Smithfield Foods

Manager, Warehouse Operations

US-NC-Tar Heel
Logistics/Transportation/Supply Chain/Whse
FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


The Warehouse Operations Manager is accountable for all aspects of organizing and managing the storage and distribution of inventories across the Smithfield Foods supply chain network. In this role, you will ensure the right products are stored and delivered to the right location on time and within budget. This position will have responsibilities for managing and supporting all operational and reporting requirements, including public storage locations, third party managed, and internally operated distribution facilities.

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.


  1. Collaborate and coordinate with production, supply and demand planning teams. Review forecasts and proactively determine storage requirements.
  2. Review and approve storage and handling invoices.
  3. Responsible for meeting safety, quality and sanitation standards.
  4. Implements and maintains policy and procedures relating to inventory storage and handling. This includes ensuring the accuracy of warehouse inventory and analyzing product movement.
  5. Ensures facilities are in compliance with regulatory, Smithfield, and customer required policies and procedures.
  6. Maximize effectiveness of all direct facility reports through leadership and communication.
  7. Perform scheduled site inspections and evaluations.
  8. Responsible for associate development through training on policy & procedures.
  9. Create a cohesive organization by keeping lines of communication open.
  10. Recognize signs of operational problems and provide detailed action steps required of facility management to correct.
  11. Coordinate facility requirements for reporting management reports and KPI’s.
  12. Responsible for development and maintenance of budgets and goals.
  13. Identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities.
  14. Facilitate requests from procurement, identify and roll out new/contract facilities as required.
  15. Develop and maintain business continuity program.
  16. Direct point of contact for facility managers/operators.
  17. Support special projects and 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.


  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in Supply Chain or related field from a regionally accredited four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • 3+ years of experience in plant or warehouse management or supervisory role, required.
  • Knowledge of Public Storage and Distribution Center operations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with warehouse management systems is required.
  • Quantitative background with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage, motivate, and train.
  • Strong knowledge of perishable warehouse operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to employees on the Production floor.

  • 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 assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

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 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

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.

  • Office and warehouse setting. The warehouse 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 warehouse area.


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