Plant Safety Manager

Smithfield   •  

Kinston, NC

Industry: Food & Beverages


Less than 5 years

Posted 180 days ago

This job is no longer available.



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


Supports the facility in the design, management, and implementation of our comprehensive Health and Safety programs and provides direction to all levels within the plant regarding appropriate Health and Safety practices. Plans, implements, evaluates and communicates safety initiatives that meet and exceed regulatory requirements.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  1. Creates, supports and implements strategies to establish and improve safety compliance.
  2. Supports site safety management systems.
  3. Educates employees in proper safety procedures, safe work practices and policies.
  4. Develops, evaluates and recommends process and equipment changes and improvements to maximize safety and improve environmental impacts of operations.
  5. Administers, monitors and audits safety and health programs to ensure OSHA compliance.  Completes annual review on each program.  Assists with injury/illness prevention and correction.
  6. Leads proactive efforts in air monitoring to ensure compliance with standard practices.
  7. Conducts root cause analyses and preventative/corrective action follow-up.
  8. Conducts job hazard analysis for ergonomic improvements and soft tissue injury prevention.
  9. Monitors and reviews accident investigation reports and ensure appropriate follow up; participates in claim reviews, mediations, and hearings; reviews workers compensation costs and monitors claims. Provides quality health care to employees to reduce workers compensation costs, absenteeism and turnover.
  10. May provide training to the occupational health nursing staff, production employees and management.
  11. In the absence of key personnel the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.

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 Safety Management or related field from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 3+ years' relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of OSHA and Workers’ Compensation; with prior experience in the food industry a plus.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to anticipate needs, forecast conditions, set goals/standards and measure results.
  • Bilingual, preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May provide leadership and guidance to employees in the Safety Team.
  • 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, 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.