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Smithfield Continuous Improvement Specialist - MIQ - Relocation & Sign-on Bonus! in Mason City, Iowa

Job Locations

US-IA-Mason City

Your Opportunity

A great job and a great future await you at Smithfield Foods. As the world’s largest pork processor and largest hog producer in the United States, we’re a $16 billion global food company with more than 55,000 employees. We’re looking for motivated people who want to join our team and grow lasting and meaningful careers with us.

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

  • Competitive Starting Pay

  • 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.

    *Program eligibilities apply

    Looking to move? We will help! Ask about our Relocation Assistance packages! Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Lump Sum payments

  • Agents to help you sell/buy

  • Lease Termination Assistance

  • Moving of goods and vehicles

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

    The Smithfield Way Continuous Improvement Specialist assists in implementing all facets of The Smithfield Way to include both the M-IQ process and the minimum outlined plant facility requirements. Responsible to improve the outcomes of manufacturing and operational processes to drive efficiencies, reduce cost and increase product quality attributes. Provides advisement and recommendations to key management personnel to influence culture change to the new methodology.

Salary Range

$59,500 - $88,000

Core Responsibilities

  • The dedicated “Plant Champion” for all elements of The Smithfield Way, and will participate as a member of the implementation team to properly deploy the program, and then ensure it is sustained to meet the governance of the program.

  • Facilitates the deployment of The Smithfield Way tenants within the facility in which they are responsible.

  • Establish and develop systems which reinforce and encourage data-based decisions to drive value stream enhancement and continuous improvement. Works across the organization to ensure consistent approach, format, data integrity, and decision processes are deployed and in use throughout the facility.

  • Conducts problem solving activities with the plant team to troubleshoot manufacturing/business and operational issues.

  • Completes advanced data collection and analysis for process mapping.

  • Facilitates training/workshops to drive cultural change.

  • Optimize manufacturing processes to attain product quality, efficiency, and process repeatability.

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

  • Partners with Operations and Engineering teams to monitor and evaluate effectiveness of newly implemented tools and tenants.

  • Strategic thinking skills, and the ability to effectively translate strategy into operating methodology and results.

  • Work with corporate C.I. staff in the development of strategic plans to further the performance of the business through the utilization of Continuous Improvement methodologies and tools.

    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 a regionally accredited college or University in related field and 2+ years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.

  • Demonstrated understanding of Continuous Improvement and lean manufacturing principles.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including advanced level knowledge of Excel.

  • Solid analytical skills, with practical operational knowledge.

  • 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.

  • May travel up to 50% of the time.

  • 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.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit


More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.


Working at Smithfield isn't just a job – it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.


Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees. Also, education benefits available to full and part-time Smithfield team members on their first day of employment


Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936,Smithfield Foods, Inc. ( is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit ( , and connect with us onFacebook,Twitter,LinkedInandInstagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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Job LocationsUS-IA-Mason City



FLSA StatusExempt

Shift1st Shift

Salary Range$59,500 - $88,000

Adv.IndSPR- Operations Production