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Supervisor-Maintenance in CA - Abbotsford, BC at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 5/10/2018

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Job Summary:

Reporting to the Superintendent-Production, the Supervisor-Maintenance (S-M) will be responsible to safely and efficiently maintain the physical plant and equipment, including overall responsibility for the direction and supervision of the operation’s team of Millwright and Electrician trades.  In addition, the S-M will be responsible for procuring and supervising contract maintenance services.  Furthermore, in partnership with other key members of the team, the S-M will focus on maintenance and modernization capital project execution and will contribute directly to the Production team’s manufacturing continuous improvement initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Report all incidents, accidents and/or hazards and cooperate with the JHSC to improve safety.
  • Comply with the B. C. Workers Compensation Act, particularly the “Duties of a Supervisor” as stated in Division 3, Section 114.
  • Communicate, coach and enforce divisional health and safety rules, policies and procedures within the maintenance team.
  • Ensure maintenance employees develop a safe-work culture in the conduct of maintenance work.
  • Communicate positively and pro-actively with staff and hourly employees, as required.   Ensuring understanding of their position and operational objectives they support.
  • Build team capabilities by providing and/or participating in development and skill training, as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Superintendent-Manager or Plant Manager.
  • Provide appropriate leadership to maintenance team to explain need for quality focus in daily maintenance work activities.
  • Supporting the Supervisor-QA, advocate for maintenance practices that drive better outcomes for output quality, short and long term.With a sense of urgency that draws upon previous equipment repair expertise, proffer detailed go-forward options to Production team with potential risk factors and probabilities, leading to better decision-making for breakdown and planned repairs.
  • Schedule, supervise, lead/motivate maintenance activities and employees.
  • To assist culturally, coach and communicate maintenance department performance indicators such that department personnel are aware of their performance and positively engage with your expectations
  • Investigate and solve production problems that appear to involve inadequacies of equipment and/or operating techniques. 
  • In addition, review manufacturing processes and recommend process improvements driving future operational efficiencies.
  • Manage inventories of parts and equipment efficiently in accordance with risk and costs associated with unexpected downtime.
  • Liaise closely with the Superintendent-Production to establish optimal running conditions in order to avoid equipment breakdown damage and consequent operational losses and to maintain equipment in such a condition that Production personnel can achieve production objectives
  • Ensure that the preventative maintenance program is continuously improved in order to meet annually improved production targets by ensuring maintenance work is completed in accordance with approved schedules and budgets.  At the same time, employing a data-focused approach, improve our uptime predictability and forecasts of when equipment replacement is a better economic solution to continuing to maintain existing. 
  • Recommend modifications to, or replacement of, process equipment in order to provide increased running time through reduced maintenance downtime and/or costs.
  • In consultation with the Superintendent-Production, assist the Plant Manager in preparation of annual Maintenance Department budget and ensure that plant maintenance is administered at or below budget. 
  • Procure and supervise contract maintenance repairs and related services, and maintain overall responsibility for work quality including inspection and approval of the resulting work or services.

Education & Experience:

  • Journey tradesperson with 5+ years as M/W and/or Electrician and an additional 5+ yrs. as Maintenance Supervisor/Superintendent in a continuous manufacturing/process setting where Millwrights and Electricians are the lead trades.
  • Engineer (preferred Mechanical) from recognized program with 5+ years’ experience including responsibility as Project Engineer with trades’ supervisory experience.
  • Strong basing in computerized predictive & preventative maintenance programs.
  • Proven record of successfully maintaining a manufacturing facility with increasing responsibility supervising a team of qualified journeymen trades.
  • Prior experience in leading change and supervising trades-people in a unionized operation is mandatory.
  • Computer literacy is essential (Outlook, Word, Excel and CMMS on a recognized ERP platform).
  • Experience in a multi-line operation would be an asset.