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Maintenance Manager – Food Plant
Red Boiling Springs, TN

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$90,000 - $95,000 / yr

Global company producing ready-to-eat baby food for infants from 4 months to 3 years.  New plant, state-of-the art equipment supplying customers with a wide range of solid, organic baby food products; pouch fruits, stews, vegetable purees and baby meals.  5 lines, 3-shift, 7-day plant employing 125.




Manage, maintain, and establish maintenance procedures for production lines in a food manufacturing environment to ensure production meets or performs better than budget.


Leads the maintenance department and supervises the department team members: performance management, pay administration, promoting career development, training and coordinating technical duties.


Develops and administers plant maintenance systems and philosophies, providing efficient and effective projects and maintenance services to the plant. Analyze production breakdown and use root cause analysis to ensure productivity improvement.


Responsible for troubleshooting machinery problems and continuously monitoring electrical and mechanical devices as part of a predictive and preventive maintenance plan.


Understands and demonstrates proactive maintenance concepts and employs best maintenance practices. Define and implement PM activities.


Drives the Maintenance and Reliability initiative focused on Preventive & Predictive Maintenance, not reactive.

  • Implement and follow up maintenance KPI
  • Lead daily meeting to analyze breakdown and prioritize maintenance activity
  • Ensure budget monitoring and follow up . Participate to budget definition
  • Enforce with contractor hygiene and safety rules
  • Active contribution to site continuous improvement
  • Define and purchase spare part within budget. Ensure good inventory
  • Creates and implements strategic direction for maintenance to align with the facility’s strategic objectives.
  • Work with Department Managers to understand production schedules and priority lines.
  • Conduct studies and implement project plans to improve production efficiencies, cost reductions and reduce manufacturing costs.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule. 





10+ years’ experience in plant maintenance department with 5 years in a maintenance management role in food manufacturing (cooking, filling and/or packing lines). 

Experience in highly automated environment

Proven track-record in developing strategies to attain performance objectives along with organizational development wins.

Experience in CMMS systems ; Microsoft Office.

Budget management / Project Management.

Contractors negotiating skills.

FDA/USDA regulation experience.

GMP, CIP, Root cause, 5-why, 5s, lean methodologies

Ability to read and understand mechanical, electrical and PID  drawings, specifications, charts, tables, formulas, measuring instruments, computer and computer software application.


Salary: $90-95K, benefit package including health, dental and vision coverage (80% company paid), 401(K) 4% match, short and long-term disability coverage, company-paid life insurance, vacation, relocation assistance.

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