Operations Performance Management Development
Davenport, IA
January 23, 2017
Position Type:
Full Time
It’s at your very core as an engineering brain – your ability to think in ways most can’t, and take on the challenges most won’t. It’s people like you who have joined our Purina family at all career levels and developed Tidy Cats Lightweight®, the cat litter champion of the world. People like you who first engineered extruded dry dog food and built patented, customized machinery in each of our factories. 

Joining Purina as an Operations Performance Engineer at the entry level means joining our factory family to play a key role in managing and executing continuous improvement projects that impact the larger business. Through a well-designed rotation across our various factory functions within your first 12-18 months, you’ll experience information systems, quality assurance, supply chain, accounting and human resources, production, R&D engineering and engineering management to understand how each of these areas interact with the operations work that you’ll do. Following the rotational portion of the program, you’ll manage critical continuous improvement projects using a sophisticated model we call NCE (Nestlé Continuous Excellence).

Why engineering with us versus somewhere else? Taking the operations performance path of our Management Development Program is a full-time, entry-level position that’s a fast track to management on the manufacturing side of our business. You’re the future leader of our business.

Not sure if this is a fit for you? Need additional information? Have some questions you still need answered? Apply anyway! Give us the chance to get to know you and help determine if this is the right career path for you at Purina. Working together, #WeStandTaller.

Note: This position does not provide sponsorship for employment status (e.g. H-1B, OPT, visa status). You must have the legal right to work in the United States now and in the future.

* Military veterans, we are proud of our military veteran associates and do consider military experience. Having obtained E-4 level or above is preferred for this role, but is not required. Please apply for full consideration.

Conduct capacity, line and labor studies to identify opportunities for further improvement or capital investment through the use of tracking loss analysis, IPA, loss tree analysis and other tools
Use problem solving tools to provide support for factory key performance indicators (KPIs), line reliability and other measures
Coach, train and asses the factory in goal alignment concepts and strategies

Perform all other duties as assigned
B.S. in Engineering or expected to attain by June 2017
Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Must be conscientious with high cognitive ability and possess initiative, responsibility, leadership potential and a strong work ethic. Must be willing to relocate to a Nestlé Purina location upon completion of the program

*PLUSES: Military experience, prior co-op or practicum experience; manufacturing experience; student organization or other leadership experience

Davenport, IA; Crete, NE; Bloomfield, MO

A little about us:
We aim to make discoveries that better the lives of pets everywhere through the highest-quality production of pet food, snacks and litter. Pets are our passion. Safety is our promise. Progress is our pledge.

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