Smithfield Foods

Director, Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion

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The Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion will implement a world class talent attraction function for Smithfield. The primary focus will be on developing the overall Talent Acquisition strategy to include the creation of formal processes and procedures, building executive and field leadership capabilities and establishing employment branding. This person will be responsible for the ongoing effort to discover talent, build a strong talent acquisition culture, manage day to day tasks, and ensure a consistent experience for both candidates and internal business partners. This person will need a sharp eye for talent and a commitment to help them find success in our company.

Core Responsibilities

  • Creates and leads recruitment and engagement initiatives to procure talent for placement in exempt and non-exempt positions across our organization to ensure Smithfield’s hiring and placement objectives are achieved.
  • Develop and implement innovative, creative, high-impact talent development, recruiting and retention strategies that enable outstanding organizational performance across the organization.
  • Design company policies that reinforce diversity in the workplace and protect minority groups and women.
  • Measure and forecast diversity metrics.
  • Act as a consultant to underrepresented groups and make sure all voices are heard.
  • Researching and advising on diversity and inclusion issues and creating programs, training and values around this.
  • Organizing the disability services and corresponding affected areas i.e. recruitment.
  • Supporting and guiding the recruitment team to create a brand that appeals to diverse applicants and removes bias.
  • Identifying external trends and recognizing best practice which will increase diversity among the workforce.
  • Maintaining relationships with diversity related businesses, with the intention of working together and improving our company brand.
  • Seeks out new and creative ideas to proactively attract candidates and build talent networks and pipelines. This may include social and professional networking sites, resume mining, outreach efforts, career fairs, website postings, special recruiting events and other advertisements as needed.
  • Evaluates results of outreach efforts on a consistent basis. Understands impacts to results and makes necessary course corrections and adjustments to ensure objectives are timely met.
  • Screens, selects and schedules candidates to interview. Makes selection recommendations and decisions for new employees and extends employment offers to candidates. Strives to meet diversity hiring and affirmative action goals throughout the Talent Acquisition process and positively impacts time to fill rate and quality of hire.
  • Utilizes applicant tracking system to create and maintain requisition information, job posting and outreach details and documents talent flow and candidate dispositions. Maintains metrics, analyzes data and creates reports to identify trends and opportunities to improve our talent acquisition processes and maintain requisite Affirmative Action data. Drive compliance with local government regulations and data integrity of ATS system through accountability, process design, training and technology.
  • Assess and identify opportunities in talent acquisition processes and tools to simplify the talent acquisition, hiring manager, and candidate experiences that lead to more efficient and effective recruiting, screening, and selection process while ensuring data integrity, reporting, and compliance with legal and client requirements.
  • Facilitate effective talent acquisition discussions with leaders and help them forecast their talent needs in line with business strategy.
  • Partner with staff including HR Business Partners and HR Centers of Excellence to implement key programs vital to process improvements.
  • Educates hiring managers and other employees about role requirements to ensure successful recruitment and placement of diverse qualified candidates into the Smithfield organization.
  • Develops training or skill transition programs such as internships or On-the-Job training programs where applicable that help foster development and employment of veterans, minorities, and females or others who can transition into roles to fill key skill gaps in the future.

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 10+ year’s related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Minimum 8+ years' experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
  • Minimum of 5+ years' direct experience in the full life cycle of recruiting, required.
  • M.A., M.S., or M.B.A. degree in related field (ex: HR Management), preferred.
  • PHR/SPHR certification, preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Federal and state labor laws.
  • Excellent computer skills. Requires intermediate to advanced skills in Word and PowerPoint. Must have advanced skills in Excel to effectively deliver recruiting analytics.
  • Experience managing recruiting in an organization of at least 10,000 people.
  • Outstanding ability to communicate at all levels in the organization, including front-line through Executive leadership.
  • An astute business-focused mind with the ability to think creatively to arrive at solutions.
  • Outstanding organizational and project management abilities, excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills, as well as strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to be receptive and persuasive throughout all levels of the organization.
  • A strong understanding of applicable Recruiting technologies.
  • High energy style, flexible and adaptive, with the 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 approximately 25% of the time, at times during the year travel could exceed 50%.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to Talent Acquisition staff.
  • 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 resolving problems.

Careers and Benefits

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Why Work at Smithfield Foods 8-13-19

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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