Oct 25, 2022

Maintenance Manager

$93,429 - $158,829 yearly
  • Post Consumer Brands
  • Battle Creek, MI, USA
Full-time Management - Engineering Management - Maintenance Management - Operations

Job Description


This position is responsible for driving progressive maintenance processes that are predictive, preventive and planned work practices that maximize mechanical reliability.  Has direct responsibility for the production equipment, utilities, and building structures.  Support, implement, and maintain food safety, food safety culture, and quality practices as required through SQF.   


  • Manage the Maintenance and Utilities Department based on a preventive maintenance strategy to maintain all equipment, facilities, and systems in a safe and efficient working condition while achieving an accident free work place and meeting all food safety and quality standards.
  • Provide leadership that optimizes the talent contribution of a of multi-skilled, technician team. Manage the hiring, selection, and training of personnel to ensure personnel are qualified to perform the work effectively and safely.
  • Responsible for an effective maintenance parts & supplies procurement and inventory program that achieves reliability and cost objectives.
  • Manage and administer the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems, gas fired industrial boilers, Ammonia/glycol systems.
  • Create and maintain training programs that promote and sustain a high degree of technical knowledge of equipment and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Maintain visibility to key performance indicators necessary to demonstrate the connection between Maintenance activities and production line reliability and cost
  • Prepare and manage departmental budgets and plans; prepare and manage annual and long range Maintenance and Utilities strategies.
  • Assure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local codes.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with peers in Operations Management to ensure optimum use of resources, budgets, priorities and schedules for maintenance of site and building while optimizing production.
  • Plan for and provide a work environment that allows and encourages participation, fosters good employee relations, and creates development opportunities.
  • Develop strong work control processes in accordance with recognized best practice maintenance behaviors.
  • Drive consistent, universal use of Computerized Maintenance Management System for al maintenance work at a high level of detail and accuracy.
  • Support and grow Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) model for developing long term asset care plans for critical process equipment.

Education:  4 year Bachelors Degree required (Engineering degree preferred). Working knowledge of multi-discipline fields of maintenance, plant engineering, and manufacturing. 

Experience:  10+ years experience with increasing responsibilities in maintenance, engineering, or production; including 8 years supervisory experience.  Experience in both self directed work teams and autonomous maintenance preferred.  Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) preferred or ability to achieve certification within 12 months.  Previous experience in the food industry is desirable.

Skills:  Balance of technical, maintenance, human relations, and conceptual skills.  Strong communication skills with the ability to act as both a strategic and tactical leader.  Able to evaluate alternatives, establish priorities, and formulate decisions that affect all aspects of the operation.  Able to establish clear support for long term best practice behaviors while recognizing the short term need to bring others with you on the vision of a highly reliable operation.

Management Skills:  Able to hire, plan, listen, organize, set department objectives, interpret, provide work direction, coach, counsel, train and conduct performance reviews. Ability to influence others indirectly, team members, peers and support resources. A leader by behavior and action. Strong business acumen with the ability to see larger business objective and translate into functional strategies and tactics.



Internal - Works with all levels of employees to solve problems, coordinate department activities and decisions and exchange information.

External - Works with vendors/suppliers, inspectors, customers and consultants.

Problem Solving:

    1. Must solve technical problems, find solutions to crises, and plan to minimize crises. 
    2. Must be able to understand impact of decisions and policies within and beyond immediate work group.
    3. Develop and implement a proactive engineering and maintenance support strategy focused on increasing equipment reliability and proven uptime.

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