers.
Work all holidays that fall on weekdays except for Christmas.  
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for driving a truck from the hatchery to and from various grower’s farms throughout the area delivering newly hatched chicks for grow out.  This position's importance lies in the fact that this person must make sure the product is delivered on a timely basis and is correctly placed in the grower's houses to help ensure a good start.  Successful applicants will also realize that they are representing Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation whenever they are driving a company vehicle, making sure to always follow the rules of the road. 
Description of Duties/Qualifications: 
  • Must have successfully completed the probationary/trial period. 
  • Must have excellent attendance habits. 
  • Must have no other disciplinary write-ups within the past 90 days. 
  • Will load trucks at hatchery, deliver chicks to farms, return empty carriers to hatchery and wash chick carriers after return to hatchery. The nature of the position is very physical. 
  • Must be able to drive large trucks in all types of weather and have the ability to chain wheels, if needed. 
  • Must be able to lift/push 100+ lbs. 
  • Must have a valid CDL Class A license, a good driving record, a drug-free record and must pass a DOT physical. 
  • Vision correctable to 20/20. 
  • Must possess good decision making ability. 
  • As trucks are heated for chick transport, some mechanical abilities in this area would be preferred if repairs to the vehicle were needed while in transit. 
  • May also be required to do other Hatchery related jobs. 
  • Good work ethics and able to work as a team with other drivers and Hatchery employees. 
  • Able to work in hot and dusty environments. 
  • Normal work days Monday – Tuesday, Thursday –Friday – work any scheduled holidays. Sometimes we do work Saturdays if needed. 
  • Start times vary with seasons, normal start times are 5:30 to 7:30 am and finish work by 6:30 pm. 
EXPECTATIONS – all Team Members 
·Observe & enforce all company personnel, quality, safety, and food safety policies. 
·Maintains a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you work effectively and cooperatively with customers, clients, coworkers, and leadership teams. 
·Participates in process improvement and problem solving utilizing continuous improvement and rational thinking methodologies such as Six Sigma.  
·Working knowledge of driving and traffic rules.  
·Appropriate skill to drive a truck safely 
·Ability to follow both written and verbal directions 
·Ability to communicate effectively with others in a manner that maintains harmony with co-workers 
·Considerable ability to lift up to 50 pounds. 
·Considerable ability to work under dusty adverse conditions. 
·Valid Class A Driver’s license and acceptable driving record according to Company Policy 622 required, (Possession of a single, valid operator’s license with appropriate vehicle classification for the operator's state of residence; no incident in prior 36 months in which the driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs; no incident in prior 36 months of reckless/careless driving; no major driving violations), for Lockout/Tag out safety as well as other company safety programs and policies. 
·Valid Pilgrim’s Forklift license or ability to obtain license within 30 days
·       Must be able to operate a manual CMV