Smithfield Foods

Corporate Buyer

FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


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


Responsible for purchasing packaging, ingredients & operating supplies in accordance with established purchasing policies. Optimizes price, delivery, carrying costs, and terms.

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:

  • Facilitates and manages projects which are related to all components, packaging, and services.
  • Regularly attends Marketing meetings and provides input on business strategy. 
  • Need to have the ability to make the proper business decisions to ensure operations are not adversely affected. 
  • Manages the day-to-day needs of a Product Line used at multiple facilities.
  • Controls and follow-up on the redundant and obsolete materials. 
  • Participate in brainstorming across various facilities.
  • As a member of the sourcing group will validate information needed, implementation of new suppliers, lead sourcing events as needed, and is an liaison between facilities and suppliers including following up on claims.  
  • Backup for Raw Material Buying, and publishes the daily reports. 
  • Main Gatekeeper of the Purchasing shared email box – SAP Gatekeeper for Ingredients and Packaging. Provide facility support for SAP, MRP, and Packaging inquiries.
  • Manage and build Playbooks to reflect items purchased.
  • Attend daily/weekly cross-functional meetings to assist Marketing/R&D in development and implementation of new products or product changes.
  • Facilitates weekly calls, publishes meeting recaps, and follow-ups as needed.
  • Monthly Inventory Reports: Prepare and analyze month-end inventory turns reporting to assist plants with continuous turn improvement.

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 with emphasis in purchasing, materials management or agri-business and 3+ years’ experience in a materials-related function; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
  • Planning, organization, and execution skills.
  • Knowledge of ERP or MRP systems, and Business software.
  • C.P.M., A.P.P. or APICS certification preferred.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Travel estimated to be up 20%.

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; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

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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