Feed Mill Management Trainee

Date:  Nov 7, 2023

Burlington, WA, US, 98233

Req ID:  70452
Job Function:  College Recruitment (Interns/OMTS/LMTS)

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 purpose of this position is to manage in a safe and quality manner the feed production and delivery operations.  To service our customers on time and assure them of a quality production.    



We are looking for future leaders to join us! We are actively seeking a hardworking, energetic, self-starter to join our Live Operations team in Burlington, WA as a Feed Mill Management Trainee. The Perdue Management Trainee is an entry level management position designed to develop talented individuals into future leaders in the company's live operations management field. The Management Trainee will be fully immersed and actively participate in all aspects of Live operations.

Expectations –In this position, you will be offered the opportunity to learn and develop skills vital for a career in Live operations.


Normal Work Schedule    -   Note:  The hours and days of work are established as needed by operations and at the direction of management and, while generally as shown below, may be changed (increased or decreased) by management as required.

  • Hours of Work: Generally  7:00 AM to 5:00 PM or as scheduled by management with a one (1) hour lunch period approximately mid shift. 
  • Overtime may be scheduled as needed and directed by management.
  • Days of Works: Normally Monday through Friday as scheduled by management and Saturday, Sunday and/or Holidays if needed by operations and approved by management.


This position has a target base salary of $68,000 - $70,000 and is eligible for comprehensive benefits, as well as relocation support, as applicable. 


Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage in a safe and quality manner the feed production and delivery operations, including the litter operation.
  • Responsible for Quality and Production requirements.
  • Service our customers on time and assure them of a quality production.
  • Oversee the feed production from receiving through field placement service.
  • Ensure that the feed produced meets nutritional guidelines and that feed is inventoried and delivered as scheduled.
  • Oversee housekeeping of the feed mill.
  • Develop operating schedule, work, and downtime schedule and conduct parts inventory.
  • Communicate daily with customers and inter-company personnel.
  • Compile and analyze production reports.
  • Interpret and communicate statistical findings to management team members.
  • Comply and follow company requirements regarding biosecurity, food safety, and poultry welfare programs and policies at all times.
  • Maintain safe working environment.
  • Establish goals and project plans; provide budget administration.
  • Act in a professional and courteous manner at all times upholding professional and positive work image for self and Perdue Farms.


All decisions related to day-to-day operations within company policy procedures.  Any decision of questionable nature would be managed together with the appropriate management. 



This position spends    50    % of a normal workweek supervising other associates.

This position spends    10    % of a normal workweek training and developing other associates.

This position spends    10    % of a normal workweek performing technical analyses and writing reports.

This position spends    30    % of a normal workweek in production or maintenance-related activities.

Experience Requirements

  • Strong, reading, math, writing, communication skills (oral and written), computer skills, analytical skills, and a statistic background
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work well within a team setting, as well as independently.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to motivate in a team atmosphere.

Experience Preferred

  • Planning – an ability to think ahead.
  • Problem Solving – ability to analyze and resolve problems at a functional level.
  • Technical Skills – knowledge of and ability to implement modern processes & techniques and quality improvement processes.
  • Customer Satisfaction – knowledge of and ability to provide a strong customer orientation.
  • Communication – ability to communicate to all levels of the organization including producers and a commitment to excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Commitment – dedication and commitment to company values.
  • Safety – ability, knowledge, and commitment to put safety of above everything else while achieving established goals.

Minimum Education

  • 3-5 years feed milling experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture related field is preferred and 0-3 years equivalent experience
  • Feed Science and Management, Agriculture, Agribusiness Management, Business Administration, Poultry Science, or Animal Science preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

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
  • Exposed to all seasonal weather conditions
  • May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity
  • Must be able to climb heights up to 120 feet
  • Must be able to operate a forklift
  • May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db. to 110 db.
  • 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.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett