Director, Hog Procurement
Company: Smithfield Foods
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: September 21, 2023
Your OpportunityThe Director, Hog Procurement is responsible for
leading a team that manages all functions in the area of hog
procurement, directing multiple plants' supply needs for livestock
at a competitive cost. This position directs team members engaged
in the purchasing and receipt of livestock, and ensures processes
are handled in an appropriate and humane manner according to
company policies and USDA regulations. This role works in
coordination with the Smithfield procurement team to optimize hog
supply purchasing. The individual in this role will be critical in
building and maintaining relationships with hog producers /
suppliers in the Midwest. Salary Range $125,500 - $184,800 Core
Oversee and manage hog procurement functions for Smithfield.
Provide leadership and assist in development of staff not only at
the plant level but across the SFD Hog Procurement Team. Oversight
of key areas such as committed hog supply, scheduling at the
plants, hog cost and hog pricing mechanisms, following budgets and
harvest plans etc.
Build and maintain relationships with hog producers / suppliers in
the Midwest. Must be engaged with the hog producer community.
Critical to cultivate long-term business relationships with current
and prospective suppliers.
Play active role in supporting and training the hog procurement /
buyer team. Work alongside buyers in contract negotiations etc. and
help buyers continue to build rapport with producers across the
Work alongside other members of the Hog Procurement Management Team
to determine necessary key metrics to track / benchmark enabling
the team to meet business goals/objectives. Responsibility for this
team to develop, provide and update agreed upon consistent key
metrics in standardized reporting across all fresh pork plants on
daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis depending on
report. This team will design, implement and manage these reports
and the information in them prior to distribution.
Play an active role in the preparation of bids, proposals and hog
supplier agreements. Responsible for monitoring and ensuring agreed
upon obligations are met between both Smithfield and suppliers.
Manage and promote plant specific and regulatory compliance
requirements to employees, suppliers, and truckers, providing
emphasis on those pertaining to USDA Packers and Stockyards Program
and the USDA FSIS Humane Handling regulations.
Gather necessary pork industry intelligence and share with the Hog
Procurement Team. Supports current and future databases with
updated supplier information, production knowledge and competitor
analysis as needed.
Promote and build the Smithfield brand through Key Supplier &
Industry meetings, conventions and other opportunities across the
Understand and interpret hog and pork markets.
Utilize technology to demonstrate where opportunities exist to
improve business. 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. QualificationsTo
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 from a regionally accredited four-year college or
university in animal science, agricultural business, agricultural
economics, economics or business and 10 years of relevant
experience; or equivalent combination of education and
Minimum of 5 years' experience in a position of leadership to
include team development and management, required.
Prior knowledge of the pork or food industry. Being well connected
in the US hog and pork industry is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of accounting, inventory, manufacturing and ordering
Truckers Quality Assurance- Advisor Training, preferred.
Pork Quality Assurance-Certification or Advisor, preferred.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, Word and
Economic and math skills, and the ability to analyze information
Strong business and negotiating skills.
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to influence the organization at the most
Demonstrated financial acumen, strategic thinking, project
leadership, and talent development.
The ability to work through complex, unstructured problems.
High level of written and verbal communication skills,
interpersonal skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical
reasoning, and adaptability.
Possess strong ability to build and maintain relationships.
Independent decision-making abilities.
Must be an all-around good communicator.
Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic
Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while
building strong working relationships and a positive work
Must be able to travel 30% or more of the time.
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 resolving problems.
Career BenefitsTo 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.
PEOPLE MATTERWith more than 60,000 jobs globally, our employees
drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and
rewarding work environment.GROWTH & DEVELOPMENTWorking at
Smithfield isn't just a job - it's the foundation for a lifelong
career with training designed to help you advance
professionally.BENEFITSOur people matter. That's why we offer
excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time
employees.SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGESustainability 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. For more information 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, 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
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