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Sr. Plant Engineering Manager at Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

Sr. Plant Engineering Manager

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. Grand Rapids, MI Full-Time

Country Fresh has an immediate job opening for an innovative Sr. Manager Engineering that will ensure delivery of engineering services to an assigned plant. This role provides leadership and direction in assessing, determining, and executing facility capital expenditures and maintenance enhancement needs with significant focus on improving productivity and minimizing labor & overhead costs. The Sr. Manager Engineering will also minimize milk, ingredient and packaging waste while assuring highest levels of safety, quality, sanitation, and regulatory compliance.

Country Fresh is a farmer-owned brand of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a dairy marketing cooperative owned by more than 12,500 family farmers. Our mark matters and it represents the wholesomeness of dairy that we share with our communities and loved ones. DFA manufactures a variety of dairy products, including cheese, butter, fluid milk, ice cream, dairy ingredients and more, under well-known and established regional brands. Our fingerprints touch thousands of brands across the marketplace, and we're passionate about delivering the simple pleasures of dairy to people everywhere, straight from our family farm-owners. AtCountry Fresh we are proud to provide families with fresh delicious dairy products.

By joining DFA, you can help us continue to make a difference that matters. We care deeply about the well-being of our neighbors and friends, and we celebrate the diversity of our company and our world. It takes an incredible team to deliver the goodness of dairy and enrich our communities – come join us!

LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MI


Health and Welfare benefits begin 1st of the month after start date
401(k) with company contribution – 100% vested at day one of eligibility
Competitive pay
Paid vacation and holidays
Career growth opportunities – we promote from within!
Comprehensive healthcare benefits
Service recognition and employee rewards
Employee referral program
Tuition reimbursement
Work for dairy farm families


Ensures mechanical and electrical expertise is available to production and other departments to maintain production systems, utilities, buildings, and grounds in a 24-hour 7-day per week operation.
Collaborates with plant management and corporate staff to utilize equipment to improve employee safety, production quality, equipment reliability and overall equipment effectiveness utilizing Continuous Improvement techniques and a Management Operating Structure (MOS).
Designs, specifies, and commissions capital projects which deliver project scope, on-time and on-budget, meeting agreed to stakeholder expectations.
Utilizes a computerized maintenance management system to optimize asset utilization through scheduled preventative maintenance.
Develops, reports, and analyzes key maintenance performance indicators as a means to create and implement corrective actions.
Remains current with latest and emerging industry regulations and codes relative to mechanical and electrical systems design and operation.
Ensures corporate policies and standards are followed in both capital project implementation as well as daily maintenance.
Shares best practices within the Maintenance Department.
Promotes a safe and environmentally sound workplace that complies with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
Provides management of employees directly or through supervisors to ensure effective selection, retention, development, disciplinary action, and performance management. If a collective bargaining agreement exists, may participate in negotiations, grievances or other contract related activities and discussions.
Cooperates in a cross-functional manner as a change agent with all departments within the Company.
Ensures compliance with all DFA Corporate policies, procedures, and national suppliers.
Engages in the typical responsibilities of a manager requiring planning, evaluating, organizing, integrating, and delegating.
Performs other duties as assigned


Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline strongly preferred.
5-7 years of experience within an engineering role
Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience required. 5 years of supervisory experience preferred.
Union (for union facilities), Safety, and Workers Compensation experience preferred.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Auto CAD.
Experience managing capital projects.
Experience leading and following Safety/Security Policies and Procedures.
Must be able to pass all pre-employment screens (including drug, background, and criminal checks).


Familiarity with Good Manufacturing Practices.
Ability to follow all Sanitation and Quality Policies and Procedures, and report and follow through on any deficiencies.
Ability to follow Continuous Improvement (CI) Processes in the Management Operating Structure (MOS).
Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs; ability to lead others through change.
Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous priorities and prioritize a heavy workload in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
Skill in organization and prioritization, and attention to detail.
Strong team player and leader with the ability to work across multiple functions and disciplines.
Ability to select, coach, develop, engage, and retain a team of employees.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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