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Plant Technical Manager (Ontario Plant) 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Maintenance  
Location Ontario, CA Plant  
Req Number MAI-17-00001  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Shift First  
About the Organization Ventura Foods is a leading national manufacturer and marketer of branded and custom made shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces, margarines, culinary bases and pan coatings for the foodservice and retail industries. From East to West, Ventura keeps pace with the dynamic food marketplace by delivering high quality products at competitive prices. In fact, our company's growth is fueled by long-lasting profitable partnerships that benefit all parties. We do this by meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world by applying the strengths of our commercial resources, the talents of our employees and the opportunities created by new technologies. Throughout our rich history, one thing hasn't changed: the dedication to our customers and the consumers we are proud to serve.


This position will be responsible providing oversight to and managing all the technical functions at the Ontario plant. This will include:  New Initiatives, Process Engineering, Capital Project Management, Maintenance, Facilities and Utilities systems at the site. This position will also be the key interface for the engineering function to the site and will be responsible for developing and managing the site asset strategy and infrastructure plans. The individual in this position will have in-depth understanding of Maintenance Systems and continuous improvement methodologies and will have had a track record of implementing a LEAN/TPM/WCM culture in a plant technical organization. Additionally, the person in this position will have a good working knowledge of ammonia refrigeration, PSM Programs, Autonomous Maintenance, Early Equipment Management, HVAC and utilities systems in order to properly structure and coach teams to effectively manage and maintain the infrastructure from both a performance and regulatory standpoint.

  • Lead and develop plant facilities and processing engineering, maintenance and waste water team within including objective setting, development planning, coaching and feedback.
  • Develop and implement site strategy for plant assets, infrastructure and utilities.
  • Initiate and structure the plant maintenance program based on best practices in the food industry, with an emphasis on planning/scheduling and preventive/predictive maintenance.
  • Accountability for utilities systems (gas, electric, water) and ensuring a good CI program is implemented to continue to drive improvements and value to the business
  • Supervise, coordinate, evaluate changes and act as SME within facility relating to troubleshooting equipment, machinery, line improvements, etc.
  • Act as a member of the leadership team, providing technical expertise and opinion to drive production, quality, safety and customer focus.
  • Set up and check measurement system (Key performance indicators).
  • Develop yearly objectives and action plan to meet goals for improved production efficiencies.
  • Evaluate, develop and execute engineering projects for the facility; prioritize plant needs, develop and oversee implementation of Capital Plan; originate capital appropriation requests, develop project schedules and work teams; write contracts, coordinate project activities, control project funds, and implement startup/training procedures as necessary.
  • Recommend equipment/processing system modifications and/or replacement as needed to improve plant performance.
  • Remain up-to-date on technology related to plant operation.
  • Examines equipment, processes, operations, to determine efficiency or quality revisions, and suggests improvements.
  • Evaluates vendor and supplier proposals for new equipment purchases.
  • Oversees the development, evaluation or review of plans and criteria for a variety of activities such as downtime reduction projects, change analysis and procedure development.
  • Evaluates internal controls and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Manages the capital budget and develops the technical talent in the group.
  • Works with plant technical and operations resources to identify capital deployment opportunities.
Position Requirements
  • BS Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering.
  • 8-10 years of experience in the Manufacturing Process industry dealing with project work, preventative maintenance administration, maintenance workforce management, budget responsibility, federal regulations and requirements and project proposal and justification.
  • 5+ years’ experience in a TPM-LEAN / World Class Manufacturing (WCM) environment
  • Working knowledge of ammonia systems


Desired Qualifications

  • Must be able to effectively interface and collaborate with different levels of management and other departments to plan, schedule work and communicate and influence across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to interact with associates on the shop floor and being able to develop and mentor talent across the organization.
  • Excellent project management skills and structured approach to resolving problems
  • Familiar with Lean and Continuous Improvements and Methodologies
  • Requires advanced technical and working knowledge of computerized maintenance programs such as SAP-PM or JDE-EAM, PLCs, photo sensors, and automation technology.
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets with a keen eye on driving best value for the company
  • Good working knowledge of ammonia systems and PSM programs.
  • Knowledge of regulatory codes and standards such as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act), and NEC (National Electric Code), and NFPA (National Fire Protection Act).
  • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret product specifications, production schedules, quality documentation, and other process/ performance documentation in English.
  • Flexibility in work schedule hours to overlap with all three shifts as needed for direct management of the department.

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