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Perdue Farms, Inc. Director of Maintenance Reliability - Prepared Division in PERRY, Georgia

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.


Lead implementation of Maintenance & Reliability processes and best practices across Perdue’s Prepared Division to drive equipment reliability and production efficiencies. Work closely with site Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and other key stakeholders to align business and division strategic reliability goals. 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 Prepared Plants (Perry, GA, Bridgewater, VA, or Monterey, TN). Relocation is required to driving distance from the facility plus 75% travel to support other assigned plants.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • 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

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field.

Experience Requirements

  • 10+ years’ experience in Engineering, Reliability, or corporate Maintenance.

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

  • Minimum 5 years’ direct management experience in an engineering, maintenance, and/or reliability environment

  • Thorough knowledge of the function and capabilities of CMMS systems. (IBM Maximo Preferred)

  • Knowledge of 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, wastewater, and fire protection systems

Experience Preferred

  • Experience in Food Industry preferred. Or any combination of experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the key responsibilities of this position.

  • 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

  • Knowledge of safety requirements and standards for food processing facilities

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

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

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

  • Certification in Lean Six Sigma ideal

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  • Position is not sedentary but requires regular movement in/out/throughout factor production areas where PAC MAC equipment is positioned.

  • Due to bagger equipment and freezers being multi-story, this position requires the ability to climbs stairs frequently and maneuver within constricted spaces to reach sections of the PAC MAC equipment that may require assessment/installation/repair.

  • Position requires ability to lift up-to 50 lbs.

  • May need to visually assess manuals, diagrams, Auto CAD drawings, etc. Work activity is 20% office, 20% within plant training facilities, 60% within further procession factory environments.

  • Position requires frequent operations of a car or travel by airplane within the US or occasionally abroad.

  • Position requires work during evenings, weekends and holidays

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.