1 Shift Machine Operator I - Packaging

Your Opportunity

The packaging production line Machine Operator performs a variety of functions including but not limited to the operation of high speed packaging equipment, completion of daily production and/or QA paperwork. Ensures work is completed in a safe manner and within the quality parameters established.


Core Responsibilities

Responsible for safe operation of packaging production line(s) to deliver a product that meets the customers’ expectations. Follows Safety and Quality Assurance rules and procedures.

  • Sets packaging machine to appropriate specifications as found in computer or specification logs, and ensures production line has appropriate equipment, configuration, and materials such as x-ray machines, adequate conveyor adjustments, correct packaging film
  • Inspects equipment for safety and use by all equipment employees.
  • Sets up scales, check weigher and metal detector correctly and monitors their operation during shift
  • Ensures daily production is ran according to sequence stated in the batch cards
  • Operates laptop computer to produce labels or placards for each run
  • Ensures lot numbers from packaging materials and blended product are recorded on batch card
  • Ensures packaging machine is filled with appropriate finished blends
  • Ensures correct packaging materials are used for each product, in accordance to specifications, and replenishes materials as needed (i.e. roll of film, labels)
  • Ensures that all packaged product goes through metal detector
  • Performs net weight checks
  • Performs packaging integrity checks and labeling checks
  • Ensures appropriate pattern and count is followed by all Packers who palletize product
  • Follow allergen control procedures
  • Performs machine wash between production change-overs and validates proper cleanliness by following specific change-over procedures
  • Retools equipment during changeovers
  • Follows GMPs & Safety rules and policies
  • Other duties as assigned

 Non-essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Follows job rotation in assigned line to support Packers
  • Moves packaging materials and supplies to production line as necessary

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.

  • Must be able to read numeric signage in English
  • Must be able to read instructions written in English
  • Must be able to operate computers  
  • High School diploma, preferred
  • Machine Operator experience, preferred
  • Previous experience with Good Manufacturing Procedures and other Food Safety and Quality requirements, preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in Food Industry, a plus.

Work Environment

Packaging high speed production line/equipment. Lift for role of film, pallet jack, laptop and label printer, tools to retool production line during change-overs, personal protective equipment as indicated for each area and product.

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.
Omaha, NE
1st Shift
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