Smithfield Foods

  • Associate Industrial Engineer

    Job Locations
    US-NC-Tar Heel
    FLSA Status
    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.


    Identifies and implements Industrial Engineering activities, projects and initiatives of the facility. Works and collaborates with IE Management and Plant Management to define, develop, and implement plant continuous improvement projects in all areas of plant operations. Focuses on analysis and project implementation to optimize worker efficiency, yield improvement, waste reduction and workplace optimization along with accurate cost standards and procedures.

    Core Responsibilities

    Analysis and Measurement

    • Studies functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication.
    • Establishes work measurement programs and analyzes work samples to develop standards for labor utilization.
    • Analyzes work force utilization, facility layout, and operational data such as production costs, process flow charts, and production schedules, to determine efficient utilization of workers and equipment.


    Continuous Improvement

    • Recommends methods for improving worker efficiency and reducing waste of materials and utilities such as restructuring job duties, reorganization of workflow, relocating workstations and equipment, and purchase of equipment.
    • Confers with management and engineering staff to implement plans and recommendations.
    • Recommends and implements methods of improvement based on leading edge technologies and industrial engineering principles to improve operating performance and reduce waste, delays and costs.
    • Monitors installation and ensures proposal specifications and budget are met.


    Project Management

    • Develops and maintains management systems for cost analysis, financial planning, wage and salary administration, and job evaluation.
    • Ensures effective productivity and production measurements are established for identified processes in the plant. Monitors system and expands it as necessary.
    • Analyzes, recommends, designs and implements enhancements to existing work methods, flows and processes to improve current capabilities.
    • Communicates with management on all changes in work standards.



    • Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for methods and processes.
    • Manages multiple engineering projects ensuring on-time completion according to schedule and within budget guidelines.
    • Leads and coordinates the activities of those assigned to project teams.
    • Researches technology advancements and systems to develop cost effective improvements to operating methods and procedures.

    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 in Industrial Engineering or related field; required.
    • 2+ years of experience in Industrial Engineering, preferred.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
    • Strong planning, organization, and execution skills.
    • Ability to use exposure monitoring, equipment, interpret and communicate results.
    • Strong interpersonal and technical skills, required.
    • 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.
    • Must be able to travel 10% of the time.

    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.

    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

    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 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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