Material Handler

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Company Overview 

Brookside Flavor & Ingredients LLC (“BFI”) is a diversified developer, manufacturer, and marketer of food flavorings and ingredient serving both sweet and savory end markets. BFI is headquartered in Addison, IL with another facility in Branchburg, NJ. BFI is a fast-paced company expanding through de novo initiatives, organic growth, and continued acquisition of flavor companies and technologies. 

Job Title: Material Handler 

Department: Production 

Reports To: Production Manager 

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt 

Position Summary

This position picks and delivers raw material within the plant for delivery to the production floor ensuring accuracy and timeliness of all job functions and ensures that all materials are placed back into correct locations. Responsible for the inventory of all raw and packaging materials and the accountability for any inventory discrepancies. Maintains a safe, organized and clean work environment. 

 Job Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure timely and accurate picking and delivery of raw materials and packaging to the production area for compounding, mixing, and pack out. 
  • Manage all raw and packaging inventories with a focus on quantity accuracy, lot accuracy, location, and the update of locations 
  • Ensure that all materials are put back into the proper locations and must understand the requirements of the storage of flammable materials 
  • Accountability for raw and packaging inventory discrepancies. Provide information and answers to resolution or inventory discrepancies. 
  • Handle R&D sample requests for materials and/or packaging. 
  • Ensure that all processes and policies are followed, and that all documentation is filled out completely and correctly. 
  • Conduct cycle counts as requested. 

Building upon W. Edwards Deming’s mantra, Quality, Safety and Continuous Improvement are EVERONE’s responsibility and the cornerstone of our customer-focused culture, each of us needs to understand how our role and actions impact Quality, Safety and Continuous Improvement. With this understanding, we need to work together to build strong processes  that are continually improved to guarantee “fit for purpose” products and services for our customers.  

Location and travel: Position will be based in Addison, IL, with infrequent travel to the Branchburg, NJ and other locations as needed. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily; the requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  

  • 3+ years of relevant material handling/inventory control preferred 
  • An instinctive ability to identify root causes of inventory discrepancies 
  • Must understand the importance of lot traceability 
  • A team player with strong communication skills 
  • Strong problem-solving skills 
  • The ability to roll up the sleeves with a “can do” attitude 
  • Must be able to organize and plan ahead 
  • Must be adaptable to change and have a willingness to learn new things 
  • Comfortable using a computer on a semi-regular basis 

Physical Demands: 

  • Ability to routinely lift and carry up to 55 lbs continuously throughout the workday. 
  • Ability to sit, stand and walk throughout the workday. 
  • Ability to use a computer during the workday. 
  • Ability to handle heavy materials, including drums required. 
  • Ability to stand throughout the total hours of the working shift. 
  • Ability to walk through out the total hours of the working shift.  Fine finger dexterity. 
  • Ability to work with allergens (tree nuts, peanut, dairy, etc) 

Work Environment 

  • Work performed in a manufacturing environment 
  • Regularly exposed to odors, fumes, noise and allergens (tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, etc) 

Personal Protective Equipment 

  • Safety Glasses are required while performing specific tasks 
  • Nonslip steel toed shoes are required on the Production Floor 
  • Hairnets and facial hair nets are required to be worn on the Production Floor 
  • Lab coats, uniforms or coveralls are mandatory on the Production Floor 


This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation. As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required. 

Brookside Flavors & Ingredients, LLC. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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