Smithfield Foods

  • Hog Procurement Business Manager

    Job Locations
    US-SD-Sioux Falls
    FLSA Status
    1st Shift
  • Your Opportunity

    Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich ®, Nathan's Famous ®, Farmland ®, Armour ®, Farmer John ®, Kretschmar ®, John Morrell ®, Cook's ®, Gwaltney ®, Carando ®, Margherita ®, Curly's ®, Healthy Ones ®, Morliny ®, Krakus ® and Berlinki ®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs.

    The Hog Procurement Business Manager is responsible for meeting plant supply needs for livestock at a competitive cost. This position directs and coordinates activities of personnel engaged in the purchasing and receipt of livestock, and ensures processes are handled in an appropriate and humane manner according to company policies and USDA regulations. Works in coordination with the Smithfield procurement team to optimize hog supply purchasing.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Plans, organizes, directs and controls the activities related to the procurement function for the plant. Provides leadership and development of staff. Purchases and schedules the targeted number of high quality market pigs for the facility using pricing tools and parameters set by the procurement management team. Utilizes technology to demonstrate where opportunities exist to improve business. Sets and follows budgets and plans as they relate to labor and facility costs.
    • Manages and promotes plant specific and regulatory compliance requirements to employees, suppliers, and truckers, providing emphasis on those pertaining to USDA Packers and Stockyards Program and the USDA FSIS Humane Handling regulations. Plays an active role in the preparation of contracts, bids, proposals and vendor agreements. Responsible for monitoring and ensuring agreed upon obligations are met between both Smithfield and suppliers.
    • Understands and interprets markets and establishes excellent business relationships with producers to support the procurement of hogs with suppliers.
    • Maintains professional business relationships with suppliers. Provides them with feedback and information from data gathered through plant databases. Cultivates long-term business relations with current and prospective suppliers.
    • Meets with suppliers at their locations to understand their needs, identifies changes and cultivates relationships. Supports current and future databases with updated supplier information, production knowledge and competitor analysis as needed.
    • Ensures that business objectives are set and achieved by the plant procurement group and the plant general manager. Designs, implements, manages and monitors procurement reporting systems to meet company requirements.
    • Build Smithfield brand through Key Supplier & Industry meetings, conventions and other opportunities that are within the radius of said plant.

    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 animal science, agricultural business, agricultural economics, economics or business and 5+ years’ of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Truckers Quality Assurance-Advisor Training, preferred.
    • Pork Quality Assurance-Certification or Advisor, preferred.
    • Prior knowledge of the pork or food industry.
    • USDA bondable.
    • Knowledge of accounting, inventory, manufacturing and ordering process.
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
    • Economic and math skills, and the ability to analyze information and data.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Strong business and negotiating skills.
    • Independent decision making abilities.
    • Must be able to travel 10% or more 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

    • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Procurement 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.

    • Frequently required to sit; stand; walk; bend; stoop; crouch; squat and reach with hands and arms.
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 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

    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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