Smithfield Foods

  • Material Handler & Driver

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    1st Shift
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    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 Material Handler & Driver will use material handling equipment and the warehouse management system to build pallets of product for shipment, receive product into the warehouse, put away product in the fill locations and replenish product into slots.  The position also transfers product between the plant, distribution center, and local facilities via delivery truck as needed.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Safely and efficiently utilize warehouse material handling equipment
    • Utilize RF units and pick tickets, and receiving documentation
    • Build stable, well-built and accurate pallet loads for shipment
    • Ensure item pick accuracy and safety of product to prevent damage
    • Understand pallet layers, heights, and counting methods used when working with pallets of product
    • Read and understand product descriptions, packaging and pick ticket messages
    • Consistently meet established company production and service level standards
    • Utilize good housekeeping processes
    • Utilize effective food safety measures
    • Utilize warehouse processes to minimize damage and other areas of waste
    • Inform supervisor of any differences in case quantity and/or product description
    • Wrap the pallet by circling load with roll of plastic wrap until secure
    • Housekeeping during and at the end of shifts
    • Acts as Delivery Driver as needed for transporting product between the Plant and DC and from the DC to outside locations via a van or lighter vehicle.

    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. 

    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.
    • Previous experience in a warehouse or with heavy lifting preferred
    • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds continually during shift
    • Ability to consistently meet minimum production standards and company service levels
    • Must obtain proper powered industrial truck certifications during initial training phase
    • Ability to understand and follow both written and verbal instructions
    • Ability to operate pallet jack and other required materials handling equipment (MHE)
    • 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.

    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.

    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.


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