Smithfield Talent Acquisition Specialist-Operations in VA, United States


About Smithfield FoodsSmithfield 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®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, 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. For more information, visit .

52,000 employees’ world-wide

41 U.S. manufacturing facilities

3 Independent Distribution Centers

500+ Hog Farms


The primary focus of the Talent Acquisition Specialist – Operations (TAS) is to attract and hire a qualified pool of talent for hourly operations and maintenance positions within our manufacturing plants. On some occasions, the TAS will also recruit for front line supervisory positions, manufacturing and distribution facility management positions and corporate positions. The incumbent will use innovative approaches to market, recruit and hire talent for multiple plants within a predetermined geographic area. This position works closely with local plant HR Managers to understand workforce needs and to develop an approach to filling the pipeline with qualified individuals from diverse candidate pools.

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.


  • Partner with plant HR managers to fill vacant positions at multiple plants within a geographic area with innovative recruiting strategies.

  • Identify and screen high caliber candidates that match our job qualifications and experience requirements.

  • Office out of plant(s) environment and spend time understanding the various positions we typically hire to improve hiring fit and reduce turnover.

  • Provide recruitment counsel and guidance to hiring managers and Operations professionals to hire and retain talent.

  • Well-developed knowledge of all full life-cycle recruiting components to include, but not limited to, sourcing, qualifying, networking, assessing, legal, job analysis and due diligence.

  • Assists in oversight and maintenance of affirmative action data to ensure compliance in all recruitment, promotions, and transfer processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college/university and a minimum of two years Talent Acquisition experience, required.

  • Knowledge and past use of a server-based applicant tracking system.

  • Fundamental interviewing skills experience required.

  • Strong initiative and solid judgment.

  • Ability to quickly learn systems, processes, and procedures.

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships both within and outside the organization.

  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and employment regulations and policies.

  • Must possess a high level of professionalism, discretion and ability to self-manage his/her time from remote locations.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

  • Travel up to 70% to conduct regional HR recruiting events or work temporarily in another location to meet company hiring needs. Periodic overnight travel required.

  • Currently authorized to work in the U.S.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No direct Supervisory Responsibilities.

Physical Demands

Office and facility environment to include lifting, stretching, bending, reaching, walking, climbing, travel by car and aircraft.

Work Environment

The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant. 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.

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Job LocationsUS-VA-Smithfield-North Plant

CategoryHuman Resources


FLSA StatusExempt

Shift1st Shift