Smithfield Foods

  • Plant Production Trainer

    ID
    2019-11592
    Job Locations
    US-NC-Tar Heel
    Category
    Training Programs
    Type
    Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    Non-Exempt
    Shift
    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.

     

    Responsible for training and assisting assigned hourly employees in the development of knife techniques to include sharpening and maintenance of sharpening tools.  Will work the vast majority of time on the production floor coaching and assisting employees in their knife sharpening techniques and knowledge.  Will work with all employees, spending more time with those experiencing difficulty with maintaining a sharp cutting tool.  Develops tracking documents to best identify those needing additional training.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Trains hourly production employees on how to sharpen cutting tools and how to maintain sharpening devices in good condition.
    • Travels the production line in observation of inappropriate knife usage or knife sharpening techniques that could prevent an employee form having a sharp knife.
    • Corrects and retrains employees exhibiting behavior that is contrary to training.
    • Documents and identifies trends involving employees, tools, or jobs/tasks having most the most difficulty maintaining a sharp cutting tool.
    • Schedules training time with employees needing additional training.
    • In the absence of key personnel the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.

    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.

    Qualifications

    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) and 2 years’ experience in a Manufacturing environment and/or training, required.
    • Meat Industry experience, preferred.
    • Must be highly skilled in the use of straight and whizard knives to include sharpening techniques and the maintenance of steels, mouse traps and other related sharpening equipment.
    • Must be willing to take instruction from Master Knife Trainers and train according to our best practices.
    • Must have the ability to train and communicate effectively both verbal and written.
    • Ability to evaluate employee performance/techniques with cutting tools.
    • Must be an effective teacher/trainer exhibiting patience and dedication.
    • Must be able to deal with stressful situations calmly and exhibit good judgement.
    • Must have good time management skills.
    • 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.
    • Bilingual, preferred.

    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 30 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk; use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, climb or crawl.

    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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