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Maintenance/Reliability Lead - SIGN ON BONUS


Kansas City, MO, US, 64120


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


**SIGN ON BONUS $1500.00**


Position Title: Maintenance Lead Nights

Reports To: Site Reliability or Engineering Manager

Hours: 6:00pm – 6:30am. 4 days on/4 days off


Purpose of Role:

The Maintenance Lead is responsible for the efficient, safe, and reliable operation of their shift maintenance team.  The Maintenance Lead must be multi-skilled to manage, maintain, and troubleshoot the site’s manufacturing equipment, utilities equipment, and factory infrastructure.  Additionally, the Maintenance Lead also directs and trains the Maintenance Techs and facilitates the transfer of knowledge.  The Maintenance Lead is responsible to identify, prioritize, plan and execute day-to-day activities with little or no supervision, and to promptly and effectively communicate with all other departments within the site. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic equipment, including 480V electrical power, instrumentation, motor controls, VFD’s, Servo’s, I/O devices/modules, PLC’s, HMI’s, sensors, actuators, and conveyors. 
  • Troubleshoot machine breakdowns and malfunctions utilizing a working knowledge and understanding of the equipment, and tools required to troubleshoot process as well as packaging equipment.
  • Train and assist technicians to troubleshoot, repair, replace and calibrate all electrical sensing devices and instrumentation including:  photoelectric, inductive, capacitive, pressure, temperature, weight, position sensors, flow, and analytical instruments.
  • Train and assist technicians to troubleshoot, repair, replace and commission all components of modern process and packaging equipment including: AC drives, DC drives, Servo Controllers, contactors, motors, breakers, solenoids, cylinders, and sensors.
  • Identify and recommend changes to improve plant performance utilizing existing or new equipment
  • Manage and support factory utilities infrastructure including air compressors, boilers, chillers, including implementing upgrades and other vendor updates. 
  • Coordinate the preventive maintenance work orders by team members, and following up to ensure the completion and effectiveness of each task.
  • Act as technical resource to operations.  Assist operations and maintenance associates to meet daily priorities, coverage, and special projects. 
  • Support the introduction to the plant of new equipment and technologies
  • Direct the work activities of outside contractors, maintenance technicians, and other associates.
  • Train and support non-technical users on the use of plant floor equipment.
  • Lead the implementation of small scope projects in assigned area. 
  • Make improvements as required to PM’s on various manufacturing and packaging equipment, and document activities using computerized maintenance management system.
  • Observe all OSHA and company safety rules and use the proper safety equipment at all times. Notify supervisor of potentially dangerous hazards and take immediate corrective action. 
  • Effectively communicate with peers, supervisors, and upper management on a daily basis, and be willing to provide support where needed and complete other duties as assigned by Manager.
  • Maintains a clean and orderly work area.


Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Must have a thorough understanding of manufacturing facility equipment and systems and their applications.
  • Working knowledge of troubleshooting, testing, and repairing industrial equipment, motor controls (including VFD’s and servo’s), and instrumentation. 
  • Good understanding of utility systems. 
  • Understanding of networks including Ethernet, Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, and ControlNet. 
  • Maintain working knowledge of NEC, NFPA, and OSHA requirements as related to machine and electrical safety. 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to take direction from multiple sources.
  • Ability to analyze equipment problems and correct them.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal for working with operations and maintenance team members.
  • Excellent teaching and training skills to facilitate transfer of knowledge between all team members


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of six (6) years of experience in maintaining and troubleshooting process and packaging systems in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Knowledge and experience in maintaining and troubleshooting of electrical systems including single and 3-phase controls and distribution systems 480 VAC and below. 
  • Knowledge and experience in maintaining and troubleshooting utility systems and applications. 
  • Experience in calibrating and troubleshooting instrumentation and controllers. 
  • Ability to read wiring diagrams and schematics for troubleshooting. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Allen-Bradley PLC platforms including ControlLogix, SLC-500, and PLC-5. 
  • Experience with Rockwell VFD’s and Servo Drives.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft operating systems, virtual machine environments, servers and network administration.    


Required Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.


Desired Education

  • A two-year technical degree or equivalent is required minimum for consideration.  Six years industrial maintenance experience including process, packaging, and utilities troubleshooting and repair in a food manufacturing environment will be considered in lieu of degree requirements. Two years of this exposure must be in an industrial production environment similar to Mars manufacturing facilities.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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