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Maintenance Supervisor - Backshift

Company: Prairie Farms
Location: Battle Creek
Posted on: July 12, 2021

Job Description:


Job Description



Title:                                                            Maintenance Backshift Supervisor

Classification/Job Grade:                   Salary 

Location:                                                    Battle Creek, MI

Department:                                            Maintenance

Supervised by:                                        Maintenance Manager                                                 

Job Summary:   

The Maintenance Backshift Supervisor, in cooperation with supervisors, leads and operators in each area, is responsible for the effective execution of warehousing, shipping and/or storage of finished goods

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

        ·         Communicate with and collaborate with all departments to ensure that plans are aligned and operations remain fully functional.

·         Motivate, lead and manage a passionate and diverse personnel group that operates based on a culture of teamwork, accountability and continuous improvement.

·         Establish and hold people accountable to team and individual goals and objectives.

·         Practice safe working habits, ability to follow directions, and work with minimal supervision.

·         Strong knowledge and understanding of hydraulics, pneumatics, belt systems, motors, pumps, and other industrial machine components.

·         Ability to perform and supervise mechanical work, valve replacement, conveyor bearing and chain replacement, motor/gearbox replacement, lubrication systems.

·         Must possess the skills/knowledge of an Industrial Electrician to read and comprehend electrical schematics to install, troubleshoot, conduct preventative maintenance and perform repairs to facilities and production equipment to 480 Volts, 3-Phase.

·         Ability to troubleshoot and re-wire high speed equipment such as AC/DC motors, VFDs, PLCs, PLC I/O modules and servo motors.

·         Working knowledge of electrical controls systems, safety circuits, and automation components such as inductive proximity sensors, photoeye sensors, and mechanical limit switches.

·         Experience with boiler systems and ammonia refrigeration a plus.

·         Knowledge of safety policies and procedures is required (e.g. lock out / tag out, high voltage electrical).

·         Working knowledge of and the ability to use hand and power tools

·         Provide individual performance evaluations with primary focus being recognition and identification of improvement/growth opportunities.

·         Recommends measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and product quality.

·         Conducts training and safety training meetings as required

·         Maintain facilities to meet GMP and SQF standards.

·         Lead and support continuous development of SOP documentation and use.

·         Regularly inspects work areas and equipment to ensure OSHA standards are met.

·         Experience in the food industry a plus.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Managerial Responsibilities:   

  • Position carries out managerial responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Core Competencies


  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Accepts feedback from others; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Displays passion and optimism; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote product quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly



  • Education: High school diploma or GED required. Associates degree or trade skills preferred.
  • Experience: Industrial Maintenance experience in a leadership role preferred.
  • Language/Communication: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Ability to lead and communicate with a multi-cultural and multi-lingual personnel team.
  • Reasoning: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Inventory software and Manufacturing software, as well as general Email and Internet research capabilities.
  • Schedule: Willing to work during second or third shifts and weekends. Willing to be flexible with work schedule by working various hours before and after shifts. Willing to schedule and attend meetings during off-shift hours.



Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be frequently exposed moving mechanical parts and forklifts. 
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to wet / humid / cold conditions (non-weather).
  • The noise level in the work environment may be loud.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and sit.
  • The employee may occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Prairie Farms, Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. This job overview is not all inclusive.  In addition, reserves the right to amend this job overview at any time. 

Keywords: Prairie Farms, Battle Creek , Maintenance Supervisor - Backshift, Other , Battle Creek, Michigan

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