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Smithfield Employee & Labor Relations Specialist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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US-SD-Sioux Falls

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The Employee Relations Specialist, Investigations is responsible for investigating employee relations matters, providing summary reports and remediation recommendations as well as identifying trends through quarterly reporting for targeted training programs. This position will support a variety of initiatives including driving consistency in policies and best practices to support and encourage a productive workforce that meets both the business goals of the organization and personal needs of employees.

This position leads the investigation process for the HR Department which includes interviewing all witnesses and involved parties, reviewing camera footage, preparing witness statements and notes, researching past practices/cases, preparing case summaries, providing recommendations for issue resolution and properly filing completed cases.

Core Responsibilities

  • Investigates employee relations concerns including but not limited to the categories of harassment, discrimination, wage/ hours and/or retaliation which are received through HR, site management, letters to leadership or employee ethics hotline.

  • Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations recommending resolution of employee complaints to site leaders while ensuring fairness and consistency to local policies and practices.

  • Maintains accurate, complete and confidential records in the investigation file regarding all investigations.

  • When necessary, partners with legal in conducting investigations, researching policies/ practices, creating and gathering appropriate documentation, and making recommendations.

  • Works closely with site leaders to ensure that all policies and procedures are understood, communicated and consistently administered with all employees.

  • Recommend education solutions to improve awareness of Code of Conduct, policy and other employee relations related matters.

  • Responsible for tracking grievances, investigating and driving issues to resolution and working with the HR Director and operations on any changes to practices, processes or additional training needs identified through the grievance resolution.

  • Analyze and evaluates employee relations trends and provides actionable feedback to the HR Director and operations partners.

  • Partner with counsel to prepare for and when necessary attend mediations, arbitration, and other court proceedings as required.

  • Assists with best practices content for monthly leadership roundtable discussions and other employee relations action plans.

  • Provides timely investigation summaries and ensures closeout of all completed investigations. Keeps the HR Director up to date on pending investigations.

  • Partners with HR Directors to provide counsel and facilitate prompt and effective resolution of workplace conflict to address issues for employees and managers in a manner consistent with company policies and procedures.

    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 four-year college or university in Human Resources or a related field and 5 + years of relevant HR and/or law enforcement experience required.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the requirement to thoroughly document and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple, possibly conflicting priorities.

  • Strong communication and administrative skills

  • Strong problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills

  • The ability to work well with employees at all levels of the organization

  • 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 physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently required to sit, use hands to handle, or feel and talk or hear.

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

  • The majority of time is spent in an office setting outside the production plant. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non- weather-related), extreme heat or cold, (non- weather-related) working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

Careers and Benefits

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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 2021-16353

Job LocationsUS-SD-Sioux Falls

Category Human Resources

Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Exempt

Shift 1st and 2nd Shift

Adv. IndSPR-Human Resources