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Facility Maintenance Manager at Land O'Lakes, Inc. in Tulare, California

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Join Land O'Lakes, and you join boundless thinkers and doers from all walks of life working together to feed the world. Take pride in working with some of America's favorite brands, including Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United, Vermont Creamery and KozyShack, and more.

You'll be joining a team committed to e verything from the seeds that go into the ground, to the technology that improves crop yields and sustainability, to the grain that animals eat to produce milk, to marketing the final product, like our many legendary products.

We're looking for audacious optimists and innovative thinkers to help us meet food's toughest challenges.

Facility Maintenance Manager

The Facility Maintenance Manager provides leadership to the Tulare Powder and Butter Production, Processing and Packaging Operations Maintenance Team and closely interacts with members of the Plant Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Senior Maintenance Reliability Manager. This person is responsible to provide both strategic planning and daily direction to the team. The team consists of salaried and hourly employees.

Job Scope:

  • This position is accountable to lead, develop, and execute maintenance and reliability strategies that improve productivity while assuring highest levels of safety, quality, sanitation and regulatory compliance.

  • Manages site assets and modifications of equipment and ensures that mechanical and electrical expertise is available to production and other departments to maintain production systems, equipment, and assets as assigned.

  • This individual may work closely with engineering and plant management on development of project scope, process design, capital and expense estimates, contractor / vendor selection, equipment specifications and purchases, implementation timeline and coordination of execution plans.

  • This position supports but is not directly responsible for the operation and reliability of the plant utilities functions including ammonia and refrigeration, as well as HVAC, steam, boiler, water infrastructure and systems.

  • Supports and follows the Corporate PSM Program requirements and ensures plant maintenance compliance with all Federal, State and Local ammonia refrigeration requirements.

  • This position will also interact with the Plant Environment, Health, Safety Manager to support the Sustainability/Resource Conservation implementation plan that reflects the Company's Sustainability Vision.

  • The Facility Maintenance Manager is responsible for the people leadership and development of all direct reports and salaried staff according to Land O'Lakes Company vision and values.

  • This position is also responsible to support and execute the maintenance mechanic training program, schooling and apprenticeship program.

Experience - Education (Required):

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field and a minimum of 5+ years' experience in industrial plant with 3 plus years' experience in a leadership capacity or equivalent. OR High School Diploma and 10+ years of technical production / operations or technical maintenance experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility. OR Bachelor's degree plus 10+ years of military operations and leadership experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.

  • Knowledge and expertise with high speed and high-volume dairy or foods manufacturing processes.

  • Solid project management, manufacturing processes, utilities, facilities construction.

Competencies - Skills (Required)

  • Process Control knowledge, electrical knowledge, strong Mechanical Aptitude, familiar with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's).

  • Principles and practices of food manufacturing, including food safety, quality, manufacturing concepts.

  • CMMS / PM / Equipment and systems reliability program development and management.

  • Project management planning and oversight experience.

  • Knowledge of relevant FDA, OSHA and EPA regulations.

  • Assist process designs, equipment specifications and capital estimates for process upgrades, modifications to existing systems and installation / commissioning of new assets.

  • Provide methods, equipment recommendations and standard operating practices to optimize processes and meet product specifications.

  • Facilitate training as necessary.

  • Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead others through change.

  • Solid skills in organization, prioritizing and attention to detail.

  • Ability to select, coach, develop, engage and retain a team of employees and provide periodic feedback to ensure development.

  • Computer Skills including Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CAD, Project, and Visio.

  • Ability to manage a department operating budget.

  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills with customers (internal and external) and vendors.

  • Working knowledge of FDA and OSHA regulations, GMPs, Sanitation, and HACCP.

Experience - Education - (Preferred):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Food Processing.

  • Knowledge of ammonia refrigeration systems, process hazard analysis, process safety management.

  • Labor Relations and union experience highly desired.

Competencies - Skills (Preferred):

  • Collaborate with engineers, suppliers, contractors, and plant partners to ensure customer needs are met.

  • Encourage close teamwork between all functions (Engineering, Productions, Quality Management, etc.).

  • Continuous Improvement (CI) Processes/Lean Maintenance and TPM experience preferred.

  • Understanding of regulatory requirements for food safety.

  • Exposure with refrigeration, utilities and wastewater treatment equipment and processes.

  • Experience with Cause Mapping Analysis and Reliability Centered Maintenance Analysis.

  • Understanding of Vibration, Infrared, MLT, Ultrasonic, and Motor Circuit evaluation.

  • Experience and career history with "Fortune 500" type companies strongly desired.

  • Food/Dairy/Chemical Manufacturing Processing experience requiring the use of a PSM regulated ammonia refrigeration system with technical knowledge of refrigeration and maintenance systems, equipment. Installation/startups and plant utility equipment.


Land O'Lakes, Inc offers a competitive salary and bonus potential. The company also provides a comprehensive benefits package as well as many other companies sponsored benefits. This position is based inTulare, CA and relocation benefits are provided.

Nothing in this job description restricts the management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Job offers are contingent upon a successful drug screen and background review.

Note: This role may require off shift hours, weekend and holidays as required.

Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including pre- and post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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