Smithfield Foods

Plant HR/Safety Assistant Manager

US-UT-Salt Lake City
Job Post Information* : Posted Date
6 days ago
Human Resources
FLSA Status
1st Shift


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


The Plant HR/Safety Assistant Manager assists the Human Resources/Safety Manager in the operation of the plant Human Resources and Safety Department. Primarily responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring and retaining employees.  Manages safety and health initiatives, workers compensation laws, OSHA, ADA and HIPPA regulations compliance.  Administers safety and health programs to eliminate or reduce the associated costs of illness and injury, while promoting the maintenance of employees’ health and safety. 

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is 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.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  1. Maintains a positive labor/employee relations environment at the plant by counseling managers and employees on human resource policies and rules, identifying and resolving problems and recommending courses of action.
  2. Coordinates and leads onboarding for all hourly production employees, including but not limited to: I-9 verification, background submission, post offer physical exam process, orientation and training.  Facilitates employee orientation of handbooks, policies, procedures, benefits, food safety guidelines, safety training, hands on training, and environmental training (with assistance from quality assurance, food safety and safety and environmental managers).
  3. Ensures employee retention/staffing levels of production employees is maintained at an acceptable level to achieve business unit success.  
  4. Performs routine entry, queries, maintenance and updates to SAP HRIS regarding employees. Enters daily attendance and job/vacation bid information. 
  5. Assists the Human Resources/Safety Manager in providing position and performance guidance based upon human resources policies and procedures, including but not limited to grievance meetings, records entry/management, employee inquiries, community relations activities, temporary staffing services and invoice management.
  6. Provides direction and leadership to Plant HR/Safety Assistant(s), as required.
  7. Manages the plant’s Affirmative Action Plan. 
  8. Assists with the filing and maintenance of regulatory records such as; maintaining the MSDS sheet book, OSHA Logs, environmental permits, record/maintain all Dynameter and Audiometer testing records for the plant.
  9. Promotes best management practices that focus on the safety, health and wellness of Smithfield employees, conducts walk-arounds to monitor employee compliance with wearing proper safety equipment and conducts facility audits for potential safety violations.
  10. Conducts and maintains documentation of inspections and facility audits at the plant. Ensures contractors are following safety guidelines and employees are wearing all required PPE.
  11. May transport injured/ill employees.  Communicates with local medical institutions to ensure proper case management of employee issues.
  12. Acts as a communications liaison between the various safety Committees. Monitors compliance with meeting requirements and types/posts team meeting minutes. Leads at least one of the safety task groups.

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 (B.A.) from four-year college or university in Business Management or related field, and 1 - 3 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the manufacturing process in order to evaluate the work of new employees and oversee the training process of existing employees.
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information with discretion and tact.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Bi-lingual skills preferred, including:  Speaking, reading, writing, addressing groups and individuals, assisting with investigations and counseling, training, and mentoring employees.
  • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
  • Knowledge of SAP HRIS; Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word and Power Point) and Payroll database software.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.  
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


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.

  • Frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

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.


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