Maintenance Manager

Coopersville, MI
Full Time

About fairlife, LLC

Job details

fairlife, LLC is a Chicago-based dairy company that produces nourishing and great-tasting milk-based products made using a patented cold-filtration process that removes some natural sugars while concentrating the protein and calcium naturally found in real cows’ milk.

Our line of delicious, lactose-free fairlife® products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, which has 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk; fairlife® with DHA, ultra-filtered milk with DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain health; fairlife YUP!®, a line of flavored milks; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports nutrition drink to support post-workout recovery; fairlife® nutrition plan™, a nutrition shake to support one’s journey to better health; and the newly launched fairlife® creamers, coffee creamers designed to help enhance your coffee experience; and the newly launched fairlife® Light Ice Cream, a line of creamy, frozen desserts. In partnership with The Coca-Cola Company®, fairlife ultra-filtered milk and Core Power high protein shakes are distributed throughout the United States (U.S.) and Canada; all other fairlife products are available in the U.S.

To learn more about fairlife and its collection of products, please visit fairlife.com.

job purpose:

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for overseeing the facility and equipment maintenance including all utilities, process and packaging equipment, parts procurement, planning, automation, and department budget.  The individual will possess a strong technical background and proven history to lead a talented group of supervisors, mechanics, ICT, engineers, planner and parts procurement. 

responsibilities:

  • Responsible to maintain and repair all production equipment
  • Responsible to maintain and repair all support equipment: boilers, chillers, cooling towers, air-compressors, HVAC equipment, wastewater systems, etc.
  • Utilize predictive maintenance reports to prevent critical failures: condition monitoring, ultrasonic and vibration analysis, thermal imaging, etc.
  • Manage all aspects of the plant CMMS system and calibration system for tracking, documentation and planning
  • Documentation of all schematic, diagram changes, and PLC programming documentation changes to keep plant records current.
  • Perform risk assessment of critical spare parts and manage inventory to appropriate levels
  • Responsible for all regulatory utility records and annual services: backflow prevention, boiler inspections, transformer oil sampling, steam trap audits and chemical record retention
  • Oversee the department budget utilizing data analysis to study part turns, obsolete parts, min/max values and propose new solutions to manage inventory
  • Manage critical tasks and projects via weekly CI/strategic campaign meetings
  • Source and work closely with vendors for projects, tasks and emergency repairs
  • Must be able to use plant resources to troubleshoot issues: Tetra-pak PlantMaster, PowerBi, BMS, RsLogix5000, etc.
  • Suggest new strategies on how to track downtime and implement solutions to prevent and eliminate downtime
  • Purchasing and Purchase Order control via NetSuite’s:  Understanding department general ledger accounts, categories and working close with the Plant Controller/Finance Department
  • Develop department SME’s and create new roles within the department
  • Request, review and maintain vendor contracts
  • Work close with other departments on RCA/CA strategies requiring thorough documentation in Quality Control platform
  • Maintain critical regulatory instrument calibrations in CompuCal
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

skills/qualifications required:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must work in a safe and efficient manner and follow all safety procedures including the use of safety equipment.
  • Must have a working knowledge of all steam, electrical, refrigeration and mechanical equipment, including the use of welding, gas, electrical and heliarc equipment in the plant.
  • Must have the ability to troubleshoot problems and be persistent until a solution is found.
  • Must be willing to ask for assistance when the process is unclear.
  • Must possess or be able to acquire a forklift operator license.

A Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering discipline preferred – may substitute 10 years of experience in a production setting involving consumer packaging goods, electronics, instrumentation, refrigeration, electrical, and general mechanical with at least five years of supervisory experience.

working conditions and physical requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sitting/Standing/Walking: The Maintenance Manager during the course of an 8-hour workday will do all three. He/she will walk several hundred feet over uneven surfaces checking buildings and machines for needed repairs.

Lifting/Carrying: The Maintenance Manager lifts up to 55 pounds on a frequent basis and 80 pounds on an occasional basis.

Pushing/Pulling: The Maintenance Manager frequently pushes/pulls while using mechanic tools and equipment.

Bending/Stooping: Both are done regularly during the course of a workday.

Squatting/Kneeling/Crawling: Squatting and kneeling are done frequently. Crawling is done occasionally.

Twisting/Turning: Frequent twisting and kneeling are done while doing regular maintenance duties.

Climbing/Balancing: Some vertical ladder climbing required. Balancing on ladders and machinery required while doing maintenance and installation of equipment.

Reaching: Frequently reaching from floor level to shoulder level done during 8-hour workday.

Grasping/Manipulating: Frequent use of hands and fingers while using hand tools and positioning of machine parts.

food safety requirements:

  • Responsible for maintaining critical control points, aseptic requirements and regulatory standards at all times. Responsible for implementing corrective actions and necessary changes after a possible nonconformance or product deviation.
  • Accountable for 3rd party Food Safety and GMP audits/results as well as internal Quality and Food Safety programs.
  • Perform all duties necessary to meet Company, Customer and/or Government requirements/standards as prioritized by the Company.
  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the product, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Identify and record any problems relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the ingredients, processes, quality system, or safety system.

position location: Coopersville, MI

reports to: Plant Manager

travel requirements: Less than 5%

exempt/nonexempt: Exempt

fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected].

Why fairlife



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  • "In my career, finding an organization that’s growing their core business at an exceptional pace, innovating for the future and having fun with good people while doing it is the holy grail, and fairlife has it. "
    Norm Baker
    Finance Director
  • “I absolutely love working for fairlife because of the positive values they have! In my time here I have been given many opportunities to move up within the plant and am treated as part of the family.”
    Nurul Yaminudin
    Warehouse Supervisor
  • “Over the past 7 years, I have had the opportunity to grow from a Processing Operator to my current position as a Packaging Coordinator. fairlife believes in better and shows it by caring for their employees while offering competitive pay and career advancement opportunities.”
    Leonarda Roma
    Packaging Coordinator
  • “First impressions are very important, and I felt very welcomed the first day I started training. The staff at the Coopersville facility made me feel like I was a valuable addition to the fairlife team."
    Chuck Passenier
    Warehouse Associate
  • "While our portfolio of brands is amazing, the people I work with every day is what I love. We operate small and big. We challenge the industry norms. We run when everyone else walks. It’s a dynamic culture."
    Nina Johnson
    Sr. Director, Strategic Revenue Growth Management
  • "I love that we're providing a healthy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant. I have family members who are lactose intolerant; I feel like I am doing a service to them!"
    Carlton Kirkpatrick
    Warehouse Associate
  • "It’s a place where I’ve grown and learned a lot, giving me the ability to move into my role as a Packaging Technician. The people here are positively great teammates and the heart of what makes fairlife the place it is."
    Katie Sanger
    Packaging Technician
  • “The pace at which we move here is invigorating! I can catch someone in the hall, share an idea, and three days later they will show back up to share how we could do it. It’s thrilling!”
    Perri Gordon
    Director of Marketing
  • “fairlife is fast-paced, exciting, and growing quickly! This company is all in on innovation, and the support I’ve gotten for my own ideas has been incredible. We truly live out our credo of better values.”
    Lauren Knight
    Communications Manager

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fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected]