Smithfield Foods

  • Inventory Control Manager - Distribution Center

    Job Locations
    US-NC-Tar Heel
    Supply Chain
    FLSA Status
    All Shifts
  • Your Opportunity

    Are you an ambitious, multi-tasker who can solve problems in a fast-paced environment that loves BACON? Then you should join us in growing one of America’s top 25 consumer packaged goods companies, Smithfield Foods!


    The Supply Chain team is looking for motivated professionals to facilitate the distribution of our great products to customers and consumers. These personnel can analyze production metrics against market needs in Supply & Demand Planning, focus on product transportation through Logistics, or ensure the shelves of your local grocery store are stocked by Direct Store Delivery.


    The Inventory Control Manager is accountable for all aspects of inventory control including researching reasons for inventory discrepancies and directing product rotation. This position also supervises on-site Cycle Counters.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Implements and maintains policy and procedures relating to inventory control, to include ensuring the accuracy of warehouse inventory and analyzing poor products.
    • Ensures that division is in compliance with government policies.

    • Audits receiving and stocking procedures to ensure that policies are followed.

    • Responsible for employee development through training on policy & procedures.

    • Creates a cohesive organization by keeping lines of communication open.

    • Recognizes signs of operational problems (e.g., wrong product in slots, high shrink, receiving errors, lift errors) and provides detailed action steps required of DC management to correct them.

    • Ensures the cycle count and count back program is executed as designed, is consistent and accurate, including (but not limited to aisle audits and special counts for high value items). Success in this area is achieved when these counts and the corresponding system entries are performed thoroughly and accurately and provides benefit to the overall operation.

    • Ensures product rotation standards are maintained.

    • Elevates variances to established procedures to warehouse management immediately.

    • Validates the accuracy of product transferred from facility to facility. Works to insure accurate and timely reconciliations occur.

    • Oversees the release of products to vendors, other DC’s, and corporate locations, including inventory accuracy, correct paperwork, and efficient loading.

    • Ensures all paperwork associated with each job function in the DC is accurate and timely. Researches and resolves all discrepancies noted.

    • Confirms OS&D is kept up with and processed timely.

    • Handles requests from procurement, other facilities and corporate.

    • Provides ongoing training to Inventory Control staff.

    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 of related Inventory Control and/or Warehouse management experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Minimum of 2+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
    • Knowledge of Distribution Center Operations and Inventory Management, required.

    • Knowledge of SAP Manufacturing software; SAP Order processing systems; Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software and Microsoft Word Processing software.

    • Quantitative background with strong mathematical skills.
    • Project management skills.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

    • Strong decision making, analytical and problem-solving skills.

    • Ability to motivate, train and coach employees to encourage optimum performance and engagement.

    • Good planning and priority setting skills.

    • May be required to work long hours and weekends.

    • 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

    • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Distribution Center.
    • 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; occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

    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.

    • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions including heat, humidity, cold, and precipitation.

    • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud if working in the warehouse 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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    Why Work at Smithfield Foods 8-13-19


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