Smithfield Foods

  • Job ID
    FLSA Status
    1st Shift
  • Overview

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


    This position is responsible for assisting the Plant Manager in planning, leading, guiding, directing, and managing a large site consistent with policies and procedures of Smithfield as well as with Federal, state and local law. Accountable for the high quality of all products produced, the profitability of the facility, the safety of employees, security of the facility, budget planning, management and control, human resource utilization and treatment, and the development of a total employee team. Indirectly responsible that plant labor, raw material, yields; supplies, waste and human resources are managed in the most effective manner, resulting in a positive contribution to the bottom line of the company P&L.


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:


    Yield & Labor

    • Establishes achievable goals and follows up all progress; positive or negative.
    • Trains and coaches supervisors/management to recognize opportunities and realize their impact on the operation.
    • Tracks progress of yields, labor, and all related expenses.
    • Identifies opportunities and implement solutions.
    • Works to ensure operation is functioning to cost and budget so all aspects of the operation contribute to the total P&L.

    Safety & Quality

    • Ensures efficient and profitable operations by conformation to specifications and procedures.


    • Trains, manages, and directs all support staff activities to include HR/Safety, Food Safety/QA, Accounting, Maintenance and Production supervision.
    • Enables plant to ensure all aspects of the operation are consistent, and operates within Smithfield's standards.
    • Facilitates a profitable operation that produces safe quality products efficiently.

    Employee Relations

    • Ensures approachability and support to all levels of employees. Ensures management and hourly interaction remains contributable to a positive and effective team. Maintains accurate and open communication at all times.


    In the absence of the Plant Manager, this individual 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.

    • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in Agriculture, Animal Science, Business or related field and 8+ years’ experience in plant management.
    • Minimum of 5+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
    • Manufacturing knowledge and understanding of yields, plant efficiencies, and operations procedures.
    • Solid understanding of OSHA, USDA and Food Safety regulations.
    • Knowledge of different pork products and the Meat Industry, preferred.
    • Ability to work with, and lead, a diverse workforce.
    • Knowledge of SAP and Microsoft software (Excel and Word).
    • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
    • High level of organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
    • Strong interpersonal, technical and presentation skills.
    • Must be able to travel 10% of the time and work nights & weekends.
    • Bi-Lingual, preferred.
    • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Assists the Plant Manager in having responsibility for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the specified plant, which includes all managers, supervisors, office workers, and production employees.
    • 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 assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

    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 100 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

    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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