Careers at Sanderson Farms

Careers at Sanderson Farms


From law and science to everything in between, we employ people from a wide range of backgrounds and skill sets. If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow in your career, we want to hear from you!

Rewarding Careers with Sanderson Farms

It takes a team of successful people from diverse disciplines to bring our products to customers’ tables. From law and science to accounting and computer programming, Sanderson Farms employs people from a wide range of backgrounds and skill sets, all working together to meet customer needs and produce chicken that’s always 100% natural. All our employees are awarded a comprehensive benefits package, competitive compensation and the ability to accomplish something that’s meaningful and challenging during their professional careers. If you are interested in joining a company where opportunity, performance and excellence share a long and cherished tradition, Sanderson Farms is interested in hearing from you!
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Corporate Trainee Programs: A path to management at Sanderson Farms

One of the best ways to join the Sanderson Farms family is to become a Trainee in one of our Corporate Trainee Programs. These training programs are designed to help employees build a working knowledge of Sanderson Farms’ overall operations while training to become a part of our management team. Throughout the 24-month program, Trainees have the opportunity to:
  • Get hands-on experience
  • Understand how we operate and why we follow specific procedures
  • Observe different management styles, choose the styles most appropriate to your personality and incorporate those observations into your own personal style of management
  • Get paid - all Trainee positions are paid salary positions
To learn more about Sanderson Farms’ training programs, please download a brochure about our Beginning and Advanced Trainee Programs. If you would like to contact someone for more information about Sanderson Farms’ Corporate Trainee Program, please visit our Contact Us page. Sanderson Farms’ Corporate Trainee Program offers 14 distinct training tracks. Choose a track below to learn more.
Beginning Trainee Program
The Beginning Trainee Program offers trainees the opportunity of development, training and supervising experiences at all levels of the organization, from breeder/hatchery operations to slaughter operations.
  • Bachelor's degree is required.
  • Must be mobile and willing to relocate.
  • Trainee works in one of the Processing or Production facilities.
  • Trainee will work closely with Supervisors and Managers, learn management skills and gain knowledge about the poultry industry and Sanderson Farms.
  • This is an entry level position for the trainee to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become Supervisors and above in our facilities.
  • The Trainee reports to the Division Manager where Trainees are assigned.
  • The needs of the company will determine where Trainees are assigned.
  • Trainees are required to work where and when needed.
Apply For Position
Accounting Trainee Program
The Accounting Trainee will work in all accounting areas of our business, including processing, production, prepared foods, accounts payable, accounts receivable, tax and audit. The Accounting Trainee will train for and perform the duties of corporate accounting personnel, including, but not limited to, accounts payable, credits, auditor and controller.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • The Accounting Trainee will work in all accounting areas of our business.
  • Trainees must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Apply For Position
Audit Accounting Trainee Program
This program is designed to teach trainees the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill the role of an Auditor or another position within the Audit Department. The Audit Accounting Trainee will work closely with the Senior Staff Auditor and Chief Auditor to learn all areas of our business accounting procedures, including corporate, processing and production accounting functions. The Audit Accounting Trainee will train for and perform duties of corporate accounting personnel, including, but not limited to, accounts payable, credits, cashier, auditor and controller.
Position Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field.
  • Audit Accounting Trainees will work out of the corporate office in Laurel, Mississippi.
Apply For Position
Personnel Trainee Program
This program is designed to teach trainees the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill the role of a Field Employee Relations Manager, Personnel Supervisor or another position within the Human Resources area. The Personnel Trainee will work in all areas of our business, including processing, production, personnel and administration. The Personnel Trainee will work closely with division managers, field employee relations managers and the Corporate Office’s Human Resources Department, building and maintaining effective working relationships with them. Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field.
  • Personnel Trainees will work out of the corporate office in Laurel, Mississippi.
  • Trainees must be mobile and willing to relocate.
  • Personnel Trainees will work in processing, production and the Human Resources department.
Apply For Position
Sales Trainee Program
The Sales Trainee will work in all areas of our business, including processing, production, customer service and the Corporate Sales Department. The Sales Trainee will work closely with and build and maintain effective working relationships with division managers, customer service managers and the Corporate Sales Department. Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, sales, marketing or a related field.
  • Trainees must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Apply For Position
Maintenance Trainee Program
The Maintenance Trainee will work in all areas of Sanderson Farms’ processing plants. The Maintenance Trainee will train for and perform duties of division maintenance personnel, including, but not limited to, Maintenance Supervisor, Cleanup Supervisor and Maintenance Superintendent. Requirements
  • 2-year associate degree in a technical field.
  • Trainee works in one of the processing facilities.
Apply For Position
Shop Trainee Program
The Shop Trainee will be trained in the safe, efficient diagnosis and repair of all vehicles used by Sanderson Farms. Training will include general shop skills, preventative maintenance, recordkeeping, loader repairs, hydraulics, feed trailer repairs and preparation for a Commercial Driver’s License. The Shop Trainee will train for and perform duties of division fleet maintenance personnel, including, but not limited to, Shop Maintenance Supervisor and Shop Clerk. Requirements:
  • 2-year associate’s degree in a technical field or equivalent experience.
  • Trainee works in one of Sanderson Farms’ production facilities in the Truck Shop.
  • Trainees must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Apply For Position
Technical Services Trainee Program
The Technical Services Trainee will work in all areas of our business, including processing, production, microbiology, chemistry, quality control auditing and technical services. The Technical Services Trainee will train for and perform duties of technical services personnel relating to processing, production and the laboratory, including, but not limited to, microbiology, chemistry, quality control, regulatory compliance, animal welfare and poultry health monitoring. Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, physics or a related scientific background.
  • Trainees must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Risk Management Trainee Program
The Risk Management Trainee will work in all areas of our business, including processing, production, prepared foods, risk management, safety and human resources. The Risk Management Trainee will train for and perform duties of corporate risk management personnel, including, but not limited to, Claims Supervisor and Risk Manager. Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in risk management, insurance or paralegal studies.
  • Trainees must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Management Information Systems Trainee Program
The Management Information Systems Trainee will work in all areas of our business and management information systems, including processing, production, computer operations, help desk, programming and database administration. The Management Information Systems Trainee will train for and perform duties of information services personnel, including, but not limited to, computer operations, programming, database maintenance, networking, help desk and computer maintenance. Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering technology, business MIS or a computer-related field.
  • Trainees must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Apply For Position
Recruiting Trainee Program
The Recruiting Trainee will work in all areas of our business, including processing, production and recruiting. The Recruiting Trainee will work closely with the Manager of Corporate Recruitment, the Corporate Recruiter and the Recruiting Coordinator, as well as developing relationships with college faculty and students. Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, communications, public relations, marketing or a related field.
  • Must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Communications Trainee Program
The Communications Trainee will work in all areas of our business, including processing, production and communication. The Communications Trainee will train for and perform duties of communications personnel, including, but not limited to, Corporate Translator, Training Manager and Corporate Recruiter. Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, communications, public relations, marketing or a related field.
  • Must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Organization Development Trainee Program
The Organization Development Trainee will work in all areas of our organization, including processing, production and training. The Organization Development Trainee will train for and perform duties of corporate training personnel, including, but not limited to, Training Coordinator, Training Manager, Recruiting Manager and Corporate Recruiter. Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in human resources management, psychology, business, public relations or a related field.
  • Must be mobile and willing to relocate.
Advanced Trainee Program
Candidates within the company or outside of Sanderson Farms may be recruited for the Advanced Trainee Program. The Advanced Trainee Program offers trainees the opportunity for advanced development, training and supervisory experiences at advanced levels within the company, including breeder and hatchery operations, processing operations and various other levels of management. Primary Functions:
  • To develop managerial and leadership skills while becoming knowledgeable about the poultry industry, Sanderson Farms, Inc. and its various divisions.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Develop effective management and leadership skills necessary to perform managerial functions.
  • Become proficient in the company’s method of operations and familiar with the goals and policies of the company and the divisions and their interrelationships.
  • Perform supervisory duties as assigned in accordance with current position descriptions for those assigned positions.
  • Perform those specific special assignments as may be required in an accurate and timely manner in alignment with the Sanderson Farms company culture.
Position Requirements:
Academic:
  • Bachelor's degree
Experience:
  • Minimum of 2 years' management experience
Apply For Position
Advanced Trainee Program: I
Candidates within the company or outside of Sanderson Farms may be recruited for the Advanced Trainee Program. The Advanced Trainee Program offers trainees the opportunity for advanced development, training and supervisory experiences at advanced levels within the company, including breeder and hatchery operations, processing operations and various other levels of management. Primary Functions:
  • To develop managerial and leadership skills while becoming knowledgeable about the poultry industry, Sanderson Farms, Inc. and its various divisions.
  • Training for and performing duties at processing, production, or prepared foods at a superintendent level.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Develop effective management and leadership skills necessary to perform managerial functions.
  • Become proficient in the company’s methods of operation and familiar with the goals and policies of the company and the divisions and their interrelationships.
  • Perform supervisory duties as assigned in accordance with current position descriptions for those assigned positions.
  • Perform those specific special assignments as may be required in an accurate and timely manner in alignment with the Sanderson Farms company culture.
Position Requirements:
Academic:
  • Bachelor's degree
Experience:
  • Minimum of 3 years' management experience
Apply For Position
Advanced Trainee Program: II
Candidates within the company or outside of Sanderson Farms may be recruited for the Advanced Trainee Program. The Advanced Trainee Program offers trainees the opportunity for advanced development, training and supervisory experiences at advanced levels within the company, including breeder and hatchery operations, processing operations and various other levels of management. Primary Functions:
  • To develop managerial and leadership skills while becoming knowledgeable about the poultry industry, Sanderson Farms, Inc. and its various divisions.
  • Training for and performing duties at processing, production, or prepared foods at a mid-management level.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Develop effective management and leadership skills necessary to perform managerial functions.
  • Become proficient in the company’s methods of operation and familiar with the goals and policies of the company and the divisions and their interrelationships.
  • Perform supervisory duties as assigned in accordance with current position descriptions for those assigned positions.
  • Perform those specific special assignments as may be required in an accurate and timely manner in alignment with the Sanderson Farms company culture.
Position Requirements:
Academic:
  • Bachelor's Degree
Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years' management experience
Apply For Position
Advanced Trainee Program: III
Candidates within the company or outside of Sanderson Farms may be recruited for the Advanced Trainee Program. The Advanced Trainee Program offers trainees the opportunity for advanced development, training and supervisory experiences at advanced levels within the company, including breeder and hatchery operations, processing operations and various other levels of management. Primary Functions:
  • To develop managerial and leadership skills while becoming knowledgeable about the poultry industry, Sanderson Farms, Inc. and its various divisions.
  • Training for and performing duties at processing, production, or prepared foods at a division or plant management level.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Develop effective management and leadership skills necessary to perform managerial functions.
  • Become proficient in the company’s methods of operation and familiar with the goals and policies of the company and the divisions and their interrelationships.
  • Perform supervisory duties as assigned in accordance with current position descriptions for those assigned positions.
  • Perform those specific special assignments as may be required in an accurate and timely manner in alignment with the Sanderson Farms’ company culture.
Position Requirements:
Academic:
  • Bachelor's degree
Experience:
  • Minimum of 5 years' management experience
Apply For Position
Sanderson Farms offers college students the unique opportunity to become part of one of the most innovative and successful poultry producers in the nation. Learn more about how.
Summer Internships
As Summer Interns, students will be employed in one of our key areas – Live Production, Processing or the Foods Division – while at the same time earning a competitive wage and gaining valuable work experience. Just a few of the opportunities available to student interns include hatchery operations, live haul, live receiving, processing operations and shipping. As a Summer Intern, you will be provided with:
  • A highly qualified supervisor who will serve as your mentor
  • The necessary training that will challenge you to “think outside of the box"
  • Hourly pay of $12 for up to a 40-hour workweek
  • Regular feedback and evaluations intended to facilitate the improvement of job performance
  • A safe and secure work environment
  • Rewarding and challenging work
  • The opportunity to advance into our Beginning Trainee Program
Beginning Trainee Program
Upon graduation, many interns advance to our Beginning Trainee Program, where they are exposed to every aspect of our business, from sales and accounting to processing and production. Trainees will have the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest in the industry to help discover the career path that is best suited for their personal talents and abilities.
Dates and Deadlines
The deadline to apply for the summer internship is March 31. No resumes or applications will be accepted after the deadline. Internships are 10 weeks long, beginning the first Monday in June and ending the second Friday of August. To learn more about Sanderson Farms’ Summer Internship Program, please contact us or download a brochure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I get paid for the internship? A: Yes, you will be paid $12 per hour for a maximum 40-hour workweek. Q: Do you cover living expenses? A: Living expenses, including housing, food and transportation, are the intern’s responsibility. Q: Where will I be working? A: During the 10-week program, interns will be exposed to all elements of our operations.
2015 Super Chicken Road Show
Considering a rewarding career in the food industry? Then the Super Chicken Road Show is an event you surely won’t want to miss. During this two-day event, students and faculty get an up-close and personal look at what it’s like to work for one of the leaders in the food industry, including learning more about our exciting Summer Internship Program, Beginning Trainee Program and many other rewarding career opportunities. The event also allows students to spend an evening with Sanderson Farms representatives who share their industry knowledge and insights about their chosen career path at Sanderson Farms. Sanderson Farms’ Super Chicken Road Show is a great way for students to network with knowledgeable individuals who are currently working in the poultry industry and who also hold key positions within Sanderson Farms. Please contact Stephanie Butts, Manager of Corporate Recruitment, for more information. 1-800-844-4030 x1366 or email sbmcneese@sandersonfarms.com.

Georgia

The 2015 Georgia Super Chicken Road Show will be held on March 5-6, 2015, in Tifton, Georgia, at the UGA Tifton Conference Center. There will be a social that takes place on Thursday, March 5, 2015 with dinner to follow. On Friday morning, March 6, 2015, we will tour our Adel Production facility in Adel, Georgia and our Moultrie Processing Facility in Moultrie, Georgia. Following the tour, Sanderson Farms employees and students will have lunch together at the Blue Sky Grill in Moultrie, Georgia.

Louisiana

Details regarding the 2015 Fall Louisiana Super Chicken Road Show are currently being finalized and will be posted as soon as the details are in place.

Mississippi

The 2015 Mississippi Senior Super Chicken Road Show will be February 26-27, 2015, for our Mississippi Senior Universities. The social and dinner will be held at the Sanderson Farms Corporate Office in Laurel, Mississippi. Following dinner, we will travel to McComb, Mississippi, to tour our McComb Production and McComb Processing facilities on Friday, February 27, 2015. Following the tour, Sanderson Farms employees and students will have lunch together at Mr. Whisker's. Details regarding the 2015 Mississippi Junior Super Chicken Road Show are currently being finalized and will be posted as soon as the details are in place.

North Carolina

Details regarding the 2015 Fall North Carolina Super Chicken Road Show are currently being finalized and will be posted as soon as the details are in place.

Texas

The 2015 Texas Super Chicken Road Show will be held on February 11-12, 2015, in College Station, Texas, at the Pebble Creek Country Club. There will be a social that takes place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 with dinner to follow. On Thursday morning, February 12, 2015, we will tour our Brazos Production and Brazos Processing facilities in Bryan, Texas. Following the tour, Sanderson Farms employees and students will have lunch together.
At Sanderson Farms, we offer members of our team competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Insurance

  • Health Plan A – High Option (PPO) (includes prescription drug card) Healthy You!
  • Health Plan B – Low Option (PPO) (includes prescription drug card)
  • Health Plan C – Mini-Med
  • Vision Discount Programs
  • Dental
  • Basic Life – 100% Employer Paid
  • AD&D – 50% Employer Paid
  • Voluntary Life – Employee & Dependents
  • Long-term Disability

Vacation/Holidays

  • Vacation based on tenure
  • Holidays – 8 paid
  • Jury Duty Compensation
  • Funeral Leave

Retirement

  • 401(k) – Company match: 100% up to 3% and 50% on 4% and 5%
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (all contributions made by company)

Other Benefits

  • Credit Union
  • Direct Deposit
For more information about our benefits and compensation package, contact: Sanderson Farms, Inc., 127 Flynt Road, P.O. Box 988, Laurel, MS 39441-0988 Main (601) 649-4030 Toll Free 1-800-844-4030

Come Grow with Us

We are looking for contract poultry growers near Clinton, North Carolina. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be a grower with one of the top poultry producers in the industry. Call us today at 1-800-844-4030 to discuss details of contract production including the capital investment required, housing and equipment specifications. For more information, Contact Us.