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Smithfield Forklift Driver in Orange City, Iowa

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US-IA-Orange City

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Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich ®, Nathan's Famous ®, Farmland ®, Armour ®, Farmer John ®, Kretschmar ®, John Morrell ®, Cook's ®, Gwaltney ®, Carando ®, Margherita ®, Curly's ®, Healthy Ones ®, Morliny ®, Krakus ® and Berlinki ®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs.

Production Crew Leads perform a variety of tasks crucial to the success of our production lines. This includes organizing production crews, performing training, and problem-solving production issues. Production employees at Smithfield handle materials and use hand tools, knives, machinery, and equipment to help deliver good food responsibly to America’s dinner table. Production team members at Smithfield do hard and physically demanding work that requires good hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, strength and stamina. Production Crew Leads helps oversee the work that is performed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Performs work and ensures the work of others is performed in accordance with GMPs, Quality and Safety practices and proper work methods or procedures.

  • Assists in the supervision of production personnel

  • Executes daily production schedule

  • Recommends personnel actions

  • Provides advice on production projects

  • Interpret and explain standards

  • Makes corrections

  • Takes and recommends alternative courses of action

  • Performs daily setup/shutdown on equipment

  • Responsible for verifying and documenting daily HACCP/CCC checks required by FSAQ Department

    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 or an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience, preferred

  • 2+ years of manufacturing and plant operations experience, required

  • 2+ years of leadership and/or training of hourly personnel, required

  • GMP and/or HACCP training experience, preferred

  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety practices and procedures

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision and employee development

  • Ability to trouble shoot problems and resolve non-routine issues

  • Ability to interpret, apply, explain, develop, and implement standards, policies, regulations, and procedures

  • Ability to read and understand production documents

  • Ability to be aware of occupational hazards and utilize standard safety practice

  • Ability to respond to emergencies adequately

  • Ability to assist in the supervision of operations, services, and activities of the section.

  • Ability to operate personal computers and utilize applicable software

  • Ability to communicate effectively, in oral and written form

  • Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with hourly production personnel

  • Ability to follow/implement/enforce GMPs and other Food Safety and Quality requirements

  • Ability to perform other related duties needed as directed by managers

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Cold temperatures between 30-45 degrees F.

  • Hot temperatures between 80-100 degrees F.

  • Ability to work in close spaces.

  • Fast-paced environment.

  • Must be able to stand, twist and bend on hard floors for long periods of time.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit


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 43,000 U.S. team members and 16,000 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 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 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,, and connect with us onFacebook,Twitter,LinkedInandInstagram.

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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ID 2022-21224

Job LocationsUS-IA-Orange City

Category Operations

Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Hourly

Shift 3rd Shift