Continuous Improvement Manager

Perdue Farms | Milford, DE

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Posted Date 2/13/2020

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.


Leads the local organization in identifying, progressing and realizing the return with all opportunities. Identifies and investigates cost saving opportunities covering all projects and processes. Delivers measurable improvements utilizing continuous improvement strategies. Implements standard processes and appropriate actions to reduce variation and eliminate waste.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Leads the facilities Corporate Business Improvement Process by becoming a business partner with operations management, working with them to identify opportunities, develop solutions, and implement agreed to continuous improvement alternatives.
  2. Ensures deliverables support the 3-P’s. People (turnover, increased collaboration), Products (consistency in products, quality of products, reliability of service), Profitability (support the attainment of key initiatives)
  3. Gains a solid understanding of the Company’s key initiatives / accountabilities and ensures linkage of process improvement efforts with these goals.
  4. Collaborates across functions to insure consistent implementation of new, improved processes. Establishes measurable criteria to ensure desired results are obtained. Provides management with updates via tracking reports on project progress, in line with set priority and timing targets
  5. Based on projects and organizational priorities, assists with the identification of both “hard” and “soft” training needs, identifies the proper source to deliver the training, and tracks training results; conducts training on process improvement tools and develops others to become trainers
  6. Manages the project improvement tracker and assists project leaders to develop tracking mechanisms for ongoing reporting, develops and implements a follow-up process and a plant communication plan for process improvements to ensure sustainability
  7. Promotes the transformation of a reactive organizational culture to one that is more proactive, utilizing data driven decision-making, and giving priority to preventative actions.
  8. Develops and maintains partnerships with local State and Federal agencies to identify workforce training grants.

Minimum Education

BS degree or equivalent related work experience in Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, Business Management plus 8 years related experience

Experience Requirements

. Experience should include successful employment record of the implementation of continuous improvement in a manufacturing environment. Should possess knowledge of LEAN principles, Six Sigma, TQM, SPC, PIP and QIP. Additional skills and experience to include: Demonstrated willingness to promote and drive change; able to communicate and work with teams at all organizational levels from senior management to shop floor; strong communication, organization and presentation skills; ability to learn new concepts, combined with common sense and effectively apply to problem solving; combination of business, interpersonal, technical and analytical skills motivated by challenge.

Experience Preferred

Bilingual English/Spanish

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  1. Position is mostly sedentary but may require occasional moving to other offices or buildings
  2. May need to move light equipment or supplies from one place to another.
  3. May need to access files, supplies and equipment.
  4. Work activity is in an office, open-partitioned, cubicle environment.
  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 degree 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 found in poultry, food and processing plant
    • 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.

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