Engineering and Maintenance Manager

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Hartford, CT
$120,000 - $140,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Bachelor of Science
Mar 10, 2018
Job ID
Engineering and Maintenance Manager with strategic capital project management focus

Global consumer packaged goods manufacturer seeks a hands-on Manager, Engineering & Maintenance to lead and manage all functions and activities of the Engineering and Maintenance Departments company's flagship site north of Hartford, CT.  This position will partner with key plant and corporate stakeholders to implement and drive best practices in safety, engineering, maintenance, process engineering, reliability, environmental, and technology. Engineering responsibilities include the development, implementation, and administration of the plant’s annual and long-term capital plans with support from Corporate Engineering. Maintenance responsibilities include leading and managing all activities and functions of the plant’s Maintenance Department including interfacing with maintenance staff in trouble shooting equipment and facility problems and development of site asset care/replacement plans.  

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Drives creative and breakthrough engineering and capital projects from conception to project close-out by leading the teams that plan, implement, and manage such projects. Ensures projects are completed in scope, on budget, and on time.
  • Directs the team responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repair of highly automated food processing equipment, including advanced robotics technology.
  • Partner with Suppliers to research and submit recommendations for equipment and plant systems purchases.
  • Directs and coordinates fabrication and installation activities to ensure equipment and systems conform to engineering design, and recommends design modifications to eliminate machine or systems malfunctions.
  • Provide guidance to the site Maintenance department and technical resources to drive alignment with company asset reliability initiatives and enhance the Planned, Preventative and Predictive Maintenance programs to ensure plant equipment is maintained in good operating condition.
  • Interact with plant maintenance resources and troubleshooting activities as needed to address key equipment downtime and facility problems in a timely manner
  • Assume a leadership role in Plant safety initiatives and compliance. Prepare CSC safety audit sections and lead auditors through assigned sections.
  • Tracks key performance indicators on an ongoing basis; identifies and communicates issues to senior management and implements appropriate corrective action to deliver departmental results.
  • Explains and enforces Company policies pertaining to safety, quality, and workplace conduct. Performs Contractor Safety Orientation and maintains files of insurance and other pertinent records.
  • Maintain qualified engineering and maintenance staff to support manufacturing and capital initiatives. Promote personal and professional development.
  • Partners with Plant Controller and Plant Manager to develop the AOP budget for the Engineering and Maintenance departments. Closely monitors and controls departmental costs, including labor and overtime; adjusts as necessary to meet budgetary guidelines.
  • Administer the plant's environmental programs including permitting and adherence to federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Must align engineering, maintenance, reliability, and technology initiatives with plant objectives surrounding safety, people, quality, delivery and cost across multiple sites in the region.
  • Must be able to simultaneously prioritize and execute multiple projects all of which may in different stages of development or implementation.
  • Must be able to perform complex engineering and statistical calculations to solve operating issues and to optimize production processes.
  • Participate on plant staff, steering committees, and various teams to drive strategic direction and key initiatives.
  • Must build and leverage positive, cross-functional relationships to address identified gaps and implement best practices. Must be able to lead change initiatives by developing and implementing effective communication and training programs to move the organization towards acceptance and ownership of key initiatives.
  • Work with local engineers, corporate engineering, legal representatives and environmental consultants to ensure environmental compliance.
  • Minimum education required: B.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Education desired: M.S. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Years of relevant experience: 5-8 years of leadership experience with Engineering and Maintenance in a manufacturing environment, preferably in the food processing/packaging industry.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of project management, writing capital projects, and general engineering.
  • Experience in Environmental and Process Safety Management
  • Knowledge of electrical controls, mechanical systems, packaging equipment and materials, ladder logic, P&ID's, and mechanical blueprints
  • Proficiency in Windows-based software applications (Word, Excel, Access) and ERP systems (previous SAP experience preferred).
  • Familiar with OSHA, NEC, NFPA, FM requirements and EPA regulations.