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Maintenance and Reliability Manager

Champion Foods LLC

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The Maintenance and Reliability Manager will maintain and improve performance of the company’s physical assets and control maintenance labor and material costs to achieve plant performance goals. Provide leadership for a 24/7 maintenance team with multiple work schedules. This team is comprised of a Planner, Storeroom Clerk, Maintenance Team Leads, Maintenance Technicians, and Electronics Technicians. This position requires considerable interaction with plant floor personnel, leadership team, engineering, external support, and contractors.


  • Manage the integrity and maintenance of all plant assets, including production equipment, facilities, utility equipment, and grounds.
  • Establish departmental goals that maintain focus on improving line efficiencies, product quality, and equipment reliability.
  • Strong focus on ergonomics and employee safety during both the planning and execution of capital projects.
  • Emphasis on the development and enforcement of plant safety policies related to LOTO, confined space, electrical, and other industrial safety hazards.
  • Implement predictive maintenance strategies to increase reliability and increase planned maintenance activity.
  • Support the efficient operation of the plant through effective utilization of engineering and facility maintenance resources.
  • Develop ideas and projects to reduce utility and energy costs.
  • Determine equipment capabilities for new or revised factory layouts.
  • Participate on the Food Safety and HACCP Team.
  • Develop and foster a communication network that promotes interaction between maintenance, operations, sanitation, team leaders, and managers.
  • Create a proactive work environment that involves mechanics in the planning, coordinating, and execution of work.
  • Develop expertise in the maintenance organization on all mechanical, electrical, and controls platforms.
  • Utilize the companies EAM system to maximize wrench time and improve equipment reliability.
  • Determine skills gaps in the maintenance team and develop education/training plans to close those gaps.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience with food industry standards such as HACCP, GMP, SQF, BRC
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, or similar engineering field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of increasing responsibility in plant engineering, reliability engineering, project engineering, or maintenance management in a high-speed automation process or manufacturing operation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of equipment reliability, preventive/predictive maintenance, lubrication best practices, and precision maintenance techniques.
  • Experience with PLC Programming of Allen Bradley or Similar Systems
  • Experience with SMRP, ISO 55000, TPM, or similar systems.
  • Knowledge of GMP, OSHA, EPA and other local codes & regulations.
  • Working knowledge of industrial refrigeration, HVAC, boiler, compressed air, and electrical distribution systems.
  • Must be familiar with Infor EAM or similar computerized maintenance management systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Engineering Degree from ABET- Accredited Program
  • 10+ years of Manufacturing Experience as a Reliability Engineer, Plant Engineer or Maintenance Engineer
  • CMRP or CMRT Certification
  • CIRO or CARO Certification
  • Certification under ICML
  • Experience with capital project management.

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