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About JBS

JBS began in 1953 as a small, family-owned company in Brazil. We have continued to steadily grow and are now the largest animal protein processor in the world. Though our business has grown, our family values remain our foundation. We seek to hire dedicated individuals who are committed to learning and share our desire to be the best. At JBS, our team members are our most important asset and feeding the world is our greatest goal. The Plainwell facility began operations in 1918 under the Murray Packing company. In the 1960's, it was acquired by Murco and in 1998 by Packerland. In 2000, Packerland was acquired by Smithfield. In 2010, the facility joined the JBS USA family.

Plainwell is the only JBS plant with Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), a packaging process that changes oxygen levels to extend shelf-life. The MAP process is a part of the Plainwell ground beef operation. Plainwell is also one of the few plants that produces ground beef patties. Over one million lbs (450,000 kg) of beef are produced each day. The Plainwell facility produces biogas in an anaerobic lagoon and uses it in place of natural gas to heat a portion of the water used in the plant. The facility was recognized by the American Meat Institute as a Tier 3 facility for its accomplishments with ISO 14001. Plainwell recently built a $31 million distribution center (85,000 ft²) with a 55,000 box capacity.


Investing in our people is a large part of the reason why success at JBS is so achievable. Working in operations gives you the opportunity to contribute to the very core of our business: producing the highest quality products for families around the globe. At the JBS operations facilities, we offer career growth opportunities for people with all kinds of interests and backgrounds who are interested in working in a fast-paced, hands-on environment. Additionally, opportunities for those who enjoy working within the production environment and are excited about both leading a team and ensuring we are producing a top quality, safe product for families across the globe.


JBS® values the people who make our company a success. We want to be sure our team members know just how much we appreciate their dedication by ensuring they love working with us. As part of our total compensation package, JBS® and offers comprehensive employee benefits designed to meet the healthcare and financial goals of our team members and their families today, tomorrow and in the future.


General Description:

  • Manage and supervise hourly employees, schedule and direct workforce. Ensures area is properly staffed/ crewed to meet operational needs.

  • Coordinates maintenance employee’s responsibilities and oversees mechanical equipment

  • Process maintenance downtime reports

  • Assign work orders or special projects to maintenance employees

  • Maintain department budget within specified guidelines

  • Track Time and attendance for payroll

  • Responsible for meeting volume goals, reducing claims, maximizing yields, reducing costs and employee retention

  • Conducts pre-operational inspection, and handles maintenance concerns of Production Supervisors to ensure operation begins as scheduled

  • Conducts safety meetings and safety audits

  • Provides technical, mechanical, and/or electrical assistance throughout shift

  • Knowledge of PM’s

  • Delegates training procedures to maintenance employees

  • Assign projects to appropriate maintenance personnel

  • Maintains good working relationships with the Union, USDA, and maintenance employees.

  • Manage job changes/ rotations

Required Skills:

  • Able to communicate verbally and in written form in English

  • Mechanical inclination and knowledge of job specifications

  • General knowledge of machinery associated with the industry

  • Strong mechanical and electrical skills

  • Strong trouble shooting skills, with the ability to make quick decisions

  • Knowledge in electrical, hydraulic, welding and some PLC training

  • Ability to work 50+ hours

  • 1-2 years proven supervisory experience; preferably in a manufacturing or production environment but not required

  • People management skills