Industrial Engineering Subject Matter Expert - Performance Improvement Team (Remote with Travel)

Date:  Mar 27, 2024

Salisbury, MD, US, 21804

Req ID:  71780
Job Function:  Engineering

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 Industrial Engineering Subject Matter Expert on 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 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 individual focuses on all Industrial Engineering aspects within each site. Responsibilities include analyzing operations, labor optimization and standardization, designing workflows and production processes to reduce inefficiency and waste.


This position is remote but requires travel to various facilities and HQ.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities


  • Identifies areas for improvement and implements studies beneficial to improving facility efficiency.  Determines proper methods that promote conservation of product, labor, materials, costs, safety, ergonomic stresses, and equipment.
  • Analyzes operations and results of studies to develop more effective methods of operation.  Implements improvements upon management acceptance.
  • Develops and maintains standards and controls for production shrinks, yields, machine capacities, and efficiency, manning and operating strategy from raw material receipt to finished goods.  Utilizes the following techniques in the developing the engineered standards, but not limited to:  time study, work sampling, predetermined time standards and actual performance measures.  Measures productivity, audit standards and update standards as warranted.
  • Coordinates with research and development, operations management, and financial analysis, on the development and successful implementation of all new products or processes at the plant level through: Items #1 to #3 above, proper analysis of process impact, process cost, developing plant layouts and communicates associated risk and the critical control points.  Provides input to product specification, labor staffing estimates, etc.
  • Partners with the operations and engineering teams to analyze, model, evaluate, simulate, test, obtain approval, and implement plant layouts, modifications and relocations of facilities utilizing various software packages including but not limited to the following:  Excel, simulation packages and AutoCAD. 
  • Assists in the identification, selection, obtaining and installation of equipment and/or improved operating procedures for the plant.

Minimum Education and Experience

REQUIRED: BS degree in Industrial Engineering, or related discipline, plus 6 – 8 years of related work experience. Must be able to travel to other facilities and plants 50% of the time. Requires excellent planning, problem solving, analytical, oral, written, team building and negotiation skills.  Strong technical competence with computer systems and Microsoft Office suite necessary. Must have knowledge of technical equipment related to fleet safety and security. 


PREFERRED: Certifications preferences:  APICS – CPIM or CIRM

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

 Position is active.  On the floor activities such as troubleshooting and re-design of existing systems are routine.  May need to move equipment occasionally.  May need to access files, supplies and equipment.  Work activity is where the processing equipment is located.  Work environment includes, but is not limited to, a normal office environment and construction site as well as climate extremes found in a poultry processing operation, feed mill, hatchery and a waste water treatment facility. Position requires an associate to have the ability to move throughout the complex and all facilities. 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. Must be able to work in confined and or permit required confined spaces and heights. Must be able to work on and or around operating equipment. Must be trained and use Lockout/Tagout

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.

Nearest Major Market: Salisbury