Job Information


Position Title: Jr. Industrial Engineer

Location: Plainwell, MI


The primary responsibility of this role is to develop, implement and improve cost effective manufacturing processes to obtain maximum efficiencies and throughput.


  • Develops, installs and maintains cost-effective methods of manufacturing and fair and equitable labor standards using predetermined time standard software

  • Selects appropriate work measurement techniques

  • Measures variances to standards, identifies out of control variances, investigates reasons, and suggests solutions, installs, and follows up

  • Keeps tally of the method changes reducing cost of production and strives for budgeted goal

  • Complete daily labor efficiency report

  • Keeps abreast to the trend of technology, investigates & installs most effective methods of manufacturing to keep company at competitive advantage at all times

  • Upholds working relationship with local union

· Drive the use of processes throughout the business. Be a lead in process map training and drive the culture of continuous process improvement.

· Assist in financial planning and cost analysis. (labor reporting and cost to produce analysis)

  • Participates in initiation of new production lines to assist in design for cost-effective manufacturing

  • Prepares detailed layouts of plant facilities to optimize utilization and product flow

  • Attend meetings as needed or called

· Must be willing to travel to production facilities as needed, approximately 25%.

  • Perform various other duties as needed or as assigned


  • Frequent communication with all plant departments

  • Organized and detail oriented

  • Manage priorities and dynamic deadlines

  • Efficient time management and ability to work under pressure

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Must demonstrate strong analytical and math skills

· Intermediate ability in Microsoft Office products, specifically Microsoft Excel

  • Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels

· First shift, flexible as required, Weekend hours as needed

· Trustworthy – will be handling confidential material

· Self-starter, team player

· Must be willing to relocate


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Engineering, Business or related field

  • Knowledge of food industry beneficial

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

  • Benefits : Vision, Medical, and Dental coverage begin after 60 days of employment;

  • Paid Time Off : sick leave, vacation, and 6 company observed holidays;

  • 401(k): company match begins after the first year of service and follows the company vesting schedule;

  • Incentive Pay: This position is eligible to participate in the Company’s annual bonus plan, the amount of bonus varies and is subject to the standard terms and conditions of the incentive program;

For individuals assigned and/or hired to work in Plainwell, JBS and Pilgrim’s is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. This compensation range is specific to the State of Michigan and takes into account various factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to a candidate’s relevant experience, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiencies for the role.

The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct a drug, alcohol, and background check for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. It is a job expectation that all new employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who have, at minimum, the first of a two-dose vaccine in advance of their first date of employment will be required as a condition of continuing employment to receive the second dose within the manufacturers recommend timeframe and submit proof of their final vaccination dose once obtained. If you need assistance in obtaining a vaccine, the Company can help schedule you with one of its healthcare partners following a conditional job offer, if one is made. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

About us: JBS USA is a leading global provider of diversified, high-quality food products, including a portfolio of well-recognized brands and innovative, easy-to-use food solutions. We process, prepare, package and deliver fresh and value-added premium meat, poultry and retail-ready food products for customers in approximately 100 countries on six continents. We are also the majority shareholder of Pilgrim’s, the largest poultry company in North America. JBS USA employs more than 100,000 team members, and our office is located in Plainwell, Michigan where we employ our 1,400 team members onsite.

Our mission: To be the best in all that we do, completely focused on our business, ensuring the best products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers, profitability for our shareholders and the opportunity of a better future for all of our team members.

Our core values are: Availability, Determination, Discipline, Humility, Ownership, Simplicity, Sincerity