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Director, Hog Procurement

Company: Smithfield Foods
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

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 Responsibilities
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 Midwest.
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 US.
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 experience.
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 process.
Truckers Quality Assurance- Advisor Training, preferred.
Pork Quality Assurance-Certification or Advisor, preferred.
USDA bondable.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Economic and math skills, and the ability to analyze information and data.
Strong business and negotiating skills.
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to influence the organization at the most senior levels.
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 environment.
Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Must be able to travel 30% or more of the time.
Supervisory Responsibilities
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 law.

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