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We are seeking an experienced hands-on Maintenance Lead with strong electro-mechanical troubleshooting and problem-solving skills to lead all maintenance and operations support personnel for a rapidly growing meat processing manufacturer located in Miami, FL. The ideal candidate will have well-rounded experience with installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of high-speed process equipment including PLC controlled product packaging lines, conveying systems, AC/DC motors, control systems, and electrical instrumentation. Proven experience of establishing an effective Preventative/Predictive Maintenance Programs within the Food Manufacturing industry is required.

Our client is a 60-year-old privately held manufacturer of premium USDA beef, poultry, pork, and steak products serving a wide variety of retail, commercial, institutional, and entertainment customers throughout the Americas. They have grown 40% year-over-year for the past 5 years by providing exceptional customer service and support for their own unique branded products and other private-label offerings.

Essential Job Functions include:

  • Lead, train, and motivate maintenance and reliability personnel to meet/exceed operational efficiency and production goals while maintaining compliance with all safety, health, environmental, and quality standards
  • Manage allocation of resources and labor deployment for asset reliability and facility grounds maintenance
  • Optimize mechanical and electrical preventive/predictive maintenance activities based on equipment histories, available technologies, and production requirements
  • Lead the development and training of all maintenance and reliability personnel based on performance gaps and organizational capabilities, including computer systems, network maintenance, DBC, and e-maintenance
  • Assist in developing reports to monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) to include safety, quality, cost, productivity, yield, and variances
  • Maintain ownership over specified maintenance and plant asset cost centers
  • Ensure effective utilization of the work order management and downtime reporting systems, escalating system reliability issues as needed
  • Drive the asset root cause analysis process focused on repetitive part or system failures to eliminate reoccurrence
  • Prepare the maintenance budget and oversee implementation of all capital projects for the plant
  • Lead member of the plant Safety Committee, conducting regular safety training for all plant and warehouse staff
  • Direct the storeroom team to achieve established goals in inventory value (turns), cycle count accuracy, and customer satisfaction

Qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred or equivalent industry experience
  • 7+ years of Maintenance, Operations, or Reliability experience in food manufacturing, ideally in meat processing
  • 2+ years of prior Supervisory or Managerial experience in an operations or production environment
  • Strong working knowledge of electro-mechanical drive systems, AC/DC motors, starters, speed controls, conveying systems, packaging equipment, etc.
  • Knowledge in Lean Manufacturing methodologies such as Six Sigma, Kaizen, 5s, etc. is a bonus
  • Ability to troubleshoot programmable logic controllers (PLC) systems
  • Capital equipment installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting experience
  • Strong electrical and mechanical aptitude with the ability to solve complex manufacturing issues
  • Strong knowledge in MS Office applications such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Decisive time management and organizational skills to multi-task in a fast-paced operations
  • Excellent data analysis skills and well-rounded business acumen
  • Independent critical thinker, creative, imaginative, yet with practical ability to justify project costs
  • Collaborative working style with the ability to both lead and follow


Compensation for this position includes an attractive base salary commensurate with experience, annual bonus incentives, full medical/dental benefits, and paid vacation.  Relocation assistance is available for outstanding candidates. Our client is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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