Dole Packaged Foods

Plant Maintenance Manager

Job Location US-GA-McDonough
Regular Full-Time


Dole Packaged Foods is a purpose led health and wellness organization that “champions a more equitable world.” A world where everyone has the right to nutrition from the goodness of the earth and we reduce these gaps, one action at a time.


The Plant Maintenance Manager is responsible for ensuring maximum uptime for production equipment in a cost-effective manner and meeting capital improvement cost and timeline objectives.


The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.

  • Initiate, implement, and manage the plant maintenance program based on best practices in the frozen food industry, with an emphasis on planning/scheduling and preventive/predictive maintenance.
  • Monitor the use and inventories of spare parts, maintenance supplies, and equipment and initiates reordering when necessary.
  • Establish and maintain a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) for tracking work orders, spare parts, and maintenance history of plant equipment.
  • Prepare reports, analyzes data, and makes recommendations for improving plant operations and solving maintenance-related problems.
  • Ensure that maintenance technicians are adequately trained, equipped, and motivated so that the maintenance program can be accomplished in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of maintenance department's budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor approved expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments
  • Communicate regularly with all maintenance technicians, both individually and as a group, to ensure good two-way communication concerning maintenance issues.
  • Maintain and updates operating and training manuals for the maintenance department.
  • Ensure that all maintenance technicians are trained on the most updated version of the operating procedures.
  • Review operation of plant equipment and systems constantly, to minimize unplanned downtime, anticipate solve problems in a timely manner, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Initiate and carry out projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs.
  • Track, analyze and improve key maintenance parameters such as asset utilization, maintenance cost, PM compliance, schedule compliance.
  • Maintain safety, health, and environmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensure city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to the maintenance department are met at all times.
  • Direct, maintain, and enforce the safety program for the maintenance department; reviews safety records to uphold standards of maximum safety for all maintenance technicians.
  • Communicate directly with the operations department to coordinate maintenance and repair work in process areas.
  • Drive start up efforts at the facility; lead the maintenance group during checkout and commissioning of the facility.
  • Recommend whether capital projects should be implemented in-house or by outside contractors.
  • Supervise execution of capital projects to ensure adherence to project timelines and cost projections.
  • Other duties as assigned


Experience, Knowledge, & Skills You Bring:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • 5+ years of maintenance experience in consumer goods manufacturing
  • 5+ years supervisory or management experience
  • Experience in frozen food manufacturing preferred
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operations.
  • Modern principles of maintenance program development and administration.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations 
  • Principles and practices of organization and administration
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:   

  • Passionate about a purpose driven career

Ability to:

  • Apply principles of conflict resolution to resolve interpersonal problems that arise.
  • Plan, direct, and review an effective maintenance program.
  • Effectively administer a variety of maintenance activities.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, local, and system policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Prepare and administer department's budget.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education & Certification:    

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Business Administration strongly preferred

Work Environment:   

  • Temperature controlled manufacturing environment (frozen fruit); maintenance shop and office environments

Physical Requirements:


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to climb stairs, lift and twist as needed. 
  • Ability to sit and use the computer for extended periods of time; ability to answer phones and use a variety of office equipment; ability to lift 15 pounds and reach overhead.
  • Must be able to bend/stoop/squat/twist/kneel and turn throughout workday, for varying lengths of time.
  • Must be able to reach with hands and arms below shoulder level to above shoulder level.
  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders.

Travel Requirements:

  • Estimated 15-20% of travel

Employment is contingent upon drug screening, background checks and skills test required for some positions.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.


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