Smithfield Foods

Associate Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Your Opportunity

The Human Resources team is searching for ambitious personnel to join their everyday mission to discover, hire, and retain great talent. You would be instrumental in achieving Smithfield’s goal to become the #1 consumer packaged goods company in the world!


The primary focus of the Associate Talent Acquisition Specialist is to attract and hire a qualified pool of talent for hourly operations and maintenance positions within our manufacturing plants.  On some occasions, the Associate Talent Acquisition Specialist will also recruit for front line supervisory positions, manufacturing and distribution facility management positions and corporate positions.  This position works closely with HR Business Partners to understand workforce needs and to develop an approach to filling the pipeline with qualified individuals from diverse candidate pools. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the recruitment processes such as candidate screening, scheduling interviews and extending offers for hourly roles in a high-volume recruitment environment.
  • Provides regular status updates to HR Business Partners and hiring managers on candidate progress throughout the process.
  • Utilizes Applicant Tracking System to move candidates through the application process.
  • Develops pipeline of candidates by leveraging job boards, local recruitment and other partnerships.
  • Creates and attends hiring events to support staffing initiatives across the country.
  • Supports recruitment for salaried roles by screening, scheduling interviews and extending offers to candidates that match our job qualifications and experience requirements.
  • Develop and execute innovative solutions for operational recruitment.
  • Assists in oversight and maintenance of affirmative action data to ensure compliance in all recruitment, promotions, and transfer processes.

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/university, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience, required.
  • Knowledge and past use of a server-based applicant tracking system, preferred.
  • Fundamental interviewing skills experience, preferred.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and employment regulations and policies.
  • Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Strong initiative and solid judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships both within and outside the organization. 
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.
  • Must possess a high level of professionalism, discretion and ability to self-manage his/her time from remote locations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Travel up to 20% to conduct regional HR recruiting events or work temporarily in another location to meet company hiring needs. Periodic overnight travel required.
  • 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.

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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