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7 Mar 2019

West Coast Maintenance Manager – California

Posted by Tara Schwartz, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #34760

The maintenance manager is responsible for ensuring that the facilities, layout and machinery used to produce new and existing materials and goods run to their maximum efficiency and output.  This includes total preventative maintenance, managing breakdowns of mechanical, electrical and robotic equipment (including software programming).  Includes people management and budgetary/cost reporting. This role will report to the Director of Operations.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

Lead the site Maintenance function in providing both a reactive and proactive, multi-skilled maintenance service on all operational equipment and facilities infrastructure.  Responsible for planned scheduling creation and overseeing the adherence and timely completion of work carried out.  Increase the site operational effectiveness, improve on project delivery, mean time between failure and downtime reduction, and manage and implement improvement plans, drive Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to.  Manage the team on technical best practice and establish standard policies and procedures whilst also mentoring and leading the department.  Implement and manage continuous improvement and modern manufacturing principals by highlighting deficiencies and recommending changes in training, working practices and processes.

 Key Responsibilities

 Strategy and Development:

  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice maintenance vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance
  • Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Maintenance activities

General and Task Management:

  • Effectively delegate any maintenance issues to be resolved on each shift and small project to the right skills in the team, planning and managing effective works
  • Adhere to daily and weekly checks to ensure smooth operation of site
  • Develop a Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) schedule, ensure full preventative maintenance is carried out, plan in missed maintenance activities, and lead the team to deliver effectively
  • Audit and ensure compliance of the engineering data systems
  • Schedule both internal and external work(s) maximizing planned downtime and reducing unplanned downtime
  • Manage the team to ensure machine availability, reactively managing dysfunctional machinery with the Shift management
  • Optimize equipment according to standard procedure, enhancing performance and product quality, ensuring the achievement of all Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Ensure routine calibration and maintenance requirements of a variety of electro-mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems are undertaken
  • Ensures that designated buildings, plant and facilities are fit to purpose and to provide proactive support/solutions when required
  • Develop clear accountability for maintenance material spend combined with a strategy to manage expenditure
  • Manage systems and equipment data storage and maintain high levels of standards and accuracy
  • Manage the process of the introduction of new machinery, plant and equipment from drawing up the specification, to managing suppliers through to full installation in collaboration with all relevant parties
  • Manage the process of disposal of obsolete machinery
  • Manage contractors on site to ensure they meet legal and company requirements
  • Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety, and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and visitors

People Management:

  • Manage, coach and develop a high performing Maintenance team that meets agreed objectives, and which delivers best practice results, added value and continuous improvements
  • Set department objectives/KPIs and review and asses ongoing performance of direct reports
  • Report on achievement of targets and identify any actions required
  • Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviors expected of them
  • Ensure the delivery of the People Strategy within area of accountability
  • Manage and lead the team, ensuring adequate staffing levels
  • Motivate and coach the team to operational success
  • Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems
  • Review, implement and update company records e.g. training matrices, performance reviews, risks assessments
  • Communicate KPIs from the strategic annual plan so that each employee is aware

Financial and Budget Control:

  • Input and hold responsibility for maintenance budgets
  • Prepare the annual Maintenance budget and forecasts (capital input)
  • Expenditure proposals as well as ensuring compliance with legal standards.  Manage the budget form identification to completion of projects

Relationship Management:

  • Work as part of the Management team to share ideas and improve operation, recommending, supporting and implanting continuous improvement activities and process and procedure improvements to optimize results and improve quality of delivery, in line with quality standards requirements delivery in line with Company and Customer requirements
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the maintenance strategy
  • Communicate with stakeholders the impact of the market change and potential effects on engineering design and development.  Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimizing cost
  • Liaise and communicate with other departments, customers, suppliers and other service providers
  • Ensure an effective interface with other departmental staff is maintained


  • Support, comply, and ensure complicity with Health & Safety regulations, the Company handbook, Quality and Environmental standards, and all other Company policies and procedures
  • Support, encourage and develop team and take ownership for team cohesion
  • Proactively contribute to creating a good team atmosphere
  • Anticipates and overcomes obstacles
  • Makes useful links to arrive at insightful plans and solutions
  • Embraces personal challenge
  • Confident, rounded thinking
  • Is self-aware
  • Is resilient, optimistic and open to change
  • Has an adult collaborative approach to others
  • A self-starter, motivated and able to positively motivate others
  • Focused and target drive with a positive, can-do attitude

Skills and Attributes:

  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage a variety of cross-functional team members
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred
  • Excellent organizational and follow-up skills
  • Competent in problem solving, and team building, planning and decision making

Qualifications and Experience Levels:

  • Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree is preferred
  • Extensive plant level experience with significant proven management experience (10 years Management experience preferred)
  • Completed a fully indentured apprenticeship with a mechanical/electrical/electronic discipline preferred
  • Technical capability and understanding
  • Understanding of Lean Manufacturing
  • Experience of managing Profit and Loss (P&L) responsibilities for maintenance
  • Knowledge and experience working with refrigeration/cooling
  • Ammonia refrigeration experience (years?)
  • Advanced knowledge and hands on experience of working with  Compac Sorter and Sizer equipment system and Giro Baggers

 Other Duties

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time or without notice.

Reasonable accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position will have supervisory oversight

Work Environment

This  job operates in a heavy industrial pack house. This role routinely uses heavy duty equipment and is required to possess the knowledge to do this safely.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing. The employee must be able to lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Please contact Tara Schwartz,

Job Categories: Engineering, Maintenance. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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