Cott Beverages - Concordville, PA

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The target Maintenance Supervisor candidate is responsible for the leadership of the engineering and maintenance functions and ensuring proper preventive maintenance of physical plant and all operating equipment, electrical troubleshooting, minimizing equipment downtime to provide maximum production capacity, and compliance with all Food Safety (FDA/HACCP) and OSHA regulations. Additionally, manage the maintenance team to keep function within budget and properly staffed. The leadership of maintenance activities will also include the facilitation of plant-wide continuous improvement and safety program activities.
  • MAINTENANCE - Must constantly focus on improving line performance, limiting downtime, improving changeover time on all lines. Must correct issues permanently, and not just until they occur again. Ensure mechanical knowledge is passed on to all techs and operators as needed. Ensure appropriate operations/maintenance “handshakes" (constructive communication), PM program adherence, training/knowledge sharing. Communicate and redirect maintenance efforts to meet quality and productivity goals.
    • Continuously improve manufacturing processes in terms of quality and performance measurements, and identifying and eliminating troublesome areas.
    • Seek to ensure reliability of plant and equipment operation while optimizing maintenance and operation costs and satisfying all safety, environmental etc regulations in the process.
    • Devise hands-on improvement processes to reduce scrap and defects while improving document SOP's and the implementation of Best Practices into the facility by utilizing engineering and maintenance techniques.
    • Leadership role for project initiatives aimed at reducing down time, improving reliability, conserving energy, and upgrading equipment.
    • Oversee the maintenance of the equipment and the facility to ensure the company receives maximum utilization of its assets.
    • Recommend, design, document, troubleshoot and lead the launch of new products and processes from an engineering perspective.
    • Coordinate the installation of new equipment to maximize production efficiency and maintainability.
    • Work with production to make modifications to equipment and work areas for maximum efficiency of operation.
    • Maintain a knowledge base in the capacity of existing utilities and the current level of utilization.
    • Ensure that systems are in place & followed to maintain reliability of the equipment & processes.
    • Identify and solve safety concerns encountered during design and study of manufacturing processes.
    • Keep written documentation of environmental compliance current
    • Have an understanding of SQF, responsible for Food Safety /Food Quality and the responsibility to take action when notified or becomes aware of any Food Safety or Food Quality issue.
    • Work with plant leadership to create and facilitate continuous improvement teams that keep our facility and associates on the cutting edge of the latest safety, environmental and other regulatory changes for our industry.

  • LEADERSHIP - Demonstrate leadership and strong people interactions skills and practices. Address difficult issues with employees, push back on people issues when needed, listen to people and react to their concerns, be objective and listen to all sides of an issue, reward people for job well done, have the ability to positively say no when needed. Focus on training and developing people including cross training. Delegate work to develop employees who show potential to progress.
    • Manage people to ensure all are performing to expectations and optimizing their contributions.
    • Encourage an environment of idea generation, not complaints. Handle complaints as they arise and develop solutions quickly. Must communicate clearly with team what is expected.
    • Employ lean manufacturing practices- ensure the utilization of OT is financially benefitting the plant operations.
    • Continual monitoring and updating of SOP’s as needed.
    • Hold people accountable. Monitor people’s performance and address inefficiencies thru coaching and positive motivation and/or formal disciplinary action if required.
    • The effective supervisor will develop a system to ensure responsibilities are met and then ensure people do what they are supposed to do. Follow up and develop improvement plans when required.
    • Build upon experts. Develop employees to the “expert level" of there are of responsibility.
    • Complete weekly evaluation of employees in training to keep all on track and aware of where they need to improve. Document expert knowledge and develop training program around that information. Track effectiveness of training thru weekly evaluation form.
    • Ensure the maintenance department is 100% supportive of production activities, including break relief, start-up and shut down support. Keep the shop as a place of work, not refuge.

  • ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNICATION - Develop and deliver effective briefs, reports, meetings. Be direct and concise but, professional.
    • Attend all inter-department meetings each day to coordinate plans, complete any required safety items, cross train employees, ensure GMP and SQF compliance,
    • Know what is important to share and utilize in daily briefs to communicate to employees. Over communicate details and specifics, insuring all employees know the plan for the day and what is expected.
    • Communicate objectives with all departments, respond to employee requests in a timely manner
    • Complete administrative work for payroll/people dept. timely, monitor new hires closely using the evaluation form, gather ideas from CI meetings.
    • Develop solutions and report back to affected groups on effectiveness of solutions.
    • Administer and facilitate Continuous Improvement teams that focus on better use of company resources, time and assets.
    • Employ the techniques of lean manufacturing, including Kaizen, process mapping, Fishbone diagrams, and 5s (and others). Learn these techniques and teach them to your staff.


  • Perform an evaluation of the employees that report to the manager so that a training plan can be created if necessary. In addition get an understanding of their personalities.
  • Learn the strengths and weakness of each person within the department.
  • Obtain exposure to all three shifts for observation and the willingness to come in on weekends to observe the department in an overtime situation and the interaction each mechanic has with the other mechanics that they would not normally work with on a day to day basis.
  • Hold them accountable.
  • Understand the equipment and support systems (ie, water plan, ammonia system, etc.). Review the state of the equipment; rebuild schedule, and vendor support.
  • Review the work order and preventative maintenance systems. For effectiveness of programs. Also ensure that the preventative system supports plant.
  • Utilize the support of the plant’s Human Resources Manager for support in the maintenance department’s people development and training.
  • You must be open-minded to constructive criticism from your leaders, peers, and direct-reports. Welcome and encourage the exchange of ideas- both professional and personal.

  • Convert technical skills into results:

  • An in-depth understanding of all process within the plant production environment. This would be a daily requirement so that the correct decisions would be made in the best interest of the production operation
  • An understanding of the basic mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical and PLC basics. This would be needed to assist the mechanics in the execution of their day to day performance and to offer improvement/training to enhance the skill sets.
  • An understanding of CMMS, Computerized Maintenance Management System, so that the day- to- day department business is executed at a high level of proficiency.

  • Understand Team skills:

  • This person would be involved with the day- to- day managing of the PM program, machine repairs and overhauls.
  • Capital projects will require partnering with Corporate Engineers, plant controller and vendors as necessary for each project.
  • This person would be supervising/managing up to 8 individual mechanics across two shifts on a 7 day operation
  • Interface with everyone within the facility from the Plant Manager, department managers, supervisors to the line employees.

  • Understand long-term planning and strategy issues:

  • Execution of Capital Projects on time and on budget.
  • Execution of the PM program and work order system per company guidelines
  • Managing of the maintenance R&M budget by line item.
  • Annual generation of the following year’s budget.
  • Plan for the next quarter: tasks, manpower, and financial.

  • Benchmarking the Best:

  • Effectively plan and organize from daily tasks to yearly tasks. Be able to plan 12 to 24 months out.
  • Ability to multi-task at a high level. Able to track daily issues and monitor monthly, quarterly and annual tasks.
  • Ability to identify training needs for team and implement a plan.

  • Requirements

    Our Maintenance Supervisors are outstanding degreed leaders (engineering a plus!) with 3 to 5 years experience successfully leading the maintenance shift team in a food or beverage organization. Position requires a smart, enthusiastic, results-driven individual with strong team building and mentoring skills.

    An understanding of electrical and mechanical systems and how they affect all aspects of the operation is a plus. Gaining basic knowledge/theory of how the major pieces of equipment work and being able to troubleshoot equipment problems, understand all support equipment and how it affects the process in QA department, assist in overseeing the batching process and how it relates to an effective production schedule. Knowing how the equipment is supposed to run will improve line efficiencies in the end.

    Develop plant operations knowledge of the main support systems needed to run an effective plant. Know the major pieces of support equipment that are essential to running the plant and the impact of problems with these systems. Develop a checklist to verify all are in proper working order and if not report and follow-up as needed.

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