Smithfield Foods

Certified Trainer - Distribution Center

Job Locations
Supply Chain
FLSA Status
1st and 2nd Shift

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The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


Training employees on the safe use of material handling equipment; teaching fellow employees the accurate execution of distribution center processes and procedures. When training opportunities are not available, the certified trainer will perform material handler duties as directed by the operations team.

Core Responsibilities

Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:


  • Trains employees on job specific and general distribution center processes and procedures
  • Trains employees on the safe operation of facility material handling equipment
  • Ensures that employees are trained in an accurate, consistent manner
  • Sets a positive safety example in the distribution center
  • Utilizes RF units and pick tickets, and receiving documentation
  • Builds stable, well-built and accurate pallet loads for shipment
  • Ensures item pick accuracy and safety of product to prevent damage
  • Understands pallet layers, heights, and counting methods used when working with pallets of product
  • Reads and understands product descriptions, packaging and pick ticket messages
  • Consistently meets established company production and service level standards
  • Utilizes good housekeeping processes
  • Utilizes effective food safety measures
  • Utilizes warehouse processes to minimize damage and other areas of waste
  • Informs supervisor of any differences in case quantity and/or product description
  • Wraps the pallet by circling load with roll of plastic wrap until secure
  • Housekeeping during and at the end of shifts
  • Other duties as assigned

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.

  • High school diploma or general equivalency degree required
  • Previous experience in a training role preferred
  • Certification on all facility material handling equipment and processes preferred
  • Capable of communicating clearly and concisely in written and oral formats
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds continually during shift
  • Ability to understand and follow both written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to operate pallet jack and other required materials handling equipment (MHE)

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

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.

Careers and Benefits

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 43,000 U.S. team members and 16,000 European employees are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” and have made us one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.


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