Allied Reliability Group Maintenance Superintendent in Lincoln, Nebraska

The Maintenance Superintendent has overall responsibility for the material condition of the plant and reports directly to the Plant Manager in all matters that impact the safe, efficient, and effective operation of the maintenance effort. The focus of your position is to maximize production time available on equipment, minimize upkeep costs, and control expenditures related to equipment, spare parts, and consumable items. This position supports the plant production effort and must provide high quality repair and maintenance services that enable the plant to meet production goals and is responsible for the strategic and tactical oversight of asset management strategies within the plant, with the goal of providing reliable processes to the business. Activities include the alignment and implementation of Maintenance and Reliability practices, programs, processes, operational effectiveness, and continuous improvement techniques, proactive maintenance and repairs, product design and planning, contractor, vendor and spare parts management, best practice applications, training and support.

You must be a sound leader and a technical and process expert focused on achieving your department’s goals. Your role is to manage your people, fixed assets, and processes resulting in the safe, sustainable, and efficient operation of your department. As a senior manager, your actions, attitudes and decisions directly impact the operation of your department. Each decision that you make must be weighed against its impact on safety, quality, productivity, and cost management. The ADM WAY is a resource for ethical guidance that explains the framework for your actions with respect to these decisions.

As you review the responsibilities listed in this document, bear in mind that your role is to implement, maintain, and sustain them. This can only be accomplished by developing your direct reports and employees to assist you in the effort. To that end, you must create an environment that encourages people to provide their best effort by ensuring all employees under your direction are treated equitably and with respect. Likewise, they must be held accountable for their actions and continuously focused toward success.

The following are specific responsibilities associated with the Maintenance Superintendent position.


Facilitate the integration of the Values Based Safety process into plant activities

  1. Be a role model for other employees, contractors and visitors on the tenets and application of the values based safety process

  2. Encourage all employees to learn, accept, and proactively support the values based safety program.

  3. Proactively work to ensure that all ADM employees understand and comply with the ADM safety policies and procedures

  4. Schedule employees to attend training and assist in the training on the ADM and facility safety policies and procedures.

  5. Hold all ADM employees, visitors, vendors, and contractors personally responsible to comply with the policies and procedures.

  6. Ensure that all visitors, vendors, and contractors are briefed on the ADM and facility safety policies and procedures before they are permitted outside of the administrative desk.

  7. Ensure the physical security of location and its assets.


  1. Support the production departments reduction of quality hold products

  2. Maintain the production equipment so that it functions as designed or expected.

  3. Audit work done on the plant’s equipment to make sure that lubricants, replacement parts and equipment in a food contact areas are adequate for the service and meet food grade criteria

  4. Audit work associated with production or packaging equipment for compliance with the applicable Good Manufacturing Practice standard.

  5. Repair Quality

  6. Ensure effective and proper repairs on equipment.

ii. If temporary repairs (patches) are made, ensure permanent repairs are scheduled and completed in a timely manner.

iii. Drive a proactive maintenance program to reduce the amount of emergency repairs causing production downtime.

Profitability and Production Efficiency

Process Reliability

  1. Responsible for aligning, deploying and executing the Ag Services Maintenance and Reliability vision/strategy as well as direct program administration.

  2. Promote a culture that builds, operates and maintains plants that are operationally sound, safe and reliable. Implement leading reliability practices and aggressively raise the performance of under-performing departments by monitoring key performance indicators; i.e. yield optimization, energy reduction, operator safety indices, etc.

  3. Assist production leadership in training operations personnel on proper operations, cleaning, lubrication, trouble shooting, and adjustment of production equipment.

iv. Support deployment of Reliability processes across departments and ensures the reliability culture is foundational to operations. Enforce reliability processes and metrics with the focus of eliminating the root-cause of reliability problems.

  1. Partner with Ag Services Maintenance and Reliability team to identify, deploy and leverage opportunities for continuous improvements applicable to the entire business.
  • Asset Health/Capability

  • Manage and implement proactive maintenance and reliability activities at the plant. Partner and interface with other departments, facility management, contractors, community and local regulators to ensure asset health and availability. ii. In accordance with Ag Services maintenance and reliability strategies, standards and practices, supervise, monitor and review ongoing maintenance activities and records to ensure asset health and adherence to guidelines, codes, regulations and overall production quality.

  • Oversee the execution of repair procedures and tasks to ensure compliance with fundamental plant reliability strategies, standards and practices.

  • Monitor repairs through systems and controls (i.e. Computerized Maintenance Management System) to ensure work orders and requests are executed in accordance to established work flow.

  • Review and analyze maintenance and reliability metrics and performance. Lead and/or support audit compliance, root-cause analysis processes, which includes monitoring and reporting established metrics for the site; i.e. Asset Health Index, total maintenance cost, emergency downtime, schedule adherence, planning efficiency, audit compliance, etc.

  • Partner with Ag Services resources to develop strategies for the operation of assigned areas (electrical, mechanical, systems, operations, etc.) including technical optimization of processes.

  • Develop, maintain and apply consistent maintenance and reliability best practices;

i.e. safety programs, audits, Reliability Centered Maintenance methodology, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, etc., to determine optimum defect elimination strategies. viii. Responsible for gaining/maintaining extensive knowledge and understanding of the latest maintenance and reliability practices, innovations, technology and trends and the practical application of those adding value to the business.

  • Support operations by analyzing and developing conclusions in regards to failures, downtime and lost production, identify opportunities to improve process reliability and/or determine acceptable risk tolerance for assets.

  • Establish and manage departmental and maintenance area budgets. Responsible for cost control of repairs and maintenance including labor and parts.

  • Control Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) costs

  • Identify and maintain critical spare parts inventory to ensure needed parts are available and utilize strategic sourcing agreements to optimize value.

  • Replace expensive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts with lower cost or generic parts when acceptable alternatives are available ensuring the functionality and reliability of the part or equipment is not compromised.

  • Standardize MRO parts throughout the facility.

  • Work with production management to create an integrated production/maintenance schedule.

  • Integrate work order scheduling to minimize production downtime for maintenance and repair. ii. Integrate production departments in work order generation to resolve equipment issues before they cause production interruptions.

iii. Champion the creation and application of operator and maintenance level preventative maintenance checks and services consistent with the plants equipment maintenance strategy.

Manage and maintain an effective equipment history, work history, and preventative maintenance program using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).

Ensure that all maintenance work is documented.

Serve as the central point of contact for all CMMS issues.

Provide training and assistance to employees who use the CMMS.

Sanitation and Environmental
  • Ensure all members of the maintenance department understand and comply with the sanitation requirements for work within the facility and embrace the “clean as you go” concept.

  • Ensure all deficiencies in environmental compliance equipment are promptly detected and all work is promptly scheduled and completed.

Project Management

  • Manage ongoing maintenance and reliability related projects (asset reliability and defect elimination) utilizing a broad knowledge of Maintenance and reliability practices and procedures.

  • Directly lead and/or oversee general project planning, payback justification, cost estimation and project planning.

  • Recommend and approve selection of contractors/suppliers. Manage and analyze maintenance vendor issues and contract administration.

  • Oversee and ensure reliability design criteria is included and adhered to basis total cost of ownership and reliability requirements.

Talent Management

  • Responsible for people management and development including retention, recruiting and team engagement.

  • Champion education and training to improve the skills and talent of the maintenance staff.

  • Identify weaknesses or deficiencies in the skill set of individual maintenance employees and determine the most effective avenue (OJT, formal education, etc.) to improve them. ii. Identify goals and objectives of individual maintenance employees and provide options and tools to achieve them.

  • Responsible for the appropriate scheduling and delegation of activities for a team of maintenance/reliability employees and third party contractors.

  • Train maintenance staff on the equipment and tools available to make the proper and permanent repairs.

  • Manage and control labor costs, effectively utilizing time and over time as an asset.

  • Support production departments with sufficient amount of trained maintenance staff to achieve production requirements.

  • Schedule a sufficient number of maintenance personnel to support the production departments to mitigate equipment related downtime.

  • Manage employee scheduling to minimize maintenance overtime.

Workplace Quality

  • Create a professional working relationship with all levels within the plant that facilitates open and accurate dialog to reduce non-compliance with the plant’s policy and procedures

  • Assimilate discussions or issues presented in the weekly Business Review Meeting or daily morning meetings into action either in the short or intermediate term to reduce or eliminate production issues or restrictions.

  • Contribute to the discussion to establish a clear and consistent course of action to reduce or eliminate production issues or restrictions.

  • Apply administrative and disciplinary actions fairly and consistently with the intent to modify behavior to improve the individual’s contribution to the plant.

  • Create relationships with subordinates that facilitate communication to determine the root cause and most effective alternative to negative or counterproductive activity. ii. Ensure administrative or disciplinary action taken is understood by all parties and that the action being taken is to modify behavior and not to punish or humiliate anyone.


  • Ensure that all purchases and invoices are properly processed and paid within the terms and conditions of the contract.

  • All purchases are approved before the goods and services are rendered to the facility

  • Verify that all contracts for services are approved before the contractors arrive on site

  • Institute and maintain the Sarbanes-Oxley program

  • Be a role model for other employees, contractors and visitors on the tenets and application of the Sarbanes-Oxley program

QualificationsEducationRequired Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related technical degree and 5 years maintenance and/or operations experience ORHigh school diploma/GED equivalent combined with 10 years maintenance and/or operations related experience.ExperienceThree or more years of proven operations leadership, having direct experience in successfully leading changeDemonstrated experience with hands on troubleshooting of industrial equipmentExperience managing complex projects Ability to plan and execute work with minimal supervisionExperience creating and executing plans to drive organizational resultsSkillsDemonstrated ability to identify and implement detailed solutions to complex technical problems involving multiple technologiesProficiency in computer skills including use of spreadsheets and understanding of databases.Strong competencies in the areas communication, teamwork, interpersonal effectiveness, organization and time management and process discipline.Demonstrated strong leadership skills and ability to develop othersBusiness fluency in EnglishAbility to deal with ambiguityKnowledge of Vibration, Infrared, Machinery Lubrication Technology, Ultrasonic, and Motor Circuit Evaluation predictive technologies.Passion for Maintenance and process improvementPreferred EducationCertified Maintenance Reliability Profession (CMRP) certificationBachelor's degreeExperienceTwo or more years of Reliability Based Maintenance utilization.Strong business experience and understanding Agri-Business.Prior experience utilizing a computerized maintenance management system to manage maintenance activities.Application of precision maintenance techniquesTraining in Cause Mapping AnalysisTraining in Reliability Centered Maintenance AnalysisTraining in work management processes such as planning and scheduling.Training and knowledge/management of proactive maintenance.

Req ID No.: 2016-3307