Job Title:                  Meat Cutter

Department:             Production

FLSA:                      Non-Exempt

Reports To:             Production Supervisor

Pay Range:              $15.00/hr to $29.00/hr




Assigned under the general supervision of the Cutting Line Supervisor to utilize a

butcher knife and cuts meat to NSP specification and production standards. 



  • Must follow the “10 Commandments of Perfect Sanitation”.
  • Firmly grips butcher knife with dominant hand, uses cutting motion to portion and/or trim boneless meat products.
  • Visually inspect meat to ensure product is within specification.
  • Sharpens knives utilizing a stainless-steel rod.
  • Must be able to read spring scale to weigh portions and ensure products are within specification.
  • Must be able to consistently cut the required minimum of 1,000 pounds of meat products per shift.  The 1,000 pounds cut per day is the standard NSP requirement.  Most Cutters exceed this standard, cutting up to and beyond 1,800 pounds per shift.
  • Required to wear all safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as mesh gloves, wrist protectors, ear muffs, hair and beard nets, and rubber soled shoes.
  •  May be required to “fill-in” for other positions when there is a need.
  • 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 accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to maintain concentration while performing tasks over period of time.
  • Ability to coordinate actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Documented good safety and attendance record.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the “10 Commandments of Perfect Sanitation”.
  • Must have no written warning(s) or disciplinary actions within the last 6 months.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Must have worked for NSP a minimum of six (6) months.
  • Regular attendance at work and punctuality are essential job functions.
  • Ability to deal with stress and get along with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Ability to work in a safe manner, be considerate of other employees’ safety, and wears all personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.



Will train as necessary allowing 60-90 days to reach and maintain minimum daily production standards





Communicate with internal customers to resolve all issues or problems which require resourcefulness, tact and discretion. Applies broad

knowledge of products and services when communicating with individuals outside the immediate work area/department.



Work with significant deadlines that can result in a disruption to projects, service or products that impact operational cost and/or revenue.



Ability to apply disciplined knowledge to analyze and resolve problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Requires a full range of body motion to include lifting, twisting, bending, reaching outward, pushing, and pulling.
  • Required to stand at waist high table for up to three (3) hours before taking a break.
  • The ability to maintain one’s balance while performing the required work tasks is essential.
  • Works at waist high counter with arms extended below shoulder level.
  • Walks/stands on even concrete surface, which may at times be slippery due to marinates, water, and other liquids associated with the production process.
  • Requires intensive hand/wrist movement to meet the NSP minimum required pounds per day (see above).
  • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
  • The job is fast paced and the ability to deal with stress is essential.
  • May be exposed to strong odors such as marinate from seasoned meat.


Full time regular position that works Monday through Friday, generally 8 hours per day, with minimal overtime.  Travel is not required for this position.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The office environment is typically climate controlled of 68ºF to 72ºF and clean, with normal air contaminants, such as dust, typically found in an office environment
  • The indoor production environment is climate-controlled of -40ºF to 45ºF with regular exposure to prolonged noise
  • While in the production area, all employees are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include hair and beard nets, rubber soled shoes, smocks, hearing protection and hard hats.