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Associate Continuous Improvement Specialist

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Our team members receive industry-competitive salaries and are eligible for great benefits packages:  

  • Competitive Pay: $50,000 – $72,600 annually
  • Annual Bonus Earning Potential
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance, Retirement Benefits and More
  • Education benefit available to full and part time Smithfield team members on their first day of employment.

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In addition, we offer opportunities for career growth, professional development, and tuition assistance.

The Associate Continuous Improvement Specialist assists in identifying and implementing process improvement opportunities. Responsible to improve the outcomes of manufacturing and operational processes to improve efficiencies, reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction at a particular location. Provides advisement and recommendations to key management personnel to influence change and implement continuous process improvement programs. 

Core Responsibilities

Analyzes plant efficiencies and drives cost savings by identifying and facilitating process improvement projects.

Conducts root cause analysis to determine metrics and troubleshoot manufacturing/business and operational issues.

Completes advanced data collection and analysis for process mapping.

Conducts compliance audits, program evaluations, and reviews to drive results with the fortitude to ensure change is sustainable.

Lead cost reduction goals - monthly and annually.  

Partners with Operations and Engineering teams to monitor and evaluate effectiveness of new equipment installations. 

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 from an accredited four-year college or university, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Company will consider a currently enrolled college student with an anticipated graduation by end of current school year as qualified. 

Demonstrated understanding of Continuous Improvement and lean manufacturing principles. - Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including advanced level knowledge of Excel. - Solid analytical skills.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.

Demonstrated planning, organization, and execution skills.

Strong interpersonal and technical skills.

Knowledge of SAP is preferred.

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.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics & physical demands 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 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.

Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. - Frequently required to sit; stand; walk; reach with hands and arms.

Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance, vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.