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Perdue Farms, Inc. Director of Maintenance Reliability - East in Monterey, Tennessee

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


We are actively recruiting for a Director of Maintenance Reliability to lead implementation of Maintenance & Reliability processes and best practices across Perdue’s East Division to drive equipment reliability and production efficiencies. This person will work closely with site Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and other key stakeholders to align business and division strategic reliability goals. They will advocate, foster and champion a results-driven maintenance reliability culture that focuses on proactive maintenance at Perdue. Additionally, this role leads implementation, acceptance and adoption of CMMS practices.

This position is based out of one of our plants (Monterey, TN, Lewiston, NC, Cromwell, KY, Washington, IN). Relocation is required to driving distance from the facility plus 75% travel to support other assigned plants.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Facilitate continuous improvement of Asset Maintenance Strategies that include preventive maintenance and effective utilization of predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems

  • Support development of new Value – Add Division led reliability initiatives for implementation across PPF Plants.

  • Actively monitor asset performance and be accountable for results, reporting and updates including opportunity identification and related action plans.

  • Provide leadership and guidance in the development of the Plant Maintenance and Reliability Leaders

  • Provide leadership, training, and coaching to plant Reliability Engineers to implement initiatives at plants across PPF Division.

  • Develop input for new ideas and concepts for establishing Maintenance Best Practices Division wide.

  • Leverage the functionality and usage of the CMMS (Maximo) and develop input to enhance its ability to enable the work management process.

  • Assume responsibility for personal compliance with all safety requirements and include safe practices in all implemented processes.

  • Coordinate Improvement activities and lead assessment activities with regional and plant managers to meet the needs and priorities of the respective businesses.

  • Observe maintenance practices at plants and leverage innovative and superior ideas and practices to other businesses and plant.

  • Work with Maintenance Managers and Reliability Engineers to implement reliability initiatives within department budget.

Minimum Education and Experience

Bachelors Degree in Engineering or a related field, with at least 10 years of experience in Engineering, Reliability or Corporate Maintenance. The 10+ years of experience should include at least 5 years of direct management experience.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • 5+ years’ leading reliability initiatives with accountability over multiple facilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the function and capabilities of CMMS systems. (IBM Maximo Preferred) and world-class maintenance processes and best practices

  • Proven team leadership and project management skills; ability to influence change.

  • Effective performance management skills, such as employee skill development, establishing and measuring performance goals, designing and delivering training, and performance coaching.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills

  • Experience leading multi-site M&R improvement implementations

  • Extensive working knowledge of mechanical, electrical, HVAC, refrigeration, waste water and fire protection systems

  • Experience of ammonia refrigeration/PSM a plus, technical knowledge of refrigeration and dehumidification systems preferred

  • Ability to interpret blueprints, shop drawings, construction schedules, etc.

  • Knowledge of State and Federal codes and guidelines (mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and fire protection)

  • Knowledge of controls and automation systems and safety requirements and standards for processing facilities

  • Familiarity with MS Office (specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, AutoCAD

Preferred Education and Experience includes:

  • Experience in Food Industry

  • Maintenance and/or Reliability certification (CMRP, CRE, CPMM, CRL, CMM)

  • Certifications in Predictive maintenance technologies (Vib, IR, UL, MCA/MCSA, Oil Analysis, NDT)

  • Certification in Lean Six Sigma

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  1. May need to move light equipment or supplies from one place to another. 2. May need to access files, supplies and equipment. 3. When in a plant environment: Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces. May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity. May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db to 110 db. May be exposed to all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing facility. Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.