Food Safety/Quality Assurance Trainee – Kansas City, MO
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Safety/Quality Assurance Trainee - Career Foundation Program
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The position summary states the general nature and purpose of
the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.
functional trainee is an individual who undergoes training for positions in
their field of expertise. The Career Foundation Program is the best way
to prepare employees to become future leaders of the company. It equips them
with the required skills, judgment, and know-how of being an effective and
- A functional trainee
is exposed to every aspect of their business and role. A functional
trainee would be expected to know all facets of their particular piece
of the business, from sales to customer service, to quality assurance
and operations. As such, the functional trainee becomes very flexible
and a subject matter expert when it comes to skills related to his or
- You can have a pick of
the job you love most. Smithfield offers functional trainees a chance to work in
departments they feel they could excel in. Each rotation places an
emphasis on providing opportunities to enhance each trainee’s leadership
skills, and gain exposure to growth areas of the business. If you’ve
been particularly stellar in sales, or you are interested in operations,
you could choose to develop in that area.
- It develops teamwork. As trainees, you
will be working with teams or with a department leader who will show you
how things are done. You will learn to work with teams of different
members across all levels of the organization. Sometimes, you will be
working with a higher management, other times you’ll work hand in hand
with your subordinates. Aside from developing teamwork, you could also
build up a mentor-apprentice relationship with the people you work with.
- Career opportunities
Career advancement is the ultimate goal of
training. Once a vacancy comes up, you will have a great chance of being
promoted. The Career Foundation Program
prepares graduates for positions with increased level of responsibility
and complexity. Simply put, the Career Foundation Program places you on
the radar of the company’s meticulous executives.
- It is the best way to
“earn your stripes”. Being part of a Career Development Program is very much
like being in school, or perhaps enrolling in an MBA program. The only
difference is that you get real work-related situations and problems
that need fast, implementable solutions. The result? You will have a
holistic understanding of your division and company.
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.
Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:
- Rotate within different
departments of the Quality Assurance and Food Safety function to gain
perspective in: Quality Verification & Regulatory Compliance,
Quality Improvement, Food Safety System
Verification & Regulatory Compliance.
- Work with cross functional departments
within the facility to gain understanding of how the departments support
the plant and how Quality Assurance/Food Safety interacts with them.
Departments include: Research&Development,
Accounting, Safety, Operations, Scheduling, Maintenance and Industrial
- Build knowledge and
understanding of role through investigating process opportunities
through root cause analysis, taking corrective action, and implementing
- Gain knowledge and
understanding of food science, meat processing, USDA, FSIS, HACCP, and
- Gain knowledge of regulatory
labeling compliance, customer/ vendor approval process, and co-packer
- Receive classroom instruction
in subjects related to their rotational experience.
- Attend lectures, watch guest
speakers, create and execute projects, and oral presentations.
- Participate in periodic
- Work with and through
management to develop and implement actions that protect company assets
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 Food
Science, Food Safety, Meat Science or related field (B.A. or B.S.) from
four-year college or university
- Desire and attitude to
- Planning, organization and
- Strong oral and written
- Strong decision-making and
problem solving skills.
- Ability to travel and relocate.
- Applicants must be authorized
to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
- Must be able to relocate during
the 24-month period rotation.