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Food Safety/Quality Assurance Trainee – Kansas City, MO
Smithfield Foods




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Food Safety/Quality Assurance Trainee - Career Foundation Program

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US-MO-Kansas City

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Corporate - Day Shift

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The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job.  Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


A 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 responsible leader.


  1. 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 her job.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Career opportunities are endless. 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.


  1. 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.



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.


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 Engineering.
  • Build knowledge and understanding of role through investigating process opportunities through root cause analysis, taking corrective action, and implementing process improvements.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of food science, meat processing, USDA, FSIS, HACCP, and SSOP.
  • Gain knowledge of regulatory labeling compliance, customer/ vendor approval process, and co-packer approval process.
  • 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 performance evaluations.
  • Work with and through management to develop and implement actions that protect company assets and profitability.


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 excel.
  • Planning, organization and execution skills.
  • Strong oral and written language skills.
  • 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.


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