Assistant Operations Manager


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 in the planning, leading, guiding, directing and managing a specific plant or area of a plant 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.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:


Employee Relations and Training

  • Maintains a high standard of employee relations to insure that Smithfield is an employer of choice and employees are aware of their obligations.

  • Provides training and counsel employees when necessary.

Safe Working Environment

  • Initiates and/or maintains required safety and ergonomic programs to ensure a safe working environment and meets the company goal of an injury free workplace.

  • Ensures employee safety training, assists in the identification of and correction of safety hazards and ergonomic issues.

  • Sets and attains goals to reduce injuries and cost per claim of injuries.?

Product Quality and Safety

  • Maintains desired product quality, safety and customer service standards.

  • Ensures all staff and employees know and understand HACCP and SSOP documents; CCP?s and the HACCP plan.

  • Ensures that company and USDA standards are met. Performs daily trouble shooting to ensure standards are met.

  • Maintains product failures and foreign material issues.

Yields and Efficiency

  • Maintains or exceeds goals on yields and efficiencies.

  • Ensures all operating procedures are followed and correct and/or update when needed.

  • Maintains a continuous effort for improvement seeking ways to improve.

Cost Control Program

  • Assists in maintaining acceptable plant profitability. Monitor yields and efficiencies daily.


  • 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.

  • Bachelor?s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university?and 5+ years? relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.

  • Minimum of 3+ 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.

  • Knowledge of OSHA Standards and USDA and HACCP regulations.

  • Knowledge of pork products, preferred.

  • Ability to lead a diverse work force.

  • Bilingual, preferred.

  • Knowledge of SAP, Internet, spreadsheet, Word processing, order processing and sales software.

  • Must be able to travel up to 5% of the time.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to plant 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 50 pounds.

  • Specific vision includes 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.

  • Office and plant setting. 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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