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Maintenance and Engineering Manager for The Lagunitas Brewing Co., Chicago

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  • Maintenance and Engineering Manager for The Lagunitas Brewing Co., Chicago

    Job Opportunity
    Maintenance & Engineering Manager
    Location: Chicago, IL
    March 11, 2013

    The Maintenance and Engineering Manager will plan, organize and lead a multi-faceted team in keeping our new, state of the art brewing and packaging facility at peak operational performance and efficiency. At the same time, this position ensures that employee safety and product quality are top priorities.


    • Hiring and development of a fully capable, cross-functional maintenance and engineering team for support of a “from the ground up” brewery
    • Orchestrates the activities of the M&E team in the installation, maintenance and repair of all brewing and packaging equipment, physical plant (steam, electricity, refrigeration, compressed air, water), building and grounds, as well as any other production related machinery and equipment, in a manner that supports a 24/7 operation
    • Coordinates engineering services and manages all engineering projects ensuring, safety, quality, environmental compliance and adherence to budget
    • Designs, implements and insures compliance to a plant wide preventive/predictive maintenance program via the use of Computerized Maintenance Management Software
    • Coaches direct reports and indirect reports in a manner that encourages ownership, positive attitude, focused drive and full engagement
    • Assists in the planning and execution of all capital improvement projects
    • Assists in annual budget planning and monitors adherence to departmental budget
    • Analyzes and reports performance against departmental KPI’s
    • Develops and keeps current all maintenance related SOP’s
    • Manages external supplier relationships as related to maintenance functions
    • Participates in all continuous improvement initiatives


    • A minimum of 7 years in a maintenance leadership role in the food or beverage industry. Brewing or high speed carbonated beverage packaging experience strongly preferred
    • B.Sc. in Engineering or Industrial Management preferred
    • Experience with pneumatic systems, industrial electricity, mechanical power, steam generation and distribution, industrial refrigeration, effluent treatment, and sanitary process piping systems strongly preferred
    • Experience with trouble shooting and programming of automated equipment control platforms (i.e., Allen- Bradley, Siemens PCS7, Rockwell Automation) strongly preferred
    • Prove leadership in the areas of Safety Management
    • Experience with CMMS
    • Exposure to CI techniques such as Lean or TPM
    • Capital project management experience
    • Results driven focus
    • Proven leadership experience to include; team building, coaching and motivation, change management, process management, as well as managing vision, impact and influence
    • Excellent communication skills such as the ability to clearly articulate issues, opportunities and risk when making decisions
    • Strong analytical and organizational skills
    • Ability to respond confidently and responsibly to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, etc.
    • Ability to effectively present information to senior leadership internally or externally

    Travel Requirements:
    • May be required to travel up to 25%

    Interested in applying?
    Please submit resume to
    Reference in subject line: Mt&EngChicago031113