Maintenance Manager

Tate & Lyle   •  

Sycamore, IL

Industry: Food & Beverage


8 - 10 years

Posted 296 days ago

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The Maintenance Manager has accountability for all aspects of Maintenance at the site.  This includes ensuring safe personal and team behaviors, performance and compliance with all outlined safety and food safety procedures and protocols.  Additionally leading, motivating, and developing a proactive team of maintenance professionals that optimize the reliability and lifecycle of all operational assets is essential.  The position is under direction of the Plant Manager/Director of Operations.



  • Supports and promotes the Tate and Lyle core values of Safety, Integrity and Respect
  • Promote safe behavior and instill a strong safety culture within the entire Maintenance organization, including contractors
  • Ensure that operational equipment, utilities, and facilities maintain compliance with all relevant regulations and Tate & Lyle standards (safety, environmental, quality, etc.)
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive Maintenance Strategy that aligns with plant and corporate goals
  • Support reliability initiatives and help establish a strong and sustainable reliability culture at the site
  • Provide the development and coaching of members of the Maintenance Team, at all levels, to ensure the long-term success of the organization
  • Establish effective communications and a strong collaborative environment with other departments, particularly Manufacturing, Reliability, Safety, and Quality, as well as other Maintenance organizations (both within and outside of T&L)
  • Develop and meet a maintenance budget that accurately reflects both short-term needs and long-term viability; drive the organization to optimize maintenance spend
  • Establish S.M.A.R.T. goals for the organization and utilize visual metrics/dashboards to chart results/progress
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvements where decisions are made based on facts, data and financial analysis
  • Drive the organization to solve problems to the root cause level, and always follow-up with actions that will prevent recurrence
  • Responsibilities include but not limited to oversight of contractors, infrastructure-building, grounds, railways, fire systems, and storeroom



  • 4-year technical degree or equivalent experience required.  Engineering preferred
  • Minimum 7 years experience in maintenance or engineering within a manufacturing environment; food manufacturing background desired
  • Minimum 7 years of managerial/leadership experience; strong preference for experience in leading a Maintenance organization from reactive to proactive culture (i.e. reliability culture)
  • Strong leader and team builder with good motivational skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Proven capability at troubleshooting, including the use of root cause analysis techniques for solving complex problems
  • Functional knowledge of utility equipment and systems
  • Knowledgeable in use of SAP Maintenance or other EAM/CMMS; proven capability at data mining and trend recognition
  • Financial understanding and experience with departmental budget and expenditures.