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Smithfield Material Handler - Bakery Meal Plant w/ CDL in WILSON, North Carolina

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The Bakery Plant Material Handler is trained to operate powered industrials vehicles for transporting, loading, and unloading both raw material and finished product in the bakery meal production process. Expected to carry out job tasks to assure compliance with established procedures relative to quality, productivity and safety.

Core Responsibilities

  • Follows standard operating instructions/procedures in the performance of all duties, including inspection and safe operation of powered industrial vehicles, housekeeping, and inventory management.

  • Operates powered industrial vehicles in all areas.

  • Regulates blending of materials as instructed to ensure attainment of specified product consistency and moisture.

  • Assists with inventory.

  • Perform assigned housekeeping duties. Takes initiative to assist other workers to maintain and ensure the orderliness and housekeeping of all areas of the plant.

  • Spot trailers for unloading.

  • Unload both bulk and palletized trailers.

  • Acquires and maintains necessary certifications (weigh master, fork lift, articulated loader, skid steer, tractor, etc.).

  • Performing all work tasks in a manner consistent with the site’s Environmental Management System Policy to include:

  • Following all established environmental policies and procedures;

  • Reporting all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor;

  • Understanding the EMS Policy and the Significant Aspects Related to their job; and,

  • Understanding the proper steps to follow in the event of an environmental emergency.

  • Operates equipment in a safe manner so as to protect the assets of the company and reduce risks to other workers.

  • Maintains personal safety as well as the safety of other workers by taking an active role in the Smithfield Injury Prevention System (SIPS). This will include:

  • Understanding the need for and participating in all scheduled SIPS safety training and safety related competency development activities.

  • Providing feedback on SIPS training and competency needs as requested by the Safety Manager or other members of management.

  • Understanding and conforming with the safety policy; safety related legal and other requirements; and, site specific safety and health rules, regulations, standard operating procedures and other operational controls as they relate to their job responsibilities.

  • Reporting unsafe conditions or observed SIPS non-conformances.

  • Understanding and executing required duties under the site’s emergency response and notification procedures.

  • Immediately reporting any work-related incident which results in, or which could have resulted in, injury, illness, or property damage.

  • Understanding the location’s safety objectives that relate to their job responsibilities.

  • Providing recommendations to management for continual improvement and injury prevention.

  • Where appropriate, volunteering and participating in SIPS activities.

    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 have a valid Commercial Driver’s License

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required

  • Ability to read and understand common documents such as safety rules, maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals in English.

  • Prior experience in industrial maintenance is required.

  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (training to be completed during on-site orientation)

  • Articulated Loader Operation

  • Bobcat/Skid Steer Operation

  • Tractor Operation (Bucket and Callahan Lift Attachment)

  • Forklift Operation Certification

  • Spotter Truck Operation (select individuals only)

  • Truck Dump Operation (select individuals only)

  • Confined Space Entry and Rescue Technician

  • Fall Protection and Prevention

  • Electrical Safety/Arc Flash Qualified

  • Cutting/Welding/Grind Proficiency

  • Authorized Lockout/Tagout

  • First Aid/CPR/AED

  • 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 & Physical Demands

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.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 lbs.

  • Must be able to work with and around a wide range of bakery waste products some of which will contain allergens (i.e. peanuts).

  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

  • 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.

Careers and Benefits

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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 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees 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 many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield ® , Eckrich ® and Nathan's Famous ® , among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( , LinkedIn ( and Instagram ( .

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, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status or status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

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ID 2021-17197

Job LocationsUS-NC-WILSON

Category Hog Production

Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Hourly

Shift 1st and 2nd Shift