Clemens Food Group

  • Knife Skills Trainer

    Job Locations US-MI-Coldwater
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    1st Shift
    Employment Status
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Build your career. Challenge the process. Collaborate & Engage.

    Build your career with Clemens Food Group and be a part of an exciting, collaborative, team environment.

    At Clemens Food Group, we want you to constructively challenge and have your ideas heard.  We are looking for diverse individuals who push the limits and think outside the box!

    Clemens Food Group realizes that our team members are the key to our success. Come be a part of our team and see your ideas in action!




    The Knife Skills Trainer and are responsible to implement and support an effective hands-on knife skills training program for the knife users at our Hatfield pork processing facility. The Knife Skills Trainers will coach Team Members through the qualification curriculum, which emphasizes the effective knife sharpening skills and efficient trimming / boning techniques that are necessary to ensure Team Members can work safely and be successful in their roles.  During the qualification period, the Knife Skills Trainers will evaluate and monitor Trainee performance and regularly communicate progress to the Trainees and their Supervisors.  The success of the Knife Skills Trainers will be measured by two KPIs – 90-day retention rate and average qualification time.





    • Lead new hire classroom training for general knife skills, including knife handling, knife sharpening, and proper fitting / use of personal protective equipment
    • Educate knife users on anatomy of the primals (location of muscle and fat) and the most efficient trimming and boning techniques needed to achieve internal and external product specifications
    • Communicate the qualification process to new knife users and provide them with weekly goals / targets necessary to qualify for assigned position
    • Mentor new knife users throughout the qualification process for trimming and boning jobs
    • Evaluate and document weekly progress reports for Trainees and review with Trainees and their Supervisors until qualification is achieved
    • Monitor and correct/retrain Team Members exhibiting behaviors that are contrary to training; schedule time for additional help as needed
    • Document and maintain Team Member training records
    • Assist with development of training materials, including training manuals and job aids
    • Assist with identifying gaps in training and developing plans to address the gaps
    • Use the Anago knife sharpness testing device to ensure knives are adequately sharpened in the knife room and Team Members are using their mouse traps effectively to maintain an edge
    • Troubleshoot problems with yield due to poor boning / trimming techniques
    • Assist plant supervision with translating in various situations; translate written company information and documents as needed


    • Minimum 2 years experience in a knife-work position in the meat production industry (pork preferred)


    • Must have the ability to train others effectively. Previous experience working as a trainer or training employees is preferred
    • Must be highly skilled in the use of knives, including sharpening and trimming / boning techniques
    • Must be Bilingual (English / Spanish) and be able to calmly communicate effectively, both written and verbal and be able to deal with stressful situations and exhibit good judgment; must be willing and ability to translate as needed
    • Ability to evaluate hourly Team Member performance related to safe, effective knife usage


    • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment
    • Must have problem-solving skills and attention to detail


    • Must exhibit patience and dedication
    • Basic computer knowledge required (proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook)


    • Ability to work 1st and 2nd shifts as needed to train employees working on each shift; must be able to work extended hours and weekends if needed


    • Must be able to read and write. High School degree or equivalent preferred


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