Smithfield Foods

  • Plant IT Analyst

    Job Locations
    US-NE-Crete | US-NE-Lincoln
    Information Technology
    FLSA Status
    1st Shift
    IndSPR- Information Technology
  • Your Opportunity

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


    This is an exciting time to be in IT&T (Information Technology & Transformation) at Smithfield Foods.  The IT&T team is a significant force in leading the digital transformation for Smithfield.  The Infrastructure Services team is an integral part of the digital transformation.  Identifying and implementing technology initiatives across the enterprise, the Infrastructure Services team is positioned to identify opportunities for innovative and the creative application of technology to deliver efficiencies, standardize the portfolio and create a flexible technology foundation.


    Tightly coupled with our Business Relationship Management team and Enterprise Solution Architecture team the Plant IT Analyst has a voice in providing creative ideas and innovations which will help drive the success of Smithfield IT&T.


    The Plant IT Analyst candidate should have an innovative mindset focused on continuous improvement of plant operations. Digital savvy (understands or has experience with IIOT RPA,AI, Analytics, APIs, Agile, VR, AR, apps, ecommerce).  Have vast experience and able to do process documentation effectively. Provides thought leadership in systems support, design and deployment to promote the strategy, management and oversight of Digital Transformation as it relates to IoT and its value add to business operations in the following areas: Plant operations, Warehousing and Logistics, Purchasing, Supply Planning, Quality Assurance and Food Safety.  Leads assigned projects and acts as a back-up for other Plant IT Analysts.  Responsible for the implementation, proactive monitoring and technical support of computer systems, equipment and network administration.  Intellectual curiosity, vendor management skills and be an effective communicator.

    Core Responsibilities

    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

    • Identifies data collection opportunities which would result in improved business operations and effectiveness. Identifies and recommends continuous improvement solutions and changes.
    • Directly interacts with Business Relationship Managers and Business Analysts in developing and implementing business improvement solutions.
    • Implements and provides assistance with the support and troubleshooting of computer systems, telecommunications network, telephone equipment, cell phones, printers, peripherals, copiers, fax machines, time clocks and video surveillance systems. Works with key users to troubleshoot manufacturing applications and interfaces; provides problem resolution. Maintain and enhance systems as required to support changing business and technical needs.
    • Coordinates communications with Service Desk, vendors, outside contractors and corporate systems administrators.
    • Monitors and identifies needs and gaps related to information security, backups, archiving, and disaster recovery.
    • Oversees the acquisition of technology equipment and supplies. Maintains equipment inventory. Repairs minor equipment malfunctions and recycles defective/obsolete equipment.
    • Understands and participates in the program specifications and development related to data collection systems.
    • Documents technical systems and procedures.
    • Performs analytical and support activities on-site and remotely for multiple plant locations with a regional focus. With additional opportunities for participation in plant activities nationwide.
    • Leads or participates on implementation teams deploying new systems and operational processes in accordance with strategic business initiatives. Assists in the development of detailed implementation and contingency plans. Provides user and management training before, during and after system deployments. Prepares site infrastructure as needed to accommodate new systems and processes. Travels to implementation sites, when appropriate, to assist in on-site deployment and training.
    • Builds and maintain relationships with key plant and corporate management and with affiliated independent operating companies to identify and implement best practices and technology across the enterprise. Establishes and maintains productive relationships with equipment and system vendors.

    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 four-year college or university in Computer Science, Information Systems, IT or related field and 3+ years’ experience maintaining computer equipment including network systems; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
    • Understanding of applications development environment, data collections, data interfaces, data management and infrastructure capabilities and constraints.
    • Ability to analyze, translate, and define business requirements into technical solutions.
    • Experience with Windows Operating Systems.
    • Knowledge of operational characteristics of information services systems, hardware and software. Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques used in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of systems, networks, and applications.


    • Exceptional interpersonal skills - teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
    • Ability to adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
    • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
    • Must demonstrate the ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization.
    • Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently.
    • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
    • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to plan, organizes, prioritize, and work under pressure and meet established goals and objectives.
    • Ability to work with project teams in both a managed service or in/outsourced environment


    • Work with internal and external stakeholders to understand the needs for the various technical solutions.
    • Ability to communicate, influence and persuade peers
    • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.
    • Effective collaboration skills, focusing on strong working relationships with all functional units of the organization.
    • Strong coaching and leadership experience
    • Works under pressure and can manage competing priorities.
    • Ability to work as part of a cross-cultural team including flexibility to support multiple locations when necessary.
    • Able to work independently or as part of a team.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

    Work Environment & 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.

    • Frequently required to sit; stand; reach with hands and arms; use hands to handle or feel; and talk or hear.
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

    Work Environment & Physical Demands

    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.

    • The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant.  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 employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status or status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

    Careers and Benefits

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