Engineering and Maintenance Manager - Aurora, MO

The Engineering and Maintenance Manager is responsible to maintain all process and production equipment, powered industrial trucks, and facilities for safe and efficient operations of the factory; and, is responsible manage the maintenance staff, the local engineering staff, facility projects, and outside contractors as necessary for the safe and efficient operations of a 24/7 food production facility. This position reports to the Director of Operations, with matrix reporting to the Senior Director, Global Engineering for strategic capital deployment initiatives and projects, and serves as a member of the on-site management team.

Job functions include -

  • Ensuring that all functions are performed with employee and contractor safety as the number one priority.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and supervision for the Engineering and Maintenance team
  • Manage and maintain plant maintenance and engineering departmental budgets.
  • Responsible for the development of the plant capital and expense plans and implements projects accordingly, or partners with corporate engineering staff for efficient project implementation. Project activities will include initial economic analysis, design and engineering, feasibility planning, equipment sourcing, capital appropriation development, and execution of the project including equipment purchase, coordination and supervision of installation, project cost tracking and control, equipment/system start-up, personnel training, and system documentation.
  • Provides technical support to the plant as required including safety, quality, reliability or other areas as needed.
  • Resolves problems using solutions that involve new techniques, technologies, or concepts.
  • Provides direction and example for interpretation and application of company policies and procedures to the maintenance and engineering activities of the plant.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of new technologies which may improve operations, and develops recommendations accordingly.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure plant safety and a safe environment and culture for all plant associates.
  • Provides direction for and application of company policies and procedures for the plant engineering and maintenance activities.
  • Responsible to develop and execute preventative maintenance program in conjunction with support staff and personnel, including maintaining the spare parts inventory.
  • Develop line/equipment layouts, develop system/equipment costs, benchmarking of standards. Evaluate alternative options and recommending “best case” scenarios.
  • Ordering equipment and coordinating installation; Startup of equipment/systems and assessment of performance versus projected benefit(s).
  • Provide technical troubleshooting as required to support ongoing plant operations.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Leadership skills necessary to provide effective performance management of the engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Professional skills and competencies necessary to recruit and hire highly qualified and capable staff for the engineering and maintenance department.
  • Financial skills necessary to manage large budgets and projects.
  • Interpersonal and communications skills necessary to engage in and deliver meaningful and constructive communications across a wide range of audiences.
  • Computer skills should include but not limited to: MS Office products, Visio, MS Project, MMS systems, ERP systems, Understanding of basic networking principles and set ups, Understanding of Controls Systems and basic ladder logic principles, AutoCAD.
  • Operator skills to operate a variety of Powered Industrial Trucks, and a familiarity with equipment operation.
  • Technical writing skills and skills in the presentation of technical information, for effective delivery of complex information.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles necessary to serve as a resource on any maintenance or engineering initiative taking place in the work environment, including troubleshooting of equipment and systems.
  • Knowledge of codes, standards, and regulations necessary to ensure compliance with all maintenance and engineering activity.
  • Knowledge of equipment common to liquid and spray drying food processing facilities.

Accountabilities include:

  • Supervision of the Engineering & Maintenance team, including direct and indirect reports.
  • Engineering and maintenance budget for the facility, including routine and non-routine capital as needed to support operations.

Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Six (6) to eight (8) years related experience or training.
  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university. Major(s): Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, or related engineering discipline.

Additional Requirements:

  • Travel required: Up to 10%, domestic and international
  • Schedule requirements: Typical schedule is Monday – Friday, day shift, but this position is expected to be available to work off-shift hours, including evenings or weekends as required to support a 24/7 manufacturing operation. This role is also expected to be on-call and available for unexpected after-hours engineering and maintenance needs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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