Smithfield Foods

Associate Graphic Designer

US-MO-Kansas City
Food Safety/Quality Assurance
FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


The Associate Graphics Designer is responsible for creating, managing and archiving print ready artwork for multiple company brands. The Associate Graphics Designer will work closely with regulatory, marketing, business managers, design agencies and print vendors. The Associate Graphics Designer will also be responsible for maintaining brand integrity while ensuring printer specs and USDA governmental compliance is being met. 

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. Works closely with Regulatory, Package Suppliers, Marketing and outside Design Agencies to create accurate production ready art files to submit to printers.
  2. Uses approved templates from multiple brands and creates line extensions for a variety of products.
  3. Proofreads all artwork to maintain Brand integrity while ensuring governmental compliance.
  4. Makes necessary edits to existing artwork while maintaining accuracy and consistency on all projects to efficiently meet deadlines.
  5. Identifies and corrects deviations from established brand specifications.
  6. Understands and implements complex printer specifications.
  7. Reviews and approves all POs related to plate changes.

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 in Graphic Design and 3+ years’ experience in package design, print production and/or agency/design firm, required.
  • Strong knowledge of flexography printing on multiple types of substrate.
  • Expert in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat).
  • Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) experience a plus.
  • Strong proficiency in Apple OS and MS Office.
  • Excellent layout and graphic design skills.
  • Strong attention to detail in both written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop positive relationships when part of a dynamic and cross-functional team.
  • Well organized and able to handle multiple projects & priorities.
  • Willingness to learn new things and with a focus on continuous improvement.

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.

  • May occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to sit; and reach with hands and arms.

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.

  • Corporate working environment.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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