IT Plant Analyst

Your Opportunity

The IT Plant Analyst takes a lead role in implementing and supporting technology solutions for the company’s operations, with a focus on continuous improvement. This role is an advocate of continuous improvement, industry-recognized best practices, and standardization across the organization. You will have a vital role in IT delivery and support for our Manufacturing plant operations and Warehousing operations. Your focus is on leading efforts to provide and support high-quality technology solutions in support of daily production and continuous improvement initiatives for our plants and warehouses. The IT Plant Analyst is a leader who works with internal and external partners to translate software requirements into technical specifications and processes.


The primary role of the IT Plant Analyst is to help bridge the gap between business users in our plants and IT technical resources. This role is responsible for understanding business requirements and translating requirements to functional specifications, testing, and implementation. By leveraging experience, leadership and project management skills, as well as an understanding of cross-functional relationships, the IT Plant Analyst will help deliver process and technology solutions supporting our manufacturing operations and warehouses.

Core Responsibilities

  • Serves as a key liaison between Manufacturing and IT
  • Translates business needs into IT requirements for Manufacturing and Engineering projects, Plant cost-saving initiatives, onboarding of new acquisitions to Smithfield systems, requests for new technology and network-connected equipment, system enhancements and upgrades.
  • Participates in the design, testing and implementation of changes, enhancements, and upgrades to system(s).
  • Works with Plant Operations to review current business processes to determine where automation/improvements will drive efficiency.
  • Recommends innovative uses of existing software functionality to reduce manual effort and maximize the return on our investment in technology.
  • Participates in the functional configuration, modification, and testing tasks for the designated systems.
  • Assist implementation teams in deploying new systems and operational processes in support of strategic business initiatives.
  • Assist IT Leadership in the coaching, development, and training of Junior IT Plant Analyst team members.
  • Assist in the development of detailed implementation and contingency plans and provide user and management training before, during, and after system deployments.
  • Collaborate with Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure and Security teams to prepare site infrastructure as needed to accommodate new equipment, systems and processes.
  • Travel to implementation sites, when appropriate, to assist in the on-site deployment and training.
  • Assist in prioritization of system issues and troubleshoot systems to propose fixes as appropriate.
  • Maintain and enhance systems as required to support changing business and technical needs.
  • Work with key users to troubleshoot manufacturing applications and interfaces.
  • Lead the support efforts for equipment such as industrial PCs, in-motion scales, RF scanners, load cells and scale heads, barcode printers, wireless access points, equipment cabinets, etc. for assigned plants.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of new technologies, keep accurate inventories of systems and IT equipment, and update our knowledge base of problem resolutions

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.

  • Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university and 2+ years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Manufacturing systems experience, required.
  • Experience troubleshooting and maintaining Industrial PCs, labelers, scales RF-scanning equipment preferred.
  • Experience with MES, SCADA, Automation, Quality Control or Compliance systems, preferred.
  • Effective critical thinking, decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Self-directed with effective analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work effectively at all levels across the organization.
  • Must be able to travel up to 30%, dependent on projects and plant support needs.
  • Excellent organizational skills required.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable, and team-oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • 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 and 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 majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant. 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.
  • Frequently required to sit; stand; reach with hands and arms; use hands to handle or feel; and talk or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Career Benefits

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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. 



With more than 60,000 jobs globally, our employees 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. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as 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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