Management Trainee - Production Operations

at Butterball in Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Management Trainee - Production Operations

Butterball, LLC, one of America's most iconic brands, helps consumers celebrate Thanksgiving, bringing delicious turkeys to tables around the world. We are a vertically integrated company, which simply means we start with our farms and end at our consumers' table. Located in the thriving Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, our business model gives us the opportunity to provide a diverse array of career opportunities and paths which include our farms, processing facilities and support offices. At Butterball, we aim to provide great-tasting foods that inspire joyful experiences and bring people together.

The Management Trainee - Production Operations program is meant to be an entry level, developmental supervisory position available to new college graduates. The program will prepare trainees to take on frontline leadership and manage a line or area in a Butterball food processing facility to produce our products safely and consistently within quality specifications. This program includes hands-on rotations throughout all the location's business sectors and is designed to give you real-world leadership experience and a thorough understanding of how each sector functions to support the overall production strategy of the location.

What you will do:

Projects- Challenging goals with metrics that impact our bottom line. Your goals will tie directly into department/plant objectives.

Leadership Training- Participate in multiple leadership development sessions at our corporate headquarters in Garner, NC and virtually.

Rotations-You will spend time learning and working in every business sector of your location. These rotations are designed to give you hands-on knowledge of what positions, equipment, and materials are involved in each specific production process.

Responsibilities- Understanding how production supervisors manage their team, assisting to meet volume goals, maximize yields, and minimize claims. These responsibilities are accomplished all while ensuring employees follow quality and safety standards.

Innovation- Seeking continuous improvements in operation processes and procedures.

What you already have:

Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Poultry, Animal or Food Science or related field.

Completion of at least one leadership course as part of their collegiate curriculum

1 summer internships or co-op experience or equivalent work experience

Proficiency in math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages)

Experience in poultry/meat food manufacturing (preferred but not required)

Background in agriculture or farming (preferred but not required)

Has actively participated or held office in a campus or community organization (preferred but not required)

Exposure to lean and or lean Six Sigma practices (preferred but not required)

Bilingual English and Spanish (preferred but not required)


Production facilities in: AR, MO, NC

The applicant who fills this position will be eligible for the following compensation and benefits:

Benefits: Vision, Medical, and Dental coverage begin after meeting eligibility requirements.

Paid Time Off: vacation and 8 company observed holidays.

401(k): Contributions can start on the first day of the month following completion of 90 consecutive days of service.

Competitive base salary


Butterball, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the fair and impartial treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without regard to gender, age, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, or any other status protected by law.

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Job Posting: 3102707

Posted On: Oct 23, 2021

Updated On: Nov 22, 2021