Smithfield Foods

  • Job ID
    FLSA Status
    2nd Shift
  • Overview

    The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


    Responsible for training and assisting assigned hourly employees in the development of knife techniques to include sharpening and maintenance of sharpening tools.  Will work the vast majority of time on the production floor coaching and assisting employees in their knife sharpening techniques and knowledge.  Will work with all employees, spending more time with those experiencing difficulty with maintaining a sharp cutting tool.  Develops tracking documents to best identify those needing additional training.


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

    1. Trains hourly production employees on how to sharpen cutting tools and how to maintain sharpening devices in good condition.
    2. Travels the production line in observation of inappropriate knife usage or knife sharpening techniques that could prevent an employee form having a sharp knife.
    3. Corrects and retrains employees exhibiting behavior that is contrary to training.
    4. Documents and identifies trends involving employees, tools, or jobs/tasks having most the most difficulty maintaining a sharp cutting tool.
    5. Schedules training time with employees needing additional training.
    6. In the absence of key personnel the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.

    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.

    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 2+ years’ experience in a Manufacturing environment and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Meat Industry experience, preferred.
    • Must be highly skilled in the use of straight and whizard knives to include sharpening techniques and the maintenance of steels, mouse traps and other related sharpening equipment.
    • Must be willing to take instruction from Master Knife Trainers and train according to our best practices.
    • Must have the ability to train and communicate effectively both verbal and written.
    • Ability to evaluate employee performance/techniques with cutting tools.
    • Must be an effective teacher/trainer exhibiting patience and dedication.
    • Must be able to deal with stressful situations calmly and exhibit good judgement.
    • Must have good time management skills.
    • Bilingual, preferred.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

    Physical Demands

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

    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk; use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, climb or crawl.

    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.

    • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
    • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

    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.


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