Plant Facilities Lead

Their manufacturing facility near Wooster, OH needs a Plant Facilities Lead.  This Plant Facilities Lead is responsible for keeping plant utilities running (boilers, air compressors, fire control systems, etc.), maintaining reliable systems, supporting Preventive Maintenance, and developing the capabilities of the Facilities Technician team. The Facilities Lead will also manage compliance with environmental permits and agencies.

Why work here?

  • Great base salary with a 10% performance bonus
  • Excellent benefits
  • Campus provides services, a gym, cafeteria, etc.
  • Room for growth at this and many other facilities
  • Flexible work hours
  • Holiday bonus


  • Responsible for the overall reliability of plant utilities and shared services
  • Maintains necessary permits and relationships with regulatory agencies and outside utility providers
  • Participates in daily reliability meetings; communicates issues and action plans relative to plant utility systems
  • Provides continued faculties team development through diverse education and coaching on the technical elements of facility operation with the focus of developing team members into multi-craft technicians
  • Owns utility cost results, gap analysis and improvement plan at the plant level
  • Utilizes facility maintenance resources and outside contractors to maintain plant utilities, prioritizing mechanical and electrical work
  • Member of the Progressive Maintenance (PM) pillar team and primary owner of PM pillar capability for facilities
  • Responsible for maintenance planning and spare parts strategy within the department and appropriate use of Oracle eAM
  • Responsible for the plant's wastewater treatment facility and its reliable operation
  • Provides project leadership and support for facility-related projects, including capital project development and execution
  • Supports plant sustainability efforts in landfill diversion, water conservation, and greenhouse gas footprint reduction
  • Owner of technical documentation for facilities
  • Maintains and tests the plant’s fire control systems
  • Serves as the primary contact for the plant’s insurance provider
  • Owner of a Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Key Element
  • Manages plant maintenance, building grounds, and utilities budget


Success in the Plant Facilities Lead role looks like:

  • Uninterrupted and continuous plant utility performance, zero unplanned outages
  • Full compliance with outside regulatory agencies, no environmental compliance outages
  • Facilities Systems Work Orders and PM's assigned and completed according to the schedule
  • Monthly utilities budget goals set and achieved
  • Recognized as a role model, both technically and from a leadership perspective


Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma with BS degree preferred
  • 5 years of facilities systems experience
  • Experience leading, developing, or managing others effectively
  • Environmental management experience including specific knowledge in air emission reporting (non-title V), landfill characterization applications, stormwater, spill containment and control (SPCC), and chemical reporting for State Emergency Response (SERC) (LEPC) Tier II, RCRA, and DOT regulations
  • HVAC experience with managing large, chilled water systems (Centrifugal) and refrigerated direct expansion applications
  • Knowledge in traditional water chemical treatment, reverse osmosis, and food safe supplemental additives
  • Familiar with contract management relative to predictive technologies (infrared, vibration, oil, etc.) and outside technical contract services (ability to identify the proper technology at the correct frequency)
  • Technical knowledge of the following systems: Boilers, compressors, HVAC, electrical distribution, water and sewer systems, fire systems, loading/unloading systems


Additional skills and experience that we think would make someone successful in this role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering; Industrial Maintenance; Facilities Management; or related
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment is strongly preferred
  • Experience managing teams in a 24/7 operations environment is strongly preferred
  • Mechanical and / or electrical experience in CPG or pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to work and manage within a team environment
  • Proficient with Oracle Enterprise Asset Management (eAM)
  • Experience with high-performance work systems (SQMS, IWS)
  • Self-motivated and can work independently with minimal direct supervision
  • Strong organizational, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Proven project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize actions to help meet plant objectives and long-term vision
  • Familiar with GE Proficy (Historian, RTIP, Plant Apps)
  • Effective presentation, verbal, and written communication skills