Smithfield Foods

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  • Overview

    This job description indicates the nature of production work routinely performed by a production employee at the Smithfield - Tar Heel Plant. This description is meant to help individuals who may be unfamiliar with food processing and what is required to perform this type of work.


    Production employees are routinely required to perform a variety of tasks that require manual material handling and the use of hand tools, knives, machinery and other equipment. Good hand-eye coordination and upper extremity motor skills are essential for most job tasks. Additional essential functions my be applicable to specific jobs.


    Production Starting Rate (Probationary Employees) = $10.00/hr




    1. Continuous standing in one location for long periods of time (up to 2-3 hours). Most jobs have fixed workstations and are conveyor line paced.
    2. Able to walk long distances on wet,uneven and slippery surfaces.
    3. Climbing or moving on ladders,steps, stairwells, walkways and platforms.
    4. Carrying, lifting, lowering,pushing and pulling of heavy and/or awkward objects or loads. Lifting and lowering of objects up to 60 lbs. Pushing or pulling of heavy carts, bins or transport containers.
    5. Working in a cold environment between 20-45 degrees F, hot environments between 80-110 Degrees F and frequent contact with animal fats.
    6. Wearing, using and maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE). Using, cleaning, maintaining, and safe handling of sharp cutting tools.
    7. Frequent static and/or awkward work postures with neck and spine flexion while grasping, pinching,pulling, lifting, extending,flexing the hands and arms to perform tasks. A variety of arm and hand movements are required in applying force,movement and repetition.
    8. Using and maintaining a variety of knives, hand tools, power tools and equipment, electrical devices, controls and motorized vehicles.
    9. Being able to understand and follow oral and written instructions from supervisor and or designated staff.
    10. Additional essential functions may be applicable to specific jobs.


    Key Responsibilities:


    1. Competent and trustworthy to comply with federal inspection programs and all company safety and health policies.
    2. Maintain regular and predictable attendance.
    3. Be available to work all scheduled hours, which may include mandatory overtime, depending upon production demands.




    Must complete the required Human Resources Development Class prior to interview.

    Supervisory Responsibilities


    Physical Demands

    Able to stand, twist and bend on hard floors for long periods of time.


    Work Environment

    Cold Temperatures between 20-45 Degrees F and Hot Temperatures between 80-110 Degrees F.

    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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