Maintenance Planner - Ulverstone

Date: 18 Sep 2023

Location: Ulverstone, TAS, AU, 7315

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia is a food manufacturing and agriculture business encompassing potato, vegetable, seafood, and sauce operations that supply a wide range of frozen, shelf-stable and chilled products to Australia and New Zealand’s major retail and food service customers. 


As a leading provider of quality, nourishing and sustainable food, we are focused on creating food Australians and New Zealanders love by maximising value from the best Australian-grown produce and global seafood. Our iconic brands have been an integral part of Australian life for generations, and include the likes of Leggo’s, Birds Eye, Edgell, John West and Chiko.


We have five manufacturing sites in Australia and six sales sites and employ almost 2000 people across these operations. We are an integral part of the global J.R. Simplot Company.

Culture and Benefits

At Simplot, we are fueled by our purpose: We Contribute to Feeding Our World. We imagine a better future and set goals to reach it. We are committed to working as one Simplot and are guided by our shared values:

  • Respect for Resources
  • Spirit of Innovation
  • Passion for People

We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We care about creating an environment that promotes safety and wellbeing and where our people feel supported, respected and empowered. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all our team members.

Simplot is passionate about cultivating a future where good ideas and inspiring possibilities have the chance to grow. We want our team members to build exciting and fulfilling careers with us and offer professional and personal growth opportunities.

The Perks


  • Bonus incentives
  • Discounted health insurance options
  • Income Protection Insurance
  • Novated car leasing agreements
  • Fully supplied & laundered uniform, boots & PPE
  • Training & development opportunities
  • On-site subsidised canteen
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave

About Our Role

An exciting opportunity exists for the permanent full-time position of Maintenance Planner at our Ulverstone food manufacturing facility. Simplot Ulverstone has a proud history in the local community and processes around 300,000 tonnes of potatoes from 165 Tasmanian growers each year whilst employing over 450 people.  Manufactured products include fries (coated & uncoated and different cuts), sweet potato fries, potato gems, and hash browns.

Reporting to the Area Manager - Planning & Stores and working within a high performing team, this Mon-Fri role will focus on the planning and scheduling of maintenance activities in line with the site production plan whilst being guided by safety, quality, environment, cost and operational equipment effectiveness (OEE) targets.

What You Will Do


  • Develop and maintain electronic work procedures and packages to facilitate the safe and effective execution of maintenance activities. 
  • Link maintenance documentation to job plans in the CMMS to improve planning efficiency through automatic work package batch printing.
  • Plan maintenance work activities, including work packages, ordering spare parts, tools, materials, equipment, labour, services, contractors and hired equipment.
  • Plan and schedule continuous improvement (CI) activities and minor capital works.
  • Prepare work packages for ‘opportunity’ maintenance activities, which can be executed when the opportunity arises.
  • Assist the Maintenance Manager and Team Leaders with the planning and coordination of un-planned maintenance activities including breakdowns and ‘opportunity’ maintenance as required.
  • Develop and maintain the site’s CMMS such that all information and records are relevant, accurate, current, complete, recorded in a timely manner and supportive of the site’s reliability strategy.
  • Review and analyse work order feedback to ensure accuracy, quality and completeness of maintenance history and records.
  • Chair weekly maintenance planning and scheduling meetings with key Engineering and Production personnel.
  • Report weekly KPI performance
  • Plan and schedules factory maintenance days and shutdowns and conducting reviews thereafter to facilitate CI activities
  • Assist with the preparation of contract documents, service agreements, calling of tenders and on site supervision of contract labour as required.

About You

We are seeking candidates with strong mechanical aptitude, drive and motivation to succeed in this role.  

  • Mechanical trade qualification (essential).
  • Demonstrated experience in a planning or scheduling role (desirable)
  • Intermediate to advanced user of CMMS software (noting that Simplot utilise MEX) in addition to the MS Office suite of products
  • A high level of business acumen, including analytical skills
  • The ability to influence and communicate with key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Knowledge and experience of Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Willingness to undertake a pre-employment medical assessment (incl. a urine based drug & alcohol screen)
  • A 100% commitment to health and safety in the workplace


Please click on the "Apply" button to submit your application, ensuring a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role AND an up-to-date resume are included (noting that you will be redirected to the Simplot Careers portal).

APPLICATIONS CLOSE MIDNIGHT TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2023 - Simplot reserve the right to commence shortlisting prior to advert closing date


Job Requisition ID: 15477 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): SAPL Plant - Ulverstone 

Country: Australia 


Simplot is an equal opportunity employer and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. If you feel you would be a great addition to our team please apply online today, we would love to hear from you. If you require technical assistance, please email us at