Accounting & Finance Plainwell, Michigan


Position at JBS USA

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.

                                                               JOB DESCRIPTION

                                                              Salaried Non Exempt 

Position Title: Purchasing Assistant Purchasing 2nd shift

Department:  Purchasing Department                         

Location: Plainwell Plant  

The primary responsibilities of the Purchasing Assistant are offloading trailers. Each trailer has critical supplies we need to get in the plant for the next day’s plant operations, and assisting purchasing supervisors and manager with their duties.


Responsible for offloading and putting away Packaging, MRO parts inventory. Processing parts issue slips, and offload list paperwork. General housekeeping of Box Shop, shipping docks and elevator areas, material identification, packing slips relative documentation for receiving. All other duties as assigned


Job requires accuracy, neatness and organization with an understanding of time management, must have strong work ethic, be dependable, and be able to work independently.

  1. Taking daily or cyclical inventories.
  2. Verifying on hand inventories.
  3. Verifying incoming shipments of materials.
  4. Posting receivers on computer system.
  5. Issuing materials from inventory on computer system.
  6. Filing paperwork and documents by combination of company name and numerical sequence.
  7. Hand writing issue slips and inventories requiring
  8. Finding parts and materials in the computer data base for maintenance and other departments.
  9. Cross train to work in all areas of purchasing, including but not limited to box shop, stockroom, knife room, office etc.
  10. Very strong computer skills, SAP experience preferred, Microsoft Excel required

                      2nd shift hours: 2:30pm to 11:00pm