Plant Manager


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.
  • Formulates or approves short and long term operating objectives in areas such as cost reduction, quality improvement, new product development and/or integration as undertaken at the plant level.


  • Establishes accurate fixed and capital budgets for annual planning purposes.
  • 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.
  • Establishes and maintains favorable plant company community relationships through active participation in community affairs.

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 regionally accredited four-year college or university in Agriculture, Animal Science, Business or related field and 10+ years experience in plant management; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 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.


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