Smithfield Foods

  • Refrigeration Engineering Manager

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    Corporate - Day Shift
  • Overview

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


    The Refrigeration Engineering Manager, working as part of the Smithfield Engineering staff, will lead the refrigeration engineering discipline for our domestic facilities and provide support, as needed, for our international operations. Will help our facilities manage their refrigeration systems by specializing in and focusing on all aspects of industrial refrigeration’s; including but not limited to design, development, implementation of projects, troubleshooting and optimizing existing systems and providing advice on Process Safety Management matters. This role will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing refrigeration standards for our existing and future operations.  


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

    • Leads facilities in the US and participates in activities of operations in China and Europe as required to ensure operational excellence with ammonia based refrigeration systems.
    • Provides direction in identifying, assessing, and formulating solutions to deficiencies within our existing systems.
    • Serves as the Technical Expert in industrial refrigeration theory and design, to the extent that they can interface with professional refrigeration engineering resources. Has in depth knowledge to validate, or if necessary, challenge elements of system design and application.
    • Develops Standard Operating Procedures and provides step by step guidance to Plant Engineers to ensure best in class processes are implemented consistently across the organization.
    • Identifies and facilitates the implementation of process improvements and cost savings opportunities aligned with key business objects.
    • Works directly with facilities on projects and issues regarding refrigeration systems.
    • Develops designs including selecting equipment, obtaining quotes and scheduling work as requested.
    • Interfaces with professional refrigeration engineering resources at high levels during the design and development of projects
    • Manages multiple projects in different fields, ensuring adherence to proper protocols and practices.
    • Manages the planning and budgeting process for various engineering improvement initiatives, with the goal of meeting project expectations and time requirements.
    • Tracks project progress, implementation, and costs.
    • Implements new systems and standardizes equipment requirements.
    • Ability to manage highly complex projects to include facility start-ups and cross-functional change-management.
    • Researches and assists in testing new technology.
    • Assesses and understands complex operations and systems to support production management.
    • Identifies and corrects deficiencies within existing systems by performing load, charge, and relief calculations.
    • Participates in Corporate sponsored training, such as Brown Belt courses at Iowa State.
    • Assists facilities with PSM compliance as requested.

    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. 

    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 10+ years related experience and/or training in operations, maintenance and optimization of Ammonia Refrigeration systems; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
    • Bachelor's degree; preferred.
    • RETA CIRO (Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator) certification, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration ANSI/IIAR2 certification, Garden City Program Operator II certification, or equivalent certification from another nationally recognized ammonia training program; required.
    • Possesses an understanding of HFC & HCFC regulations, including phase out alternatives.
    • Possesses a deep theoretical understanding of industrial refrigeration systems and has the ability to apply that knowledge to the roles and responsibilities of the position; including but not limited to single and two stage ammonia systems, low charge systems, central and distributed systems, and cascading systems.
    • Electrical experience and troubleshooting in low and high voltage circuits, motors, and controls.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work with staff at all levels, including refrigeration staff in the operating facilities and those at the executive level, to provide professional updates and/or presentations.   
    • Strong reading, math, writing, analytical skill required.
    • Performs assigned tasks efficiently with minimum supervision.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • This role has no supervisory responsibilities but may provide guidance for the overall direction and coordination of the Engineering staff at the plant(s).

    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.

    • Must be able to lift up to 100lbs
    • Must be able to work in confined spaces
    • Must be able to work in -40 to 100+ degree temperatures
    • Must not be afraid of heights
    • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to 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.

    • Primarily a Corporate working environment. When in the plant, the 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 plant production area.

    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.


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