Smithfield Foods

  • Maintenance Manager

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    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.


    The Maintenance Manager is responsible for implementing and guiding efforts across the organization to ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment and processes that could adversely affect plant operations. This individual will develop and institute reliability program strategies and elements as well as champion the transfer and implementation of best practices.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Works from a corporate perspective with plant reliability personnel and across functional departments to coordinate and administer standardized maintenance and reliability strategies for existing and new equipment programs.
    • Responsible for the planning, development and deployment of industry best practices in maintenance management and reliability engineering.
    • Responsible for and supports the facilitation, oversite, coordination, and administration of reliability elements of asset health assurance, criticality analysis, equipment hierarchy, RCA, component reliability, Operator Driven Reliability, predictive and preventative maintenance plan procedures, equipment maintenance support of daily maintenance effort, technical training, parts standardization, stores management, bill of materials, operational reliability, and reliability centered lubrication
    • Responsible for consolidating and standardizing approaches for preventative/predictive maintenance tasks and maintenance repair techniques from a corporate perspective for assigned Smithfield facilities
    • Works closely with plant engineers, corporate resources, and equipment vendors to coordinate the development of engineering solutions and effectively identify root causes and address identified areas for improvement for repetitive equipment failures, and other maintenance problems to reduce the need for maintenance while improving costs and reliability
    • Identifies potential for cost reduction through improved equipment reliability, extended parts life, reduced labor cost, and other reliability-related improvement techniques
    • Evaluates plant maintenance training needs and determines how to ensure that training opportunities are made available
    • Works within the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)/SAP and utilizes its functionality to correlate the data for reliability analysis
    • Facilitates the sharing of best practices, root cause solutions and procedural changes across the organization while ensuring the implementation of transferred best practices in an effort to maintain standardization and improve equipment performance
    • Determines asset condition and reliability guidelines, performing necessary calculations to assess their performance and providing guidance in business decision to repair or replace assets.

    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 Engineering or related field and 5+ years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing and the meat industry, preferred.
    • Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues.
    • Proficient in SAP and CMMS preferred
    • Ability to communicate technical ideas and concepts effectively
    • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Suite products.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning and adaptability.
    • 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.
    • Travel is required with extended overnight stays.
    • Must be able to travel 50% of the time.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position has no supervisory responsibilities but will act as a lead by providing training and guidance to engineering and maintenance professionals.

    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.

    • When located in the plant the 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.
    • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
    • Specific vision includes close vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to sit, use hands to handle, or feel, and talk or hear.


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