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Engineering & Reliability Manager (Caldwell, ID)

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The Engineering and Reliability Maintenance Manager will provide guidance, direction and resources in various design projects for production and maintenance departments' needs and ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, and controls. The Manager will maintain a satisfactory cost-benefit ratio, and comply with safety, environmental and quality standards. This position is responsible for leading and supervising the Maintenance and Engineering departments for the food manufacturing facility as they develop, test, modify create solutions to technical problems, and maintain equipment reliability and safety to meet production objectives through sound maintenance programs and processes. The role will also be a companywide resource by traveling to and working with other facilities to address technical and compliance issues as they occur.

Key Responsibilities


  • Leverage significant interaction and influence with plant leadership to make key engineering, technology and maintenance reliability related strategic business decisions for manufacturing operations.
  • Sets direction and mandate for Engineering and Maintenance Department in promotion and support of all regulatory, operational, and customer requirements, including but not limited to include food safety, product quality, customer audits, FDA, OSHA, EPA, DEQ and all other regulatory compliance.     
  • Is responsible for supporting, managing, or implementing Food Safety and Product Quality standards.
  • Develops resources to deliver effective and efficient team direction and rapid decision making.
  • Is responsible for the Engineering and Maintenance budget.
  • Leads team to deliver site engineering initiatives and equipment reliability, including maintenance planning, mechanical, electrical, boiler and refrigeration departments.
  • Drives transformation; works with engineering, maintenance and operations to increase efficiency and decrease equipment downtime while moving from a reactive to proactive operating model.
  • Ensures Engineering and Maintenance systems, programs, and processes are in place and functioning properly to meet complex requirements (short term, long term, and turnaround)
  • 100% accountable for the overall performance of the Engineering and Maintenance Department, including the hiring, training, development, safety, and management of employees.


Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university

Relevant Experience

  • 10+ years related experience and/or training

Other Information

  • Strong bias in project and process engineering and maintenance management.
  • At least five years’ experience in a plant level supervisory role in a manufacturing industry environment.
  • Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt preferred.
  • Experience implementing and sustaining reliability programs.
  • Experience using Maintenance Management Systems and ERPs.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required (medical or religious accommodations will be considered as appropriate).

Job Requisition ID: 7448

Travel Required: None

Location(s): FG Idaho Plant - Caldwell 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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