Smithfield Foods

  • Food Safety Technologist

    Job Locations
    US-VA-Smithfield-North Plant
    Food Safety/Quality Assurance
    FLSA Status
    1st Shift
    Hidden (147697)
  • Overview

    This position assists the Food Safety Department to ensure the food safety system at the plant is properly documented and implemented - thus ensuring USDA regulatory compliance and the production of safe and wholesome meat products.


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:


    HACCP Programs and Food Safety

    • Assists in development, implementation and compliance with HACCP programs that support the safe handling of food by recording and analyzing critical control point records that track product through the plant ensuring the safety of food products at all times.
    • Properly review and scrutinize all aspects of the food safety system and meat production processes.


    USDA Regulatory Requirements

    • Ensure the USDA regulatory requirements for Food Safety are met.  
    • Assist with revisions and update food safety programs and procedures including the annual reassessment of all programs.


    Sanitation Checks

    • Conducts pre-operation sanitation checks to ensure all pre-operation sanitation has been done correctly.
    • Determines need for re-sampling of equipment and communicates information to sanitation and plant personnel. Conducts follow up to ensure the sampling was properly completed.


    Food Safety Deficiencies

    • Communicates findings regarding food safety deficiencies to Plant Food Safety Manager and provides feedback and recommendations.
    • Assists with the training to plant employees regarding food safety deficiencies and corrective actions as needed.


    Leadership and Expertise

    • Provides technical guidance regarding food safety and sanitation to plant personnel.



    • In the absence of key personnel the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.

    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), required.
    • Associate’s degree, preferred.
    • Ability to create, revise and interpret technical documents such as quality specifications, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
    • Knowledge and understanding of quality assurance principles, food science and meat processing.
    • A high level of technical expertise, ownership and practical knowledge of all Quality Assurance and regulatory programs
    • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
    • Ability to use exposure monitoring equipment, interpret and communicate results.
    • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
    • Ability to work on the internet, Spreadsheet, Presentation and Word Processing software.
    • Comprehensive experience and understanding of USDA Rules and Regulations
    • Ability to uphold regulatory, company, and customer standards.
    • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
    • Strong oral and written language skills.
    • Strong decision making and problem solving skills.

    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.

    • 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 plant setting. The plant 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 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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