Kettle Cuisine

Maintenance Manager

Seattle, WA
May 8, 2024
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Job Description

Maintenance Manager
Job Summary:

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for supervising, directing, and coordinating the work of the Maintenance team. This position is responsible for providing leadership and direction to ensure the safety of the work group, setting and attainment of departmental goals, and optimization of team and individual team member performance. Additionally, the Maintenance Manager is accountable for providing technical leadership and insight to facilitate the identification and resolution of root causes related to equipment failures and proactively identifying and addressing equipment reliability performance gaps.

Key Responsibilities:

Role and Responsibilities:

Administration of company and plant policies as they relate to team members.
Participation in Daily Direction Setting activities.
Active participation in operations performance gap analysis activities.
Management of repair-oriented capital projects.
Management of ongoing leadership capability development plans for leaders in the Maintenance department.
Development and management of individual and departmental objectives.
Key Responsibilities:

Provides strong safety leadership and ensures that employee safety is the primary objective of the work team.
Models safe behaviors and personal work practices.
Participates in the plant safety committee.
Ensures a high level of accountability for adherence to safety guidelines and safe personal work practices.
Facilitates good communication between the Maintenance team and other groups within the organization.
Provides support and direction to develop and continuously improve work order planning and scheduling processes.
Provides direction in the prioritization of planned work.
Ensures a high level of accountability for adherence to work order processes.
Collaborates with Operations leaders to ensure that maintenance plans and operations objectives are aligned.
Develops and maintains strategic Maintenance improvement plans for manufacturing and infrastructure systems.
Develops and fosters collaboration between Maintenance and Operations teams in the pursuit of increasing equipment efficiencies and minimizing downtime.
Ensures that the facility’s equipment and machines are maintained properly and working correctly.
Oversees the facility’s maintenance program; identifies and analyzes equipment or machinery failures and takes corrective actions.
Provides technical training to management and other team members.
Coordinates work performed by outside contractors, vendors, and engineering consultants.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Trains and supervises employees of the maintenance department.
Negotiates contracts with outside vendors for the execution of maintenance work.
Ensures operational efficiency of electrical equipment and mechanical systems through timely inspection and repair.
Ensures that company premises and facilities are kept in clean and hygienic condition.
Implements workplace safety policies and standards.
Performs other related duties as required.
Required Skills:

Thorough understanding of mechanical engineering.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate them when appropriate.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education desired: Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering Discipline or equivalent experience.
Deep understanding of electrical and mechanical components used in an industrial environment.
Years of relevant experience: 5-7.
Strong leadership and leadership development skills.
Project management skills.
Maintenance leadership experience in a food manufacturing environment is preferred.
Required Attributes:

Self-starter able to conceptualize and drive initiatives forward.
Positive attitude and motivation by contributing to the overall success of the team.
Able to develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Creative problem-solving skills.
Obsessive attention to detail, well organized, and able to juggle many projects at once.
Comfortable moving at a fast pace and in ambiguous environments.
Passionate about food.
Willing to address difficult situations head-on with patience and respect.
Must be able to access and navigate all areas of the production facility.
Be able to spend prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
As A Leader Within the Kettle Cuisine Team You Are Expected To:

Model and support Kettle’s Core Values and safety culture.
Create a culture of accountability & performance.
Drive a focus on quality and continuous improvement.
Plan work, track results and resolve variances.
Level of Responsibility:

Works with little supervision, but work is reviewed. Exercises discretion within areas of responsibility.
Recommends actions and alternatives to supervisor and others.
Position has little to no contact with customers.
Position makes an indirect contribution to efforts that generate moderate levels of revenue.
Decisions or actions may have a moderate impact on other departments and/or external relationships of the organization. Errors are usually detected after the fact and may result in moderate interruption and delays in work output.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a Department Leader encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Physical Demands/Efforts

Work requires occasional physical exertion, including some lifting of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
Mental & Visual Demands

Work performed by this position requires moderate concentration to effectively execute moderately complex tasks.
Work occasionally requires some degree of visual effort for periods of time.
Work Environment and Hazards

Employee works in a manufacturing setting with some exposure to heat, cold, dust, or other factors of minor inconvenience.
The position has some exposure to hazards that might cause minor injury.
Less than 10% travel is required for this position. Travel would be to other sites via airplane
Department Leader must have availability and flexibility to work different shifts and weekends, to provide any needed direct leadership support to employees. May need to work weekends or overtime as required.
Salary Range: $95,000 – 140,000 USD Annually


Kettle Cuisine complies with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. This means we will not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability in any phase of the employment relationship including application for employment, hiring, promotions and/or advancement opportunities, termination, compensation, training and any other conditions or privileges of employment.

Core Values

Kettle Cuisine takes the utmost pride in its people, products and reputation. Each employee is expected to understand and live our Core Values every day.

Honor Food – We create and produce the best tasting, safest, all-natural recipes that strive for perfection in every batch, from bench to kettle
Honor Each Other – We seek to develop trusting, respectful and mutually rewarding relationships with all our team members and business partners
Honor Development – We recognize and nurture each other’s talents, strengths and interests in order to further strengthen and grow our team
Honor Innovation – We continually strive for creative and sustainable ways to achieve excellence
Kettle Cuisine offers the following benefits at low cost or no cost:

Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance
Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Leave
Paid Holidays
Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
Life Insurance and Disability Insurance
Tuition Assistance