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Perdue Farms, Inc. Senior Plant Ops Excellence Manager - (Breading/Batter/Cooking/Formulation) Remote with Travel in Salisbury, Maryland

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.


The Performance Improvement Team is actively recruiting for a Cooking/Breading/Batter/Formulation Specialist. The Performance Improvement Team Member will travel to identified sites and work within a cross functional, problem-solving team to proactively implement performance improvements within the prepared foods operations environment. This position interacts with facility management to identify areas of opportunity to improve operational efficiency standards in a safe manner while maintaining positive working relationships with the production team. This Performance Improvement Team Member focuses on the optimization and standardization of equipment set-up, operator training, and process checks on the front end of the prepared foods plants.

This position is remote but travel to other facilities is required.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with M&R, operations, and OEM to ensure proper equipment set-up and maintenance to include critical asset care and preventative maintenance.

  • Determine key performance indicators and monitoring frequency and coordinate with MOS team leader to integrate into MOS implementation plan.

  • Collaborate with the operations, OEM, and M&R teams to develop, implement, and execute standardized operational training and develop OPLs where appropriate across all Prepared locations.

  • Develop, implement, and execute equipment optimization audit on all critical equipment at pre-determined frequency. This PIT member should follow up with the site leadership team to ensure gap closure to get equipment back to desired state.

  • Partner with operations, R&D, QA to ensure that equipment delivers product that’s center lined within specification limits.

Minimum Education and Experience

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration/Management, Engineering, Agriculture or related discipline, plus 7-10 years of related work experience.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • At least 5-7 years of experience working or leading a Cooking, Breading, Batter and/or Formulation department.

  • Be able to travel to other facilities and plants 50% of their time.

  • Have a proven track record demonstrating ability to get results.

  • Ability to organize multiple protocols/projects and complete on schedule. Able to develop protocols and processes and deploy.

  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills at both a strategic and functional level.

  • Ability to communicate to all levels of the organization with excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  1. Position is active. On the plant floor activities such as troubleshooting and re-design of existing systems are routine. 2. May need to move equipment occasionally. 3. May need to access files, supplies and equipment. 4. Position requires an associate to have the ability to move throughout the complex and all facilities. .5. 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.