Manufacturing Process Engineer

Nugget Comfort

Nugget Comfort

Other Engineering
Butner, NC, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2024

Team: Manufacturing
Classification: Exempt
Job Type: Salary, Full-time
Location: Butner, North Carolina (just outside of Durham, NC)
Annual Salary: $97,200 - $106,400*


Nugget, a direct-to-consumer kids furniture brand, is looking for an experienced Manufacturing Process Engineer to help optimize assembly processes, influence change and improve standardization across the Production floor. As our company continues to grow at a rapid pace, this role will play a huge part in ensuring our team is able to produce more and more Nuggets as safely and efficiently as possible! This role will report to the Director of Manufacturing, will partner closely with our Engineering and Product Development teams, and will also be responsible for owning training and SOPs for the Manufacturing team. If you have experience in process improvement and manufacturing, are looking for the next step in your career, and you’re excited to roll up your sleeves and help get things buttoned up and super polished- we’d love for you to apply!

What is Nugget? We are an industry-leading, fun-loving, furniture company (est. 2014) that seeks to bring bold play and big imaginations into everyday life at home. We design, develop, market, manufacture, sell, and ship our part-toy, part-furniture, four-piece Nuggets all from one location, with a team of ~100 Nuggeteers, in Butner, North Carolina (just outside of Durham). And we’re just getting started — in both 2020 and 2021, Inc. Magazine named us the fastest-growing manufacturing company in the United States. We’re proud to continue the industrial legacy of North Carolina, and to make kids furniture for growing imaginations.


  • You’ll analyze production processes (streamline and automate when appropriate) using time studies, data analysis and Lean concepts
  • You’ll incorporate Lean Manufacturing methods (6S, Kaizen, visual controls, etc.) to enhance manufacturing quality, reliability, or cost-effectiveness for existing and new product lines.
  • You’ll assist in the creation and maintenance of SOP’s, utilizing a variety of training components (text, images, videos, etc)
  • You’ll be responsible for leading, developing, and facilitating training to Manufacturing and Engineering teams to ensure adherence to standards, including scheduling, identification, and implementation
  • You’ll study and record time, motion, methods, and speed involved in production to analyze and calculate labor costs, establish standard production rate, improve efficiency and identify waste.
  • You’ll evaluate and improve quality control processes; update and maintain documentation on process improvements and performance, including ongoing productivity reporting and analysis.
  • You’ll assist in developing Manufacturing process improvement goals and objectives; coordinate and champion activities to meet or exceed those goals
  • You’ll identify standard methodologies and recommend appropriate changes in process and/or approach, including project scope, timeline, and implementation
  • You will identify leading causes of downtime, through the creation of pareto charts to address highest impact issues.


  • You have 4-6 years of experience in a manufacturing environment, with a focus on assembly Process Management and optimization
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering
  • You have knowledge of at least one programming language, preferably Python and/or SQL.
    • Bonus: You have worked with Ignition software
  • You have experience leading Continuous Improvement activities, incorporating Lean concepts (Kaizen, 6S, value stream mapping)
  • You have experience analyzing data in order to generate reports and/or develop action plans
  • You have a strong understanding of the metrics that drive success, and know how to communicate performance metrics across levels of the organization
  • You take a forward-thinking, strategic approach to your work, and can anticipate and communicate future possibilities, trends, and implications accurately
  • You have strong communication skills; can write and present information in a clear, concise, organized, and relevant manner for the intended audience
  • You can build rapport and develop effective relationships across the company; positively influence others and gain buy-in
  • You actively and quickly learn through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as opportunities for future growth
  • You are skilled at thinking creatively about how to find and use available resources to solve problems effectively and efficiently
  • You are skilled at identifying the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement
  • You readily learn and adopt new technologies and innovations in your field, seeking out new technical skills, knowledge, or capabilities that can benefit you and your team
  • You approach work with a “no job is too small” attitude, and have a curious mind, always willing to learn and grow your imaginatio


  • Competitive Pay + Annual Company Bonus
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision covered at 100% for employees
  • PTO, Holidays, Summer and Winter Break
  • 401k Employer Match
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Free Nugget + Team Discount

*Our compensation philosophy:

Here at Nugget we don't negotiate compensation. This comes from research that shows negotiations often result in arbitrary differences in pay – not based on differences in ability, but based on who is better at negotiating. For that reason, we like to offer the amount upfront that we believe is fair for the job, rather than offer a lower amount that builds in the expectation for negotiating. To add a bit more context, our process is centered in industry data, which factors in our stage/size of company, job classification, experience and skill, to make sure that we have fair and transparent numbers for our regional market.

Equal opportunity:

Nugget is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, actual or presumed belonging to an ethnic group, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.