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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.

P osition Title: Purchasing Supervisor - Packaging

Department: Procurement

Location: Plainwell, MI

Reports to: Purchasing Superintendent


This position’s main responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day packaging duties of the JBS USA – Plainwell plant in regards to inventory management, vendor relations, ordering, storage, issuance, cost reporting, personnel and all other packaging functions. In addition, this position will assist the Plant Controller and Purchasing Superintendent with day-to-day purchasing activities and as needed on special projects and assignments. This position requires communication and interface with JBS Plainwell management, management at sister facilities, management with our home office as well as outside vendors, customers and contractors. The packaging supervisor in JBS Plainwell has responsibilities with parts and supply management as well.

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Management and oversight of Purchasing – Packaging

  • Management and oversight of maintenance parts and supplies

  • Plan and implement supply chain strategies for packaging items and supplies

  • Optimize warehouse space and ordering patterns

  • Verify team member duties and responsibilities

  • Manage inventories and make recommendations for improvements

  • Streamline processes and enhance methods of communication

  • Analyze costs and seek cost reductions

  • Report weekly cost variances to budget

  • Ensure proper reporting of inventories

  • Communicating and interacting with various levels of management inside and outside of the organization

  • Analysis and ad hoc reporting of procurement and operational results

  • Participating on various teams and projects as opportunities arise


High school diploma, GED or equivalent

Prior work experience in purchasing preferred

Strong working knowledge of Excel, Outlook, Word, SAP and similar

Ability to learn and solve problems

Ability to work under pressure in fast paced environment

Ability to effectively communicate via verbal and written formats

Ability to meet deadlines

Flexibility of schedule preferred

Prior work experience in food manufacturing preferred