Safety Supervisor - Smithfield, VA 23430
US-VA-Smithfield-North Plant Your Opportunity:
As part of our FS/QA team, you
would conduct routine sanitation checks, ensuring that HAACP and USDA
regulations are strictly enforced. Providing technical expertise to track
product from start to finish, and develop corrective actions when needed. You
will be responsible for ensuring that we are able to safely deliver the best
Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, or any of our
product brands to customers and consumers.
Responsible for the overall
accountability of ensuring the food safety system at the plant is properly
written, documented and implemented - thus ensuring USDA regulatory
compliance and the production of safe and wholesome meat and poultry
products. This position has a dual and equal reporting structure to the
Corporate Manager of Food Safety and the facility’s Food Safety Manager. This
reporting structure ensures a facility’s food safety system continues to
flourish without unnecessary decreases in operational productivity and
- Verifies that all Food Safety and Regulatory programs are
functioning as designed, being followed and correctly documented – thus
ensuring the facility has the “regulatory evidence” required to prove
they have produced safe and wholesome products.
- Ensures USDA regulatory compliance by making scientifically
defendable decisions that do not result in unjustified decreases in
operational productivity or efficiency.
- Visually inspects the cleanliness of the equipment in the
facility to ensure no adverse impacts on shelf life.
- Accountable for the overall design of the facility’s sanitation
program. Including authoring a written USDA regulatory program,
microbiological sampling, sanitation
performance tracking, training of applicable facility production and
meeting regularly with the USDA to discuss sanitation findings.
- Responsible for managing performance plans/reviews, work
schedules and assignments of other food safety staff members, if
- Able to quickly and thoroughly investigate a product/process
failure, determine the root cause and take prompt corrective actions;
while minimizing product exposure and production down time.
- May serve on special company and plant committees and task forces;
such as the Health and Safety Committee.
- Accountable for the preparation and the execution of USDA daily
verification tasks, as well as numerous 3rd party audits and USDA food
safety system assessments. Takes appropriate corrective action as a
result of any findings generated.
- Develops and fosters a strong working relationship with the USDA.
- Completes reassessments of SQF Quality Plan if:
- Addition or removal of processing steps
- Introduction of new product with processing steps not in
currently included in Quality Analysis
- At a minimum SQF Quality Plan is reassessed annually.
- Oversees the development, implementation, review and maintenance
of the SQF System, including food safety fundamentals outlined in 2.4.2,
the food safety plan outlined in 2.4.3 and the food quality plan
outlined in 2.4.4;
- Takes appropriate action to maintain the integrity of the SQF
- Communicates to relevant personnel all information essential to
ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of the SQF System.
- 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 (B.A.) from a regionally accredited four-year college or university; or equivalent combination
of education and experience.
- 2+ years’ experience in the food industry, preferred.
- Knowledge and understanding of quality assurance principles, food
science and meat processing, SPC and statistics; preferred.
- Comprehensive knowledge of USDA, FSIS, HACCP, and SSOP
- UDSA/HACCP Certified, preferred.
- SQF Certified Expert, preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to uphold regulatory, company and customer standards.
- Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from
customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
- Knowledge of Database software; Inventory software; Manufacturing
software; Spreadsheet and Word Processing software and SAP; preferred.
- Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.
- May be required to work long hours and weekends.
- Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Food Safety
- 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.
Work Environment & Physical
The work environment
characteristics and physical demands 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.
- 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.
Careers and Benefits:
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About Smithfield Foods:
Headquartered in Smithfield, Va.
since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with
agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European
employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly.®" and have made us one of the world's leading
vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability
standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as
our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We
believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated
hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield
boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For
more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on
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Smithfield is an equal opportunity
employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected
veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group
status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.