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POST DATE 9/16/2016
END DATE 3/8/2017

Smithfield Tar Heel, NC

Tar Heel, NC
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree




The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.

A functional trainee is an individual who undergoes training for positions in their field of expertise. The Career Foundation Program is the best way to prepare employees to become future leaders of the company. It equips them with the required skills, judgment, and know-how of being an effective and responsible employee.

The Safety Trainee is responsbile for assisting the Safety Department in promoting a healthy and safe workplace at the designated facility. These duties will be accomplished by assisting in technical expertise to the plant safety and health teams, supporting safety training on safety and health topics, and encourating active employee involvement in the safety process.

1. A functional trainee is exposed to every aspect of their business and role.
A functional trainee would be expected to know all facets of their particular piece of the business, from sales to customer service, to human resources and operations. A marketing trainee, for instance, would do some time understanding brands, then with the promotional campaigns, and then with presentations and then finally with client meetings. As such, the functional trainee becomes very flexible when it comes to skills related to his or her job.

2. You can have a pick of the job you love most.
Smithfield offers functional trainees a chance to work in departments they feel they could excel in. If you ve been particularly stellar in sales, or you are interested in human resources, you could choose to work in that area.

3. It develops teamwork.
As trainees, you will be working with teams or at least a partner who will show you how things are done in the department. You will learn to work with teams of different members and at different levels. Sometimes, you will be working with a higher management, other times you ll work hand in hand with your subordinates. Aside from developing teamwork, you could also build up a mentor-apprentice relationship with the people you work with.

4. You get promoted easily.
Career advancement is the ultimate goal of training. Once a vacancy comes up, you will have a great chance of being promoted. Simply put, training places you on the radar of the company s meticulous executives.

5. It is the best way to earn your stripes .
Being part of a Career Development Program is very much like being in school, or perhaps enrolling in an MBA program. The only difference is that you get real work-related situations and problems that need fast, implementable solutions. Moreover, as a trainee, you have a mentor who screens your every decision to see if they would be feasible. The result* You will learn more about your division or your company.


Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

75% Coordination of Safety Programs

* Obtain overall knowledge, management and implementation of internal safety programs and regulatory compliance associated with our industry including; EIPMS, Workers Compensation, (PSM) Process Safety Management, Ergonomics, Auditing, Incident Investigation, Team and Committees, Budgets, Behavioral Based Safety and 1910 CFR Regulatory Compliance.

20% Administrative Documentation and Organization

* Ensure training and document is maintained with applicable laws and regulations.

* Ensure supervisory personnel are aware of employee restrictions due to work-related injury or illness.

* Ensure employees are working within those restrictions.

* Participate in accident investigation process.

5% Special Projects

* Special projects and initiatives to work on independently and present findings to the plant management and/or corporate management as needed.

Other Duties

* 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.

* Work with others to plan and direct the work of the organization.

* Evaluate work output.

* Receive classroom instruction in subjects related to their rotational experience.

* Attend lectures, watch guest speakers, and create projects, oral presentations, and take tests.

* Work in different departments within a specific function to gain perspective, including marketing, sales, customer services, purchasing, merchandising, and personnel departments.

* Handle established accounts to gain familiarity.

* Adhere to guidelines of formal written training program.

* Attend periodic evaluations.


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.

* Bachelor s degree from four-year college or university in a safety or related technical field.

* Desire and attitude to excel.

* Planning, organization and execution skills.

* Strong oral and written language skills.

* Strong decision-making and problem solving skills.

* Ability to travel and relocate.

* Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

* Must be able to relocate during the 24-month period rotation.


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.

* Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

* Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

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


The work environment characteristics 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.

* Plant environment will include wet, damp, cold, slippery and loud conditions with moving parts, and vibrating parts.

* Noise level in the work environment is usually loud when in the production area.