Smithfield Foods

  • Purchasing Supervisor

    Job Locations
    US-IA-Sioux City
    FLSA Status
    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.


    The Plant Purchasing Supervisor is responsible for developing supply agreements for inventory or non-inventory materials and supplies. Responsible for ensuring the continuous supply and timely procurement of packaging, ingredients, MRO and other materials. Manages current suppliers and maintains close contact by correspondence and telephone to keep abreast of market and procurement conditions, new technology, and makes recommendations to ensure an uninterrupted flow of materials to the production facility. Takes an active role in Bill of Material reviews, the inventory cycle counting program, inventory rationalization, and warehouse management.

    Core Responsibilities

    Complex Procurement Methods, Mathematical Models and Cost Reduction Goals

    • Creates and manages purchase orders, invoice discrepancies, and forecasts. Ensures all suppliers have consistent forecast visibility and adequate capacity.
    • Responsible for purchasing packaging supplies and materials and their timely delivery to ensure production schedules are met.
    • Implements mathematical models and utilize ERP tools to establish stock replenishment points, improve customer order fill rates and minimize inventory carrying cost.
    • Meets the production facility’s cost reduction goals by developing and implementing plans that include supply chain for Smithfield to include Production, Transportation, Quality Assurance and Marketing.

    Cost Savings Implementations

    • Manages cost savings implementation at plant location. 
    • Influences the adaptation of purchasing programs and supplier adoption. 
    • Leads multifunctional department teams to include Operations and Quality Assurance to identify and mutually agreed upon cost savings projects.    

    Cost Saving Initiatives

    • Manages cost savings on key commodities based on price negotiations, value improvement, total cost reductions, and inventory management. 
    • Evaluates strategic supplier relationships on specific commodities.
    • Develops and directs cost savings projects by challenging supplier pricing, generating value engineering ideas, and creating negotiating strategies. Leads continuous improvement projects by actively simplifying processes and reducing non-value-add administrative activities.

    Supplier Strategic Relationship, Objective Performance and Reduce Costs

    • Implements supplier selection criteria based on strategic relationships to support new product innovation, packaging and ingredients. 
    • Leads the sourcing process, including strategy, analysis, RFP development, negotiations and contract review.
    • Makes decisions based on reductions in total cost or supply chain cost or revenue enhancement.


    • Develops and implements supplier relationships.
    • Evaluates existing suppliers and selects new suppliers on plant specific items. 
    • Works collaboratively with external/cross functional contacts to ensure supply requirements are being met.
    • Acts as primary liaison between the plants and suppliers and works to resolve supply, quality and cost issues.

    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 with an emphasis in purchasing, materials management, or agri-business and 2+ years’ experience in Purchasing; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience, required.
    • Broad knowledge of purchasing processes and supplier relationship management.
    • C.P.M. or APICS certification, preferred.
    • Knowledge of ERP or MRP systems, Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
    • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. 
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong negotiation, planning, organization, and execution 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.
    • Must be able to travel 5% of the time.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Purchasing Department.
    • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
    • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

    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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