Laboratory Supervisor

Your Opportunity

Responsible for overseeing the daily operations of laboratory functions at single location. Accountable for the accuracy and timeliness of any data being produced by the laboratory and staff members. May assist in the training of new methods and special on-site troubleshooting testing.

Core Responsibilities

  • Supervises the operations of the Chemistry and/or Microbiology lab to ensure the lab is running efficiently and producing accurate results in a timely manner.
  • Conducts daily testing of meat and poultry products and by-products, to ensure that Smithfield products are wholesome and adhere to internal specifications and customer requirements.
  • Gathers data on special projects which includes product, equipment or environmental testing.
  • Manages laboratory supply inventory and purchases supplies when items run low. Works with the plant purchasing department on lab purchases of supplies and/or order supplies via SAP.
  • Routinely tests products in the development stage, including product samples for microbiological and/or chemistry analysis. Adjusts shelf life protocols to fit the number of samples provided, if necessary.
  • 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.

Qualifications

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 (B.A.) in Biology, Chemistry, Food Science or related science field and 2 years’ experience in a laboratory and/or quality/food safety experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality assurance principles, food science and meat processing, laboratory safety; preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of microbiological testing and limited chemistry testing.
  • Knowledge of various pathogens and microbes associated with food production.
  • Hands on experience conducting microbiological testing of meat and poultry products.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of HACCP requirements.
  • Knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.
  • May be required to work long hours and weekends.
  • Must have the ability to complete required applicable forms in English, which requires the ability to read and write in English.
  • 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.

  • 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 manufacturing and production areas.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Laboratory.

  • 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 assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

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. 

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PEOPLE MATTER

With more than 60,000 jobs globally, our employees drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.

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GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

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

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BENEFITS

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

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SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE

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.
Location:
Crete, NE
Type:
Full-Time
Shift:
1st Shift
Department:
QA/Food Safety
Portal:
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