Smithfield Foods

  • Facilities Engineering Manager

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    Corporate - Day Shift
  • Your Opportunity

    Are you a creative, self-driven engineering professional that thrives in fast-paced environments; cultivating new ideas, and collaborating with key stakeholders to expand a business? Then join one of the country’s top 25 consumer packaged goods companies, Smithfield Foods!


    As part of our Engineering team, you would analyze data, draft implementation plans for production process optimization. Seeking out ways to maximize efficiencies by eliminating the waste of valuable resources that directly impact our overall operating costs. You are instrumental to the manufacturing of Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, and our other product brands, to meet the needs of our customers and consumers.


    The Facilities Engineer works both as a team member and team leader, leading the facilities engineering discipline for our domestic facilities, interacting with business partners and external resources to understand and develop facility requirements. The Facilities Engineer leverages a combination of experience in facility infrastructure design and knowledge of food manufacturing environments to support and develop technical direction for the domestic facilities and will perform engineering assignments over a wide range of projects of varying complexity. This role will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing facility standards for our existing and future operations.  

    Core Responsibilities

    General Responsibilities

    • Serves as the Technical Expert in for all facility related infrastructure needs including but not limited to structural and civil engineering needs, roofing, flooring, building envelope systems, fire protection, and HVAC and BAS systems. Serves as liaison for facilities for infrastructure needs related to electrical supply and distribution networks.

    Facility Engineering

    • Works with the Engineering team to develop preliminary facility and civil engineering design standards and specifications.
    • Collaborates with key operations, food safety, engineering, and maintenance groups to develop facility design specifications.
    • Works with the Engineering team to develop facility infrastructure data base.
    • Responsible for developing methodology to evaluate facility conditions, assessing the needs, and formulating solutions to deficiencies within the facilities.
    • Works with facilities, conducts project feasibility studies, and develops project cost estimates to address facility needs.
    • Responsible for developing and providing full risk analysis of facilities.
    • Works directly with facilities on projects and issues regarding facility infrastructure systems.
    • Assists facilities in developing short and long-term facility maintenance plans.
    • Assists in the development of the infrastructure capital plan by providing input and direction related to prioritizing facility infrastructure needs based on the risk analysis.
    • Interfaces with professional engineering resources at high levels during the design and development of projects.
    • Works with architectural and engineering design firms to develop preliminary facility and office models to support the business needs of the company.
    • Works with architectural and engineering design firms to develop design criteria in accordance with required standards and codes for assigned projects.
    • Will work closely with other engineering team members engaged in plant expansion, renovation, or other major projects or general contracting opportunities.
    • Acts as project manager, as required.

    Property Loss and Risk Management

    • Facilitates third party loss inspection audit and response processes for domestic facilities.
    • Coordinates and provides direction to facilities in developing solutions to deficiencies identified in loss inspection audits.
    • Assists facilities in developing feasibility studies and project cost estimates to address audit recommendations.
    • Provides management with regular progress updates on audit recommendation status.
    • Works directly with facilities to insure compliance with life and fire safety codes and regulations.
    • Leads the development and implementation, and insures the continuity of the Smithfield facility property loss control program and self-audit process.
    • Assists facilities in developing action plans to address property loss control audit deficiencies

    Reports and Proposals

    • Conducts engineering planning, design and operational studies in pre-project studies.
    • Determines scope of work, prepares requests for proposals and evaluates proposals.
    • Submits weekly reports to management by established deadlines.
    • Conducts audits on project performance and sustainability initiatives.


    • Acts as a lead by training, mentoring and providing guidance to plant engineering and maintenance personnel.


    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 Engineering and 10+ years of relevant engineering experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Must possess progressive facilities management experience in design, construction, operations, and maintenance of facilities.
    • Must possess technical expertise in commercial and light industrial HVAC and BAS systems.
    • Must possess knowledge of EPA Refrigerant Management Regulations and phase out schedules
    • Must possess strong knowledge of roofing systems, building envelope systems, and civil engineering disciplines.
    • Must possess strong knowledge of fire protection system design, applications, and functionality.
    • Must possess working knowledge of UBC and NFPA codes and regulations.  
    • Strong working knowledge of electrical supply and distribution systems is preferred.
    • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing and the meat industry, preferred.
    • Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues.
    • Knowledge of installation and construction project scheduling.
    • Must possess Project Management skills; Contract Administration skills; National codes and standards interpretation skills. Previous experience in the management of multi-million dollar projects with large scopes, preferred.
    • Proficient in AutoCAD drawing skills.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software and Word processing software, other Microsoft Suite products.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning and adaptability.
    • Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time.
    • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position has no supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to other engineering and maintenance professionals.

    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

    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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