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Smithfield Senior R&D Technician in Sioux City, Iowa

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US-IA-Sioux City

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The Senior Research and Development Technician will assist in projects and documenting results as well as working with reporting programs such as SAP, ProductVision and PMDM among others. Supports the team through shipping and documenting innovative customer samples for review. Manages incoming materials including raw material and blending. Maintains location appearance for customer and corporate review.

Core Responsibilities

  • Assists in plant projects by monitoring testing, helping produce prototype samples, collecting data and organizing reviews of product

  • Works in the plant location producing customer samples.

  • Follows procedures to assure a clean, safe and organization R&D lab.

  • Prepares the location for customer and corporate visitors and tours of the facility.

  • Prepares products for customer review. Ensures proper techniques are used in preparing customer samples and samples meet customer’s expectations.

  • Completes and maintains proper documentation working with established software programs such as SAP, PMDM and ProductVision.

  • Provides support for the analytical testing results and providing information to the team.

    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.

  • Associate’s Degree from a regionally accredited two-year college or certificate from a technical school and 3+ years relevant food manufacturing experience; or the equivalent combination of education and experience, required.

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferred.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook).

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs with no assistance.

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and achieve effective time management.

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet established goals and objectives.

  • Ability to travel occasionally, possibly overnight. 10% travel possible.

  • Acts with a sense of urgency & ability to meet deadlines; self-directed.

  • 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 and 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.

  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

  • Frequently required to stand; sit; walk; use hands handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, and talk or hear

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly. ® " and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. 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 on Facebook ( , Twitter ( , LinkedIn ( and Instagram ( .

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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ID 2021-17286

Job LocationsUS-IA-Sioux City

Category Research & Development

Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Non-Exempt

Shift Corporate - Day Shift