Sanitation Supervisor

Smithfield Foods, Inc. Wichita , KS 67251

Posted 2 months ago


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

The Sanitation Supervisor has the responsibility of ensuring that sanitation activities at the plant are executed per the SSOPs, that corrective actions are taken as needed to address sanitation deficiencies and that proactive actions are taken to prevent sanitation issues - thus ensuring USDA regulatory compliance and the production of safe and wholesome meat products.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

Sanitation System Compliance

  • Ensures that maintenance and production shut down and startup operations resumes promptly and efficiently on cleaning nights.

  • Accountable for verifying that all Sanitation activities are of sound design, are performed as intended, and are properly documented thus ensuring the facility is being cleaned properly and has the ongoing performance evaluations required to prove they have produced safe and wholesome products that also meet the company's sales and marketing goals.

  • Coordinate with Engineering and Production to ensure proper teardown/setup initiatives are thoroughly completed.

  • Makes defendable decisions to ensure USDA regulatory and company objective compliance, without resulting in unjustified decreases in operational productivity or efficiency.

  • Manages 3rd party sanitation contractor and conducts regular meetings to ensure compliance and fulfillment of sanitation activities meet and/or exceed expectations.

  • Ensures low incidence of pre-op NRs, shelf life failures, and microbial swabbing failures while scoring well on internal and external sanitation audits.

  • Leads, supervises, and monitors focused deep and extraordinary cleaning assignments. Plans and supervises auxiliary and special cleaning assignments.

  • Evaluates and improves cleaning practices as needed.

RODAC Program Maintenance

  • Measures equipment cleaning and facility sanitation performance at pre-op via RODAC in the Smithfield system.

  • Responsible for administration of the plant's RODAC program to include distribution of site sampling lists, compilation and analysis of results, and follow up on unacceptable results until satisfactory performance is achieved.

  • Works closely with the Plant Purchasing Agent to ensure RODAC supplies are continuously available.

Employee Training

  • Conducts pre-op inspection training with plant staff members prior to their first pre op inspection.

  • Provides feedback to Plant Management on the performance of pre op inspection staff so that corrections can be made when necessary.

  • Develops and fosters a strong working relationship with the USDA.

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.

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Food Science or related field from four-year college or university and 2-4 years' experience in the professional sanitation or meat industries and processes; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge and understanding of sanitation science.

  • Knowledge of USDA, FSIS, HACCP, and SSOP requirements.

  • Ability to uphold regulatory, company and customer standards.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Access, Excel and Word.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Must be able to travel 10% of the time.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Sanitation Department.

  • 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 assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

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.

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

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and color vision.

  • Frequently required to stand, use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear. Occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

Work Environment

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.

  • 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.

EEO/AA Information

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.

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Sanitation Supervisor

Smithfield Foods, Inc.