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Hobby Operator-Forklift

Cox Automotive

Houston, TX
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Cox Automotive
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Company Cox Automotive
Title: Hobby Operator-Forklift
JobID: 1717104
Category: Fleet and Transportation
Industry: Cox Automotive
Job Type: Full-time


Job Scope

This position is responsible for safely picking up, storing, loading transports and setting non-drivable vehicles for sale with the use of a Front End Loader/Forklift equipped with 15- 17 foot forks. Vehicles are of varying sizes and conditions, with loose or hanging parts; attention to detail and safety is essential in protecting employees and customers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct daily pre-trip safety inspections before beginning work for the day
  • Make minor adjustment and/or request repairs in writing to the mechanic or supervisor
  • Safely load, unload, rearrange, and maneuver Forklift/Loader with 15-17 foot forks throughout the auction lot
  • Read stock numbers on the computer screen and verify the stock number and vehicle information directly from vehicle before loading onto forks
  • Move vehicles to inventory staging, sale stalls, or storage as determined by lot location paperwork or computer screens
  • Move vehicles into garage or other sheltered areas for insurance inspections, vehicle repairs, or as requested by supervisor
  • Load vehicles on transports or fleet trucks for transportation off of the lot
  • Plow snow when required by season and/or location

Change & Innovation

  • Frequently considers what the best way to do things and looks for ways to streamline and/or improve work processes
  • Draws from a variety of sources and experiences to identify alternative solutions
  • Adapts in the face of ambiguity or uncertainty
  • Embraces changes affecting one’s area

Customer Focus

  • Focuses on customer needs and preferences in delivering work product
  • Delivers impactful, timely solutions that are meaningful to the customer
  • Follows up with customers to ensure problems are solved
  • Shares information and explains procedures in a way that is easy for others to understand
  • Adapts personal style and approach to quickly establish rapport and maintains professional demeanor in all customer situations


  • Demonstrates “we versus me” thinking
  • Willingly provides assistance and support to others
  • Works cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Addresses and resolves conflict directly and constructively
  • Builds a relationship network within and across departments

Drives Results

  • Plans appropriately for daily work and projects
  • Delivers consistently strong performance that co-workers can rely upon
  • Ensures manager and others are advised of problems or obstacles in sufficient time for action to be taken
  • Recognizes when to escalate a problem to the next level and when to handle it individually
  • Negotiates/re-negotiates priorities and competing demands for one’s time
  • Maintains a proper pace

Effective Communication

  • Block vehicles when necessary and check for fluid leaks
  • Position reports to the Yard Supervisor
  • Provides clear and thorough information to others (e.g., verbal, written, email, Performs other responsibilities as required by management. presentations, meetings)
  • Listens actively and carefully to others’ opinions and ideas
  • Shares viewpoints openly and directly with others
  • Shares timely information with relevant parties

Develops Self and Others

  • Seeks opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills
  • Shares own experience and expertise with others
  • Accepts feedback openly, without becoming defensive
  • Learns from experiences, including successes, setbacks, and/or resistance


Education & Specialized Knowledge

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Ability to pass OSHA forklift/heavy equipment certification program with recertification Knowledge every 3 years
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record required
  • Experience 1 to 3 years experience preferred operating heavy equipment
  • Effective communication and organization skills required
  • Basic computer skills and the ability to utilize a portable terminal, brick, etc. preferred
  • Commitment to providing excellent customer service essential
  • Regularly required to stand, walk, reach, talk and hear
  • Frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat, and climb
  • Ability to spend prolonged periods of time sitting in cab of forklift/loader
  • Vision abilities include close, distance, and color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to remain focused and vigilant regarding surroundings and hazards on lot

Work Environment

  • Regular exposure to outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat and cold
  • Potential to spend up to 50% of shift out of the cab and outdoors
  • Driving and maneuvering forklift/pader in difficult situations with light to heavy crowds and traffic
  • Loading and unloading vehicles in various weather conditions

About Cox Automotive


Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, retail, financial and wholesale solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. The Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®,®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, VinSolutions®, Xtime®, incadea® and a host of other brands. With a complete and connected view of the automotive ecosystem, Cox Automotive is a global company connecting people, cars and capabilities with services that link the automotive value chain. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit

Organization: Cox Automotive

Primary Location: US-TX-Houston-8215 Kopman Dr

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Shift: Day Job

Travel: No

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing
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