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.


    Procures livestock from existing suppliers, prepares schedules and deliveries for the plant, reports purchases, identifies new suppliers and cultivates relationships with current suppliers and key industry contacts.


    **Occasional Saturdays anticipated**


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:


    **Occasional Saturdays anticipated**

    1. Market Hog Supply: Purchases and schedules the targeted number of high quality market pigs for each designated facility using the pricing tools and parameters set by the procurement team. Understands and interprets markets for procuring hogs with suppliers. Utilizes technology to demonstrate where opportunities exist in improving their business.
    2. Supplier Relationships:  Maintains professional business relationships with suppliers. Provides feedback and information from data gathered through plant databases.  Cultivates long-term business relationships with current and prospective suppliers.
    3. Supply Base Development: Meets with suppliers at their locations to understand their needs, identifies changes and cultivates relationships. Supports current and future databases with updated supplier information, production knowledge and competitor analysis as needed.
    4. Regulatory and Technical Responsibilities: Communicates and promotes plant specific and regulatory compliance requirements to suppliers and truckers.  Accurately reports all purchase information.
    5. Information: Tracks and communicates competitor insight, market trends and issues that might arise in a timely manner. Remains current, knowledgeable and proactive in completing required training. Identifies industry trends and company operations, policies and procedures.

    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 in animal science, agricultural business, agricultural economics, economics or business and 5 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Truckers Quality Assurance-Advisor Training, preferred.
    • Pork Quality Assurance-Certification or Advisor, preferred.
    • Prior knowledge of the pork or food industry.
    • USDA bondable.
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
    • Economic and math skills, and the ability to analyze information and data.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Strong business and negotiating skills.
    • Independent decision making abilities.

    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 75 pounds.
    • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

    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 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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