Our Commitment

At JBS USA, we are dedicated to offering growth and development opportunities to our team members. We have numerous leadership and training programs in place to further develop incoming and existing leaders. We know that leaders are not born—they’re made—and we pride ourselves on employing and recognizing people who have the potential to be successful leaders.

Our Approach

Our team members have the opportunity to receive leadership training through many programs.

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JBS USA Internship Program

The JBS USA Internship Program provides current college students with an opportunity to gain practical industry experience while developing extensive leadership skills. This 10-week summer internship challenges approximately 150 participants each summer through hands-on learning experiences and meaningful projects that improve our business and provide personal education growth and valuable workplace experience. When selecting our interns, we look for college students with strong educational standing, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, exceptional communication skills and the capacity to thrive in high-pressure and fast-paced environments.

Once placed in either a production or corporate business unit role, interns are provided with mentorship from an experienced leader, offering them firsthand industry exposure and the opportunity to network with senior management. Not only are our internships paid positions, the program also allows students to receive class credit and an introduction to a potential future career, all while helping identify future JBS USA leaders.

JBS USA Management Trainee Program

Recent college graduates looking to pursue their passion of building a leadership career in the animal protein industry can apply to our Management Trainee Program. This 12-month rotational program is designed for those ready to excel in our technical, cultural and leader-based work environments. Customizable rotations allow trainees to use and grow their project management, problem-solving and collaboration skills according to their own interests and career aspirations. In addition, our trainees participate in three to four weeklong formal and informal training sessions that further develop their knowledge and skillset in the areas of leadership, process management and people management. Each year, we onboard nearly 100 JBS USA trainees from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Orientation for this group focuses not only on learning how to be successful, but on contributing to our operations to help make us the best in all that we do.

JBS USA Supervisor Development Program

Our Supervisor Development Program was created to identify driven hourly production team members who possess leadership abilities and develop those team members into frontline supervisors with potential for continued advancement within the company. The intent of this program is to invest in our driven, passionate and results-oriented team members by giving them the tools they need to accelerate their careers within JBS USA. The program includes four months of rotational training in a JBS USA facility, leadership skills training and the opportunity to meet with and learn from other leaders across the company. To deepen our team members’ understanding of how our departments and teams work together to produce high-quality products, we expose them to all parts of a facility during their rotations. The program totals more than 150 team members. At JBS USA, we strive to create a successful company by helping our team members be successful in their own careers.

“What sets JBS USA apart is our people and our culture. The difference is a commitment to allocate time and capital for recruiting and hiring the best talent. We give team members the opportunities and ownership to thrive by creating and delivering world class business training and development programs. In turn, our people live and drive our culture every day.”

Phil Del Vecchio
Culture and Talent, JBS USA

JBS USA Leadership Warehouse Program

At JBS USA, our goal is to create a culture that yields sustained excellence—a difficult task that requires every one of our team members to commit, by word and deed, to pursuing the JBS USA Values in our personal and professional endeavors. Our JBS USA Leadership Warehouse works to further equip our team members to do their part in the creation of this culture. This program is not a “one size fits all” initiative. In fact, it outlines six different leadership development offerings, providing important developmental and educational opportunities to several levels of leadership. Our hope is that our team members find a program to further develop their own leadership abilities, as well as propel JBS USA closer to its mission. Each of our Leadership Warehouse development programs are designed and facilitated internally allowing us to offer culturally relevant and company oriented leadership solutions.

  • Summit
    JBS USA Summit is built for high-level leaders who do not believe there is ever a peak for learning and growth. This program, open to all JBS USA business units, brings 25 nominated, high-potential leaders together for intensive, yearlong leadership education. The Summit experience introduces nominees to in-depth business concepts by partnering with executive sponsors and local business leaders to solve real-world business problems occurring at local facilities. With exposure to our operations in the U.S., Australia and Brazil, Summit participants gain business knowledge from every business unit within the company. Ultimately, participants understand that hard work and dedication are crucial components of success and that, with JBS USA Summit training, they can soar to new heights.
  • Strategic Leadership
    Strategic Leadership is an intensive, weeklong leadership development education program designed to guide mid-level managers in three leadership categories: Self, Others and Process. This program builds on the groundwork that mid-management leaders have honed, pushing their knowledge and experience even further. Much of the practical items taught are adapted from the JBS USA culture, but the overall focus of the program is to continue developing competent and inspiring leaders who manage other leaders.
  • Elective Learnings
    One of the things that makes JBS USA a great company to work for is our ability to employ and recognize people who have the potential to be successful leaders. Our Elective Learnings program offers complementary training courses online for any team member interested in improving their skills, including ad hoc trainings on pressing topics within the company, such as “Communication Across Generations,” “Accountability and Ownership” and “Building Engaged Teams.”
  • People First
    When we put our people first at JBS USA, the results are always groundbreaking. The People First Program lays a foundation for our frontline supervisors, mid-managers and corporate managers creating a consistent framework to achieve results through leadership. The program provides specific training to all frontline supervisors in four sessions throughout the year, focusing on hands-on leadership techniques and tools that build, maintain and uplift our teams. Program topics include building trust and respect, the cost of turnover, accountability, delegation and prioritization, communication and information sharing. To empower our team members, we identify and train internal team members to become facilitators of the People First Program.
  • Leadership Fundamentals
    Leadership Fundamentals is our new manager training program designed for recently promoted or recently hired team members from outside the company. This one-day program is offered eight times throughout the year, providing new leaders with exposure to the JBS USA Values, Mission and Beliefs, while also offering basic leadership skills such as effective team communication, delegation and performance management.
  • Development Workshops
    In 2018, we added a new program to our Leadership Warehouse. The Development Workshop program is designed for salary non-exempt and hourly team members in supporting corporate roles to meet their growing personal and professional needs. This past year, we offered more than 400 hours in development workshop trainings and plan to develop additional content and more training hours in 2019.

Individual Development

JBS USA also offers full tuition sponsorship for a wide array of coursework through our 10 year partnership with Colorado State University. This partnership includes Executive MBA, Online MBA, Graduate Certificate, Professional Certificate and Online Agribusiness Degree Completion programs.

“At JBS Australia, we recognize the future depends heavily on our ability to secure and develop a talented workforce. With this in mind, we offer development programs designed to support those taking their first steps in management right through to those preparing for a company executive role.”

Rob Zale
Group Organizational Development Manager, JBS Australia

JBS Australia

Senior Leaders

JBS Australia offers tailored leadership development opportunities for company executives and senior leadership. Offerings include the JBS USA Summit Program, Executive MBA programs, post-graduate individual placements, executive coaching and international secondments.

Next Generation Leaders

For senior leaders aspiring to executive roles within JBS Australia, development opportunities include an eight-month Next Generation Leaders course developed and delivered annually from Brisbane in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology, the JBS USA Summit Program, individual coaching and rotations.

Senior Supervisors

The JBS Australia Impact leadership development program prepares those at the senior supervisor level for a role as 2IC, plant manager or an equivalent support function. The program combines intensive residential experience with action learning in the workplace, including structured mentoring from nominated senior leaders.

Frontline Leaders

Still in design, the new JBS Australia Elevate program is planned to launch early in 2019. Modelled on the JBS USA People First program, Elevate supports those team members transitioning from an hourly role to a salaried position by giving them foundational leadership and management skills.

2018 Progress

Key Achievements


team members trained through our Leadership Warehouse Program


hours of training provided through our Leadership Warehouse Program


frontline supervisors trained through our People First Program


hours of training provided through our People First Program

Our programs create a culture of excellence at JBS USA and result in higher retention of graduates and higher job satisfaction among seasoned team members. In 2018, we experienced success across all leadership and development programs.

Each of our talent initiatives yielded impressive results in 2018:

  • A record $33 million investment in leadership training and development
  • A record 180,000 hours of leadership training and development programming
  • Our talent initiatives are garnering more and more attention worldwide, with applicants to our programs exceeding 2,000 in 2018
  • Our 2018 JBS USA Internship Program grew to 122 interns, and we tripled the percentage of total interns that were converted into full-time team members as either JBS USA trainees or direct hires
  • Our 2018 JBS USA Management Trainee Program on-boarded 90 trainees and enjoyed a 95 percent retention rate
  • In 2018, we graduated more than 80 percent of our 2017 JBS USA trainees into management roles at the superintendent level and above
  • Our 2018 Supervisor Development Program had an 85 percent retention rate and enjoyed turnover 12 percent below the average for managers at the same level elsewhere in the company
  • 15 JBS Australia team member leaders completed the inaugural Next Generation Leaders program in 2018
  • In 2018, 56 senior supervisors completed the JBS Australia Impact leadership development program
  • We provided academic services for:
    • 25 undergraduate degrees in agribusiness
    • 15 online MBAs
    • 3 executive MBAs
    • 200 credit hours of certificate programming
  • Even more aggressive figures budgeted for in 2019

Looking ahead, we are excited about and committed to supporting our interns’ and trainees’ growth as they start their careers in the food industry.

In 2018, through our Leadership Warehouse Program, we trained more than 9,000 team members, Summit trained 27 high-potential leaders, Strategic Leadership trained 250 mid-level managers, Leadership Fundamentals trained 230 new managers and Elective Learnings trained 567 team members. In 2018, company facilitators trained more than 10,050 frontline supervisors through our People First Program, providing more than 115,000 training hours. Through our survey analysis, we have seen improved confidence from our frontline supervisors in their ability to be effective leaders. They also have expressed that they feel more supported as leaders at JBS USA, compared to before program implementation.

We are proud of our results and will continue to look for ways to strengthen all of our team member engagement programs and efforts in 2019.