On-the-Job Plant Training Specialist-1st Shift

Your Opportunity

Responsible for working with On-the-Job Trainers and Training Supervisor to ensure new hire training is conducted both on the line and in the classroom. Will work with new hires to on-board and orientate in job skills and Smithfield Policies. Will be responsible for walking the production floor to check on new hires and assist with training needs for new hires and job movement created through the Job Bidding Process.  The Training Specialist will assist with job specific training that may include knife sharpening techniques, LOTO, Animal Handling, Floor Hyster Training and other job specific knowledge required for an employee to learn their assigned position with the company.  Will work with Training Supervisor to coordinate facility training needs daily and to ensure tracking documents are in place to verify training and identify those needing additional training. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Train new and existing employees on job-specific topics and procedures conducted annually and monthly
  • Assures that all new employees receive the necessary training to perform assigned jobs safely and according to job standards. 
  • Utilize training platform to conduct training, track and report on training activity.
  • Evaluate training programs and modifies as needed. 
  • Promotes continuous improvement and innovation of all training programs 
  • Write and revise training SOPs to accurately reflect current practices. 
  • Communicate with employees about their job requirements 
  • Provide feedback to the Production supervisor for the progress reports to be communicated to employee
  • Assists other plant departments as needed and miscellaneous duties as assigned by supervisor. 
  • Ability to work various shifts and hours.
  • Ability to travel to other facilities.

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 2+ years of experience in manufacturing operations
  • Ability to perform operational positions within the facility
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Bi-Lingual in more than one language preferred
  • Able to work with co-workers and Management proactively and in a team environment
  • Shows problem solving abilities
  • Experience in computer programs to include Microsoft, Word, Excel, Power Point and/or other computer programs
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics & physical demands 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.

  • 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.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk; use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, climb or crawl.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May be responsible for supervision of a team of On-the-Job Trainers.
  • 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 resolving problems.

Career Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit smithfieldfoods.com/careerbenefits.

Why Work at Smithfield Foods? 

We are committed to meeting our employees' needs, addressing their concerns and helping them enjoy rewarding careers with our company. 



More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.



Working at Smithfield isn't just a job – it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.



Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.



Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 63,000 team members are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly.®" and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies.

We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030.

We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others.

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EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.
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