Smithfield Foods

Associate Operations Development Manager

Job Locations
US-OH-Springdale | US-VA-Smithfield | US-IL-Lisle | US-MO-Kansas City
FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


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


Provides Operations support and effective Operations project management for key business growth, brand maintenance and productivity improvement initiatives.  As the key Supply Chain resource for assigned business teams, the Associate Operations Development Manager will ensure effective use of resources and communication of priorities across the Supply Chain functions for assigned businesses.

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. Primary operations interface with business channels on new product/offering commercialization projects for assigned product groups/plants.
  2. Coordinates and supports timeline development, material readiness and scale-up efforts.
  3. Acts as the Operations lead for cost improvement efforts for assigned manufacturing locations, ensuring target achievement through project leadership.
  4. Manages and drives business simplification efforts for assigned product groups/plants---examples include SKU rationalization, packaging standardization, and component/specification consolidation.
  5. Provides Project Management support to assigned plants and projects. Works with equipment manufacturers in conjunction with engineering as operations liaison.
  6. Works in partnership with Continuous Improvement Manager on key initiatives.
  7. Attends product showings as appropriate and follows-up on any operational issues.
  8. Engages in Plant Ideation Sessions as appropriate.
  9. Supports quality improvement strategies for assigned product groups.
  10. Benchmarks key competitive set and food industry for new technology and productivity strategies.
  11. Updates managers on emerging opportunities/risks.
  12. Attends weekly Operations Staff meetings and weekly S&OP meetings to provide project status updates.
  13. Schedules and attends bi-annual product category cuttings at plants to include competitive product comparison and business involvement.

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 Business or related field and 5+ years of project management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required. 
  • Master’s degree and prior experience in meat industry, preferred.
  • Experience in lean manufacturing a plus.
  • Prior experience with USDA, OSHA, HACCP, and GMP.
  • Excellent Project Management skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft office applications, SAP experience a plus.
  • Must be able to travel up to 25%.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This role has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is subject to an office environment approximately 75 percent of the work time, and travel which involves (the production environment) approximately 25 percent of the time. While in the plant, the employee is subject to physical hazards from moving equipment and machine parts. Employee will be exposed to animal fat, grease, wastewater and chemicals.

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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