Smithfield Foods

  • Associate Plant HR Generalist

    Job Locations
    US-IA-Mason City
    Human Resources
    FLSA Status
    1st Shift
  • Your Opportunity

    Are you an enthusiastic, goal-oriented Human Resources professional who can lead projects, enforce policy, multi-task, and uphold programs in the manufacturing industry?  Then you should join us in growing one of America’s top 25 consumer packaged goods companies, Smithfield Foods!


    The Human Resources team is searching for ambitious personnel to join their everyday mission to discover, hire, and retain great talent. These personnel are the conduit for positive employee relations, performance management, and focal point for benefits/compensation. You would be instrumental in achieving Smithfield’s goal to become the #1 consumer packaged goods company in the world!


    The Associate HR Generalist provides administrative assistance to the Human Resources department. The position will focus on recruiting, policy and procedure administration, training and various administrative duties. This position performs complex duties requiring independent judgment and coordination in one or more areas of a comprehensive human resource operation.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Maintains employee files such as employee personnel files, benefit files and staffing/recruiting files.
    • Maintains department files in accordance with the Company retention policy/guidelines.
    • Processes HR paperwork including applications, new hire paperwork, pay changes, data changes, terminations and other confidential employee information.
    • Manages the recruiting and pre-employment efforts for assigned client groups by reviewing resumes, conducting phone screens, scheduling interviews, creating offer letters, initiating drug/background checks and creating new hire packets.
    • Assists in conducting and the administering the New Employee Orientation program for all New Hires and provides support for the full on-boarding cycle.
    • Assists in maintaining and administering the Applicant Tracking System.
    • Maintains compliance database and ensures required training and other activities occur on schedule.
    • Ensures compliance with required postings at all locations.
    • Assists in HR Audits.
    • Works to maximize positive employee relations and minimize potential liabilities.
    • Administers and maintains employee recognition programs.
    • Assists in oversight of the corporate AAP to ensure compliance in all recruitment, promotions and transfer processes.
    • Assists with the employee relocation program to provide quality relocation services.
    • Assists in organizational training and development efforts.
    • Compiles and maintains departmental reports.

    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 Human Resources, Business Management, or related field and 2+ years related experience and/or training; required.
    • Solid understanding of Human Resources functions and requirements.
    • Experience with a recruiting system, such as iCims and knowledge of SAP HRIS, preferred.
    • Strong Microsoft Excel, Word Processing, and Power Point.
    • High proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships both within and outside the organization.
    • Ability to be organized, flexible and multi-task in a fast paced environment.
    • Must be able to work with all levels of an organization and manage up effectively.
    • Ability to deal with and handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion and tact.
    • 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 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.

    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to sit, use hands to handle, or feel, 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 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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