Reliability Engineer
Lisle, IL 
Posted 2 days ago
Job Description
Reliability Engineer
ID 2022-23739
Job Locations US-IL-Lisle
Category Maintenance/Engineering
Type Full-Time
FLSA Status Exempt
Shift 1st Shift
Adv. IndSPR- Engineering Maintenance
Job Locations
Your Opportunity

As part of our Engineering team, you would analyze data, draft implementation plans for production process optimization. Seeking out ways to maximize efficiencies by eliminating the waste of valuable resources that directly impact our overall operating costs. You are instrumental to the manufacturing of Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan's Famous, and our other product brands, to meet the needs of our customers and consumers.

The Reliability Engineer is responsible for guiding efforts across the organization to ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment and processes that could adversely affect plant operations. This individual will coach, teach and train corporate established reliability program strategies and elements, as well as champion the transfer and implementation of best practices.

Core Responsibilities
    Works from a corporate perspective with plant reliability personnel and across functional departments to coordinate and administer standardized maintenance and reliability strategies for existing and new equipment programs.
  • Identifies, helps establish, coach, teach and train plants' reliability personnel on Key Performance Indicators
  • Responsible for the deployment of Smithfield Engineering best practices of maintenance management and reliability engineering.
  • Supports the facilitation, oversite, coordination, and administration of reliability elements of asset health assurance, criticality analysis, equipment hierarchy, RCA, component reliability, Operator Driven Reliability, predictive and preventative maintenance plan procedures, equipment maintenance support of daily maintenance effort, technical training, parts standardization, stores management, bill of materials, operational reliability, and reliability centered lubrication.
  • Supports consolidating and standardizing approaches for preventative/predictive maintenance tasks and maintenance repair techniques from a corporate perspective for assigned Smithfield facilities.
  • Works closely with plant maintenance and engineering personnel, corporate resources, and equipment vendors to coordinate the development of engineering solutions and effectively identify root causes and address identified areas for improvement for repetitive equipment failures, and other maintenance problems to reduce the need for maintenance while improving costs and reliability.
  • Identifies potential for cost reduction through improved equipment reliability, extended parts life, reduced labor cost, and other reliability-related improvement techniques.
  • Evaluates plant maintenance training needs and determines how to ensure that training opportunities are made available.
  • Works within the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)/SAP and utilizes its functionality to correlate the data for reliability analysis.
  • Facilitates the sharing of best practices, root cause solutions and procedural changes across the organization while ensuring the implementation of transferred best practices in an effort to maintain standardization and improve equipment performance.
  • Determines asset condition and reliability guidelines, performing necessary calculations to assess their performance and providing guidance in business decision to repair or replace assets.

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 Engineering or related field and 2+ years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and techniques related to food processing and the meat industry, preferred.
  • Ability to apply sound engineering principles to operational and design issues.
  • Proficient in SAP and CMMS, preferred.
  • Ability to communicate technical ideas and concepts effectively.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Suite products.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning and adaptability.
  • 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.
  • Travel is required with extended overnight stays.
  • Must be able to travel 50% of the time.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to other engineering and maintenance professionals.
Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield's benefits, visit


More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.


Working at Smithfield isn't just a job - it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.


Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.


Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. 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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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.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2+ years
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