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General Production Worker

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Smithfield Foods
Physical Address
St. Charles, IL 60174
Job Description




This job description indicates the nature of production work routinely performed by production employees at the St. Charles Dry Sausage – Smithfield plant.  This description is meant to help individuals who may be unfamiliar with food processing and what is required to perform this type of work.


Production employees are routinely required to perform a variety of tasks that require manual material handling and the use of hand tools, knives, machinery, and equipment.  This work is physically demanding and can require the use of some or all body parts and muscle groups.  Good hand-eye coordination and upper extremity motor skills are essential for most job tasks. Additional essential functions may be applicable to specific jobs.


 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.

Responsibilities:  Essential Work Postures, Movements, Lifting, and Carrying

  1. Continuous standing in one location for long periods (up to 2-3 hours before break).  Many jobs have fixed workstation locations and are conveyor line paced.

  2. Walking long distances sometimes on wet, uneven and slippery surfaces.
  3. Climbing or moving on steps, stairwells, walkways, and platforms.

  4. Carrying, lifting, lowering, pushing and pulling of heavy and or awkward objects or loads.  Lifting and lowering of objects up to 50 lbs.  Pushing or pulling of heavy roller carts, bins, or transport containers.

  5. Working in cold environment 45-50 degrees F and frequent contact with animal fats.

  6. Wearing, using and maintaining personal protective equipment.  Using, cleaning, maintaining, and safe handling of sharp cutting tools.

  7. Frequent static and /or awkward work postures with neck and spine flexion while grasping, pinching, pulling, lifting, extending, flexing the hands and arms to perform tasks.  A variety of arm and hand movements are required in applying force, movement and repetition.

  8. Using and maintaining a variety of knives, hand tools, powered tools and equipment, electrical devices, controls, and motorized vehicles.
  9. Being able to understand and follow oral and written instruction from supervisors and designated staff.
  10. Additional essential functions may be applicable to specific jobs including but not limited to:  packing, peeling, etc.

  11. All positions start at $15.65 per hour (after 9 months it increases $1.25 per hour and after 18 months there is an additional $1.50 increase per hour) (w/ a differential of .20 per hour)

  Key Responsibilities:

  1. Competent and trustworthy to comply with federal inspection programs and company safety and health policies.
  2. Maintain regular and predictable attendance.
  3. Be available to work scheduled hours, which may include mandatory overtime, depending upon production demands.






  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

  • Must have a high school graduate or GED
  • Applicants can submit a resume by fax by applying @ and searching for the General Production Worker opening at the St. Charles, IL location.  



At Smithfield Foods Packaged Meats Division we are always looking for talented associates. We are committed to recruit, retain and promote employees with a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences. We seek individuals with outstanding characteristics of leadership and a bias toward action. The successful applicant should desire a broad base exposure to all aspects within the business enterprise while taking pride in ownership of results within a cross functional team.

Smithfield Foods Packaged Meats Division is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

Smithfield Foods Packaged Meats Division participates in the E-Verify program.








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