Smithfield Foods

Job ID
FLSA Status
1st Shift


In conjunction with external support, this position is responsible for the day to day oversight of the plant Human Resources and Safety Departments. This position is primarily responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring and retaining employees.  This position also has the overall accountability of the safety and health team and for worker’s compensation laws, OSHA, ADA and HIPPA regulations compliance.   Administration of safety and health programs to eliminate or reduce the associated costs of illness and injury and promote the maintenance of employee health and safety. 

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  • Maintain a positive labor/employee relations environment at the plant by counseling managers and employees on human resource policies and rules, identifying and resolving problems or recommending courses of action.
  • Ensure production employee retention/staffing levels for the business unit is maintained at an acceptable level to achieve business unit success.  This also includes data entry into the time/attendance keeping system and management of the job/vacation bid processes.
  • Coordinate and lead onboarding function for all hourly production employment, including but not limited to: I-9 verification, background submission, post offer physical exam process, orientation and training.  Includes employee orientation of handbooks, policies, procedures, benefits, food safety guidelines, safety training, hands on training, and environmental training (with assistance from quality assurance, food safety and safety and environmental managers)
  • Assist Human Resources/Safety leadership in providing position and performance guidance based upon human resources policies and procedures.  Including but not limited to data entry, records management, employee inquiries, community relations activities, temporary staffing services and invoice management.
  • Provide direction/leadership to all plant stakeholders as required.
  • Manage the plant Affirmation Action Plan.
  • Assist with filing and maintenance of regulatory records such as; maintain MSDS sheet book, OSHA Logs, environmental permits, record/maintain all Dynameter and Audiometer testing records for the plant.
  • Utilize best management practices that promote safety, health and wellness of Smithfield employees.  While doing walk-around, monitor employee compliance with wearing proper safety equipment as well as audit facility for safety violations.
  • Conduct and maintain documentation of inspections and facility audits at the plant.  Ensure contractors are following safety guidelines and that their employees are wearing all required PPE.
  • Transport injured/ill employees.  Communicate with local medical institutions to ensure proper case management of employee issues.
  • Act as communications liaison between the various safety Committees. Monitor compliance with meeting requirements and type and post team meeting minutes.  Required to lead one of the safety task groups.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Business Management or related field, and 3+ years’ of relevant HR or Safety experience; required.
  • Prior supervisory experience, preferred.
  • Must have general knowledge of the manufacturing process to be able to direct and evaluate the work of new employees and oversee training process of existing employees.
  • Experience in administration of benefits, compensation and other programs.
  • General knowledge of employment laws and practices.
  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Posses specialized knowledge of HR systems, processes and procedures.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills  
  • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats
  • Knowledge of SAP HRIS preferred; Internet software; Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power Point; Payroll database software required.
  • Prefer Bi-lingual skills:  Speak, read, write, address groups, individuals, conduct investigations, counseling, training, mentoring, using language other than English (as applicable to the business unit).
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position may have oversight of the clerical functions of HR.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions; work near moving parts and vibration.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but could be loud if out in the manufacturing or production areas


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