Smithfield Foods

  • Legal Assistant

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    FLSA Status
    Corporate - Day Shift
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    Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company.  We are 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 Legal Assistant is responsible for researching legal issues and administering law department activities. This role also assists company lawyers in researching and analyzing pertinent law documents.

    Core Responsibilities

    • Work with company lawyers to perform legal assistant functions involving varied subject matters, including
      • labor and employment
      • contracts
      • retail and foodservice sales, marketing, business management, operations and supply chain
      • federal, state and local regulatory matters
      • product liability
      • tax and credit support
      • intellectual property
    • Manage vendors who provide technical services to Smithfield lawyers, including outside law firm billing system and service of process service
    • Assist corporate compliance function, including implementing and managing ethics and other company policies
    • Liaison with outside law firms on administrative matters
    • Implement and execute processes and tools to improve Law Department efficiency

    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 and 2+ years of relevant legal experience; paralegal education or certification and previous paralegal experience is preferred.
    • General understanding of basic state and Federal laws preferred.
    • Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; establish trust and maintain confidentiality.
    • Project management oriented with demonstrated ability to handle complex assignments in a fast-paced work environment recognizing the need to refer more complex issues to higher-level staff when appropriate.
    • Excellent computer and technical skills to include proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); experience using SAP, Serengeti, and other legal software a plus.
    • Customer service mindset; demonstrated success working with business partners in a fast paced, team-oriented work environment to achieve results.
    • 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.

    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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