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Position Title: Manager Maintenance 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Coaldale 

Requisition ID: 5699 



McCain Foods Limited is an international leader in the frozen food manufacturing industry. We are a privately-owned company headquartered in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada, McCain and we are the world's largest producer of frozen french fries and potato specialties. Our product offering also includes desserts, oven meals, entrees, appetizers and vegetables, which can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers in more than 150 countries around the globe.


McCain Foods (Canada) – Coaldale is currently seeking an Engineering/Maintenance Manager for our potato processing facility located just east of Coaldale, Alberta.  The Engineering/Maintenance Manager champions all reliability-centered maintenance initiatives and programs, aligned to satisfy the Company’s immediate and future technological assets, reliability, and performance requirements.


This position will direct maintenance and reliability activities to ensure maximum operational potential is realized for the plant operation.


The successful candidate must have all or most of the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering
  • Experience in Reliability, Condition Inspection, Planning and Scheduling, managing projects, and budgets.
  • Background in business management an asset.
  • 10+ years of progressive lean manufacturing plant maintenance experience with a minimum of 5 years of supervising, management or leadership experience gained from a food processing and packaging industry.
  • Licensed millwright with post-secondary studies in either Engineering, Science, or other related technical discipline.
  • Expert knowledge in working with various potato processing and packaging technologies from OEMs such as JBT Foodtech, Heat & Control, Idaho Steel, Key Technology (shakers and optical/vision sorting), Blueprint Automation (BPA), Wexxar Bel, Bosch Packaging, Intralox, french fries cutting systems.
  • Proficient in SAP-PM and Meridian software.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent knowledge of GMPs and HACCP requirements for food manufacturing plants.
  • Solid experience in critical thinking, trouble-shooting and root cause analysis.
  • Ability to read P & Ids, (piping and instrumentation diagrams) and equipment drawings.
  • Experience in project management (such as extraordinary maintenance projects), including the planning and budgeting phases, resource allocation requirements, and execution phase.
  • Overseeing the mechanical, electrical, and building & yard maintenance budgets in terms of labor resource allocation and equipment/parts.
  • Proven experience in managing a large, diverse team of maintenance professionals by promoting a culture of safety, of service delivery excellence, and by encouraging innovative continuous improvement solutions.
  • A leader in change management, negotiating, and influencing skills.


Job duties include but are not limited to:




Plant Maintenance

·         Provide direction for maintaining and operating all physical equipment so as to minimize downtime.

·         Oversee, maintain, and progressively improve the preventive maintenance program.

·         Manage the work order and parts inventory systems.

·         Develop and oversee the maintenance budget and deliver results at or below budget.

·         Oversee MRO inventories and activities.

·         Insure successful integration of SAP/Meridian tools and processes.

·         Complete Key Elements of Maintenance assessments and audits as required.


Regulatory Compliance

·         Maintain mandatory safety programs, such as Process Safety Management and Risk Management.

·         Support plant safety programs through regular attending safety team meetings, training of maintenance personnel in and compliance with plant safety programs (i.e., Lock Out/Tag Out, HazCom, etc.), and eliminating identified safety hazards.

·         Ensure compliance with food safety regulations and practices.

·         Ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Maintain ISO 14001 certification.


Capital Spending

·         Develop annual capital budget to support cost reduction and other plant goals.

·         Work with finance, production, and safety to develop and provide justification for capital projects, and prepare the Requests for Capital Expenditures in a timely fashion.

·         Manage capital projects to meet deadlines and budgets.

·         Oversee fixed assets and direct the sale of salvage materials to get maximum dollar return.


Supervisory Responsibilities

·         Manage maintenance supervisors, who in turn supervise maintenance employees, and project engineer.

  • Manage Stockroom Supervisor, WWT/Environmental Supervisor, and Boiler Chief.

·         Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the department.

·         Carry out management responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; coaching, recognizing, and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

·         Maintain and coordinate an ongoing development program for the maintenance personnel to enhance their skills, performance, and career objectives.

·         Foster a culture of employee engagement and accountability, ability to set clear expectations, clearly communicate and effectively listen and join in the journey to lead McCain Coaldale to excellence.



·         Work proactively to be a resource to Operations, Quality, Safety, MCE, and other departments, and to support plant efforts to achieve cost reduction and other goals.

·         Develop and oversee the utilities budget and deliver results at or below budget.

·         Track and find ways to reduce energy usage.


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
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Job Family: Manufacturing      
Division: Greater North America 
Department: ​CDL Potato Maintenance ​
Location(s): CA - Canada : Alberta : Coaldale 

Company: McCain Foods (Canada) 

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