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Director of Engineering and Maintenance

It all started with a cornfield and a common vision of a vertically-integrated egg products solution, managing the entire process from grain to finished product. This vision led Rembrandt Foods to become a leading egg ingredient producer in the United States, with global distribution. We supply egg ingredients to food manufacturers, brand owners, foodservice industries, and pet care manufacturers. Our expertise touches virtually every food category, including: mayonnaise and sauces, baked goods, confections, pasta and noodles, nutritional beverages and bars, and prepared foods.
Director of Engineering and Maintenance
Job Summary:
The Director of Engineering/Maintenance manages supports and provides direction and leadership to the engineering team, maintenance team, and projects. They provide technical support for safety initiatives and manage processes using Key Performance Indicators to ensure productivity goals are consistently achieved. This position requires 10 years of experience and a history of strong leadership, deep practical engineering knowledge and a proven track record for timely project delivery, project management, cost control, and customer satisfaction. The individual in this position works effectively in a team environment and interfaces closely with Finance, Sales, R&D and Operations. The Director of Engineering/Maintenance brings knowledge and creativity to the position and must have the discipline to drive results and follow established fundamental processes.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Engineering
Manages monthly and yearly capital and maintenance budgets to ensure cost controls; implements KPIs to track internal measurements
Coordinates and directs projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directs the integration of technical activities
Develops and implements policies, standards and procedures for engineering and technical work performed in the department
Plans and schedules facility modifications, construction and installations, monitors progress against project schedules and budgets, secures cost estimates and select contractors and vendors for projects, recommends allocation of resources to accomplish goals
Analyzes technology, resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects
Provides engineering studies, designs and justifications for approval to support Operations goals; Directs the management of projects within budget, delivering targeted return on investments
Supports working cross functionally with other departments including the USDA to ensure clear communication and proper processes are in place
Consults or negotiates with contractors/vendors to prepare project specifications; Recommends or approves contracts and cost estimates
Keeps current in discipline, assesses new technologies and ideas, develops, evaluates and seeks approval for new concepts or equipment to improve the efficiency and the capability of plant processes
Completes jobsite visits as required to evaluate site conditions and other items that will impact system design and constructability
Maintenance
Leads Plant Maintenance Managers to train, direct, develop, supervise and evaluate maintenance teams manufacturing to increase productivity and improve manufacturing costs in a 24/7 operations environment
Systematically defines, designs, develops, monitors and refines the preventive, predictive and reliability-centered maintenance processes in pursuit of optimization
Reduces and improves maintenance work wherever feasible ensuring efficient and reliable plant operations, processes and equipment while protecting and prolonging the economic life of plant assets at optimal cost
Develops best practices around documentation of maintenance work and equipment; track performance data and identify equipment and procedural improvement opportunities
Applies value analysis to repair/replace, repair/redesign, and make/buy decisions; manages monthly/yearly budgets to ensure cost controls; implements KPI's to track internal measurements
Develops standardized programs that influence the selection of materials, equipment and spare parts
Ensures each facility conducts emergency system inspections, including sprinkler system, ammonia systems, and maintain appropriate records
Ensures safety programs for the department, including but not limited to lock out/tag out, confined space entry, PSM/PHA, MSDS for material used in maintenance activities, and safety meetings; ensures safety compliance and conducts accident investigations
Maintains historical data, analyzes and monitors key equipment efficiencies and parameters against design
Assists operations with troubleshooting and suggests measures for improvement of manufacturing to increase productivity and improve manufacturing costs
Backup:
A trained designee will be appointed by management to cover for absences or vacancies; refer to Rembrandt Foods site-specific facility back-up matrix on file.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Required:
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
5+ years' management experience
Septic packaging experience
HAACP/ SQF Knowledge and Experience
Extensive background in managing projects
Hands on experience with implementing world class TPM programs
Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
Independent Self Starter/Team Player
Ability to motivate, lead, problem solve
Responsible to travel between plants - approximately 30%
Preferred:
10+ years' experience working in Food Industry
MBA
Dryer, Pasteurizer and Pre-cooked experience preferred
Bilingual - Spanish

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