Smithfield Foods

  • Maintenance Superintendent- Distribution Center

    Job Locations
    Supply Chain
    FLSA Status
    1st Shift
  • Your Opportunity

    The Maintenance Superintendent is responsible for overall leadership and direction of all corrective, preventative and predictive mechanical, instrumentation and control maintenance for the safe, efficient and reliable operation of the facility. Leads a team of maintenance supervisors and a maintenance planner in the installation, maintenance and repair of facility tools, machines and equipment.

    Core Responsibilities

    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

    • Responsible for daily leadership and organization of the maintenance team by managing the preventative/predictive/corrective maintenance systems to optimize equipment reliability, prioritizing maintenance requests, overseeing facility inventory management and ensuring cost effective maintenance services.
    • Establish strategic priorities by partnering with operations, finance, production, safety, engineering and other departments.
    • Coach, train, counsel and manage performance of direct reports. Assist direct reports in managing crew performance.
    • Plan, budget, and oversee execution of facility repairs, modifications, installations and capital improvements.
    • Assure that all maintenance employees are knowledgeable of governmental, corporate and plant policies, procedures, including USDA, GMP, HACCP, OSHA, and EPA, and that adherence is enforced.
    • Actively manage cost control processes to drive down costs and improve operational and quality control efficiencies throughout the plant.
    • Responsible for creation and execution of DC sustainability goals.
    • Lead the development of HAZMAT team, implementation of Process Safety Management for the DC; team up with other facility leadership to develop and implement emergency shutdown and evacuation procedures.
    • Interact with and maintain working partnerships with employees, vendors, and contractors within the DC. 

    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 a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 5+ years’ relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Master's Degree, preferred.
    • Minimum of 2+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
    • Management experience in the meat industry preferred. PE or PMP certification a plus.
    • Prior experience with USDA regulations, anhydrous ammonia refrigeration systems, OSHA, HACCP, and GMP are required.
    • Hazmat certification a plus.
    • Bilingual Spanish is desirable.
    • Software skills: Prior experience using computerized maintenance software, Microsoft office applications required. SAP experience is preferred.
    • Technical Skills: Expertise in leading others in the maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of systems and equipment.
    • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and set performance expectations.
    • Demonstrated ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
    • Strong inter-personal skills, including verbal and written communication skills. Strong sense of urgency. Exhibits strong judgment and decision-making skills.
    • Occasional overnight travel to other company facilities, or travel for training/meetings.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Maintenance Department.
    • 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 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.

    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
    • Frequently required to sit; stand; walk; reach with hands and arms.

    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 distribution center.  The DC environment will include extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical equipment such as forklifts/hi-lifts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
    • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the loading areas.

    EEO/AA Information

    We are 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.


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