Share this Job
Apply now »




Position Title: Maintenance and Engineering Manager 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Rice Lake 

Requisition ID: 12110 



Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


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 (RCEs) 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.


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.


Regulatory Compliance

  • Maintain mandatory safety programs, such as Process Safety Management and Risk Management.
  • Support plant safety programs through regular attendance at safety team meetings, training of maintenance personnel in and compliance with plant safety programs (i.e., Lock Out/Tag Out, HazCom, etc.), and elimination of identified safety hazards.
  • Ensure plant compliance with environmental laws and regulations.  Maintain ISO 14001 certification.



  • Work proactively to be a resource to Operations, QC, 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.
  • Maintain and coordinate an ongoing development program for the maintenance personnel to enhance their skills, performance, and promotability.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Manage maintenance supervisor, who in turn supervises maintenance employees and Maintenance Inventory Clerk.
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the department.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Critical TECHNICAL (Function-Specific) Competencies: 

  • Machine and building layouts
  • Equipment, processes, and practices used in frozen food manufacturing
  • Strong knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and building repair, pneumatics, refrigeration, electronics, robotics, PLCs, and / or programming
  • Safety regulations and practices
  • Food safety regulations and practices
  • Read and draw blueprints


Critical CORE (General Behavioral and Business) Competencies: 

  • Skilled project manager
  • Strong working knowledge of continuous improvement practices and tools
  • Effective leader and manager
  • Language skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, financial reports, legal documents, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the board of directors.
  • Mathematical skills:  Good understanding of math and trigonometry consistent with an engineering background.  Must also possess the ability to interpret the fundamentals of budgeting and accounting.
  • Reasoning ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Microsoft Office software


Additional Information:

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to fingers, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and / or move up to thirty pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, and fumes or airborne particles.  The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, and extreme heat.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud when on the production floor and moderately loud when in the office area.

Tools / Equipment Used

  • The tools and equipment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee would use a computer, copier, calculator, fax machine, pen/pencil, and telephone.  May occasionally handle tools for repairing equipment and/or buildings.

Protective Equipment

  • The protective equipment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.



  • Incumbent must have a Bachelor Degree in Engineering or related field, or equivalent related experience.  The degree should have a primary emphasis in one of the following areas:  mechanical, electrical, and / or architectural / structural engineering.
  • Nice to have:  A secondary field in business


Professional/Technical Accreditations:

  • Must have:
  • Nice to have:  Although encouraged, this position does not require any prior certificates, licenses, or registrations.


Related Work Experience (Internal to the organization or external):

5 to 10 years' engineering and / or maintenance experience in the food industry.


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. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Your privacy is important to us. By submitting personal data or information to us, you agree this will be handled in accordance with the Global Privacy Policy 


Job Family: Engineering & Technical; Manufacturing      
Division: NA Appetizer Manufacturing 
Department: ​Rice Lake Engineering ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Rice Lake 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

Apply now »