Maintenance Planner and Scheduler

The Company
Large and successful Food Manufacturer in Christchurch who are in the process of building their in-house Engineering and Maintenance team.

The Role
As the role title suggests, you are the person who will come up with and implement the maintenance plan for this large food manufacturer.

You will also lead and manage an engineering and maintenance team made up of Mechanical Fitters and Industrial Electricians who will help to execute the maintenance plan.

Running a solid CMMS system (in this case MEX), will be your bread & butter, you will prioritise the planned jobs with your team and with the production managers, making sure that all the parts and labour are there, and ensuring that the maintenance jobs are done right on a daily basis.

You will be ensuring that the production lines stay up and operating as much as possible to maximise productivity.

Your team will do reactive maintenance, but there is a real focus on reliability, preventative maintenance, and continuous improvement, so implementing maintenance best practices will be the goal and will be given company backing and support.

A Player/Coach: You will be a player coach so to speak, so doing your own work balanced with managing others. The company want someone with real positivity and willingness to grow themselves who will also develop the people in their team, coaching a lot, and bringing out the best in others.

About You
Ideal Background: Maintenance Planning and Scheduling at a senior level and have led a team of 6 to 8 people or more.

Qualifications: Mechanical or Electrical, and either Degree or Trade background will be considered.

Relevant Machinery Experience: Conveyors, multivac’s, multi-head weighers, check weighers, metal detectors, packaging and packing equipment, palletisers etc.

Must Be:
Someone who is really deliberate about following processes for maintenance planning and scheduling cycles, prioritising work, planning the work, and then scheduling it.

Nice to Have Experience
• Food Experience or an attitude to learn how to work in this environment
• Some exposure to automating processes
• Exposure to engineering projects
• Continuous Improvement experience, e.g., Six Sigma, LEAN
• Safety Culture and Systems

Why work here?
Company Culture: The company culture is welcoming, and their people possess a lot of can-do attitude. The company is very successful, hailing from a family business in years gone by, into more of a large corporate these days. There is a real hunger to be better than they were yesterday which is quite engaging and attractive. There are some really good people that work there who are passionate about the company and continuing to make it successful.

Remuneration: A competitive salary, health insurance, KiwiSaver, and relocation assistance if you need to move to Christchurch.

If you are a motivated person who works well with people and enjoys making a manufacturing plant hum then this could be the opportunity for you, so do get in touch.

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