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Maintenance Manager


Location: St. Joseph, MO 

Exemption: Exempt 

Shift: First 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Oversees and coordinates all major repairs and/or changes to the facility and/or equipment, including installation, repair and maintaining facility and equipment. Assists in implementation of all capital projects and works with plant engineer as needed. Manages the preventative maintenance and repairs to ensure maximum equipment efficiency.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares annual maintenance budget using analysis reports from Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system, capital project plans and input from plant engineer and plant manager with regards to future projects and growth
  • Manage daily activities of the maintenance employees, provides development support and training as needed. Develop and implement plans/programs to improve knowledge and training of all maintenance personnel. Maintains rigorous standards for each position in the maintenance function and holds staff responsible for achieving and maintaining those standards including safety
  • Effectively uses all existing maintenance systems and JD Edwards - EAM computer software to manage core maintenance transactions. Works to keep system documentation current and recommends any value added changes as needed
  • Receives, reviews and analyzes the monthly PM, CM and EM activities against downtime report to determine how to improve equipment uptime and efficiencies
  • Maintains an effective maintenance library of SOPs, vendor manuals, process flows and other documentation required for key maintenance activities and equipment. These documents are edited annually
  • Works with engineering manager, plant manager, and headquarter’s engineering staff as needed for successful implementation of capital projects
  • Manage department overtime and other costs to budget
  • Comply with and enforce all safety and other company policies and procedures as required.  Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Travel may be required

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management or equivalent experience.
  • 5-10 years of experience in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management.
  • Supervisory and/or managerial experience in a food processing environment preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 5%.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of power transmission, hydraulics, pneumatics, refrigeration, ammonia and HVAC
  • Knowledgeable in electrical systems and have experience in developing and implementing SOPs
  • Knowledge of plant operations, team building and supervisor development
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with ability to resolve problems
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access and an ability to learn other computer-based tools such as CMMS systems
  • Knowledge of food processing equipment is preferred


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Kansas City

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