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Operations Management Trainee


Mount Vernon, WA, US, 98273

Req ID:  2230
Job Function:  College Recruitment (Interns/OMTS/LMTS)

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.


We are looking for future Perdue leaders to join us! the Perdue Plant/Operations Management trainee (OMT) program provides college graduates relevant experience to acquire management skills (leadership, teambuilding, interpersonal), technical skills (production management controls, operations processes, and metrics) as well as contribute to the organization through projects to improve production, reduce waste, or the like.



  • The 12 month rotational program gives you exposure to various roles within the facilities you are assigned. Learn about the various areas of Operations within the industry.
  • Travel with your OMT Class to 3 Regional Trainings that include classroom training, social activities and philanthropy events.
  • Hands-on leadership training and a path to a successful career with Perdue!
  • Permanent placement in a full time position at the end of the program.


Graduating college is an amazing achievement and Perdue recognizes that top talent is in high demand. Our total offer package includes:

  • Competitive Starting Salaries
  • Excellent Sign On Bonus
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package
  • Student Loan Repayment Program


Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Functions as a salaried member of the management team.
  2. Acquires knowledge to include admistrative functions, manpower reports, disciplinary procedures, budget, production processes and requirements while contributing ideas and recommendations for continuous improvements.
  3. Develops an understanding of the team process using the critaria: establishing commom mission/goals of all team members; providing clear role definition of team members; encourage shared accountabilities; implementing effective team procedures and processes, giving and receiving feedback, problem solving, decision making, employing coaching and effective communications; ensuring team "spirit"; and providing recognition for team accomplishments.
  4. Implements the policies of the Quality Improvement Process with the team/department.
  5. Monitors the performance of the team to ensure goals are attained and graphs results for display and presentation at briefings and/or meetings.
  6. Develops self-awareness and consistently applies best practices in communications, emotional intelligence, integrity, and exhibits other Perdue values.
  7. Rotates through various functions in fresh or cook plants which may include the Hatchery, Feed Mill, Live Production, Live Haul, Wastewater, Accounting, Human Resources, Receiving, Dressing, Evisceration, Giblet Packing, Grading, Cut Up, Stretch Bag, Deboning, 28 Degree Cooler, Box Room, Weight/Price/Label and Shipping departments.
  8. Completes projects related to cost-reduction or improved performance.
  9. Attends learning events/activities including  on-ground classes, web-based instruction, and e-learning platforms. 
Minimum Education

Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university must be completed prior to beginning their 12 month program in June 2020.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

1. May need to move light equipment or supplies from one place to another. 2. May need to access files, supplies and equipment. 3. 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.


Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett