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Perdue Farms, Inc. Continuous Improvement Manager in Prince George, Virginia

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's 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 Continuous Improvement Manager to be based at our Prince George, VA facility. This individual drives measurable results through facilitation and leadership of the Continuous Improvement Model. This role leads the process of engaging and empowering team members to identify, understand, and implement sustainable process improvements.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Becomes a business partner with operations & functional management, to identify opportunities, utilizes systematic problem solving (including Root Cause Analysis, Kaizens and DMAIC methodology) to eliminate/reduce losses while focusing on People-Process-Data to obtain measurable and sustainable results.

  • Provides management with updates via tracking reports on project progress, in line with set priority and timing targets.

  • Delivers effective Continuous Improvement training courses (LEAN Training, Belt training, etc.) and programs to help increase team capability and awareness of the Continuous Improvement tools. The training should be tailored to meet organizational needs and priorities.

  • Facilitates Kaizen and Improvement events in which we effectively build and lead focused and empowered teams to address systemic problems.

  • Manages the project improvement tracking and assist project leaders to develop tracking mechanisms for ongoing reporting. Develops follow-up processes for completed projects to ensure sustainability.

  • Develops and implements a plant communication plan for process improvement efforts.

  • Utilizes Lean, Six Sigma techniques and CI tools to lead the organization in data based decision making, and driving actions to generate measurable improvements.

  • Promotes the transformation from a reactive organizational culture to one that is more preventative and predictable, utilizing data driven decision-making, sustainable actions and the Continuous Improvement tools.

  • Develops and participates in Rewards and Recognition programs to promote the use of Continuous improvement and recognizing team successes

  • Ensures deliverables support the 4-P’s. People (Safety, Retention, Increased Engagement and Empowerment), Products (consistency in products, quality of products, reliability of service), Profitability (support the attainment of key initiatives and improved competitive results), Planet (support the green initiatives)

  • Gains a solid understanding of the Company’s key initiatives, competitive priorities, accountabilities and ensures linkage of continuous improvement efforts with these goals.

Minimum Education

BS degree or equivalent related work experience. Degrees in Engineering, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain are preferred but all majors will be considered.

Experience Requirements

  • 0-3 years of experience.

  • Should possess knowledge of LEAN principles, Problem Solving Tools (RCA, DMAIC), Six Sigma, TQM, SPC, PIP and QIP.

  • Combination of business, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills

  • Self-starter and motivated by challenge

  • Strong sense of teamwork with high level of individual contribution

  • Ability to learn new concepts, combine with common sense, and effectively apply to problem solving

  • Strong communication, organization, and presentation skills

  • Able to communicate and work with teams at all organizational levels from Senior management to shopfloor

  • Willingness to promote and drive change

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel

  • Ability to support all Shift (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) on Continuous Improvement initiatives.

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.