Cargill Maintenance and Reliability Manager in Kansas City, Missouri

Maintenance and Reliability Manager

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Direct accountability, leadership and oversight of maintenance staff, including planners, coordinators, administrators and internal and external crafts to achieve reliability objectives for an oilseed crush plant, biodiesel facility, vegetable oil refinery, packaging facility or similar combination.

Responsible to the Plant Manager for increasing plant reliability, performance efficiency, minimizing unscheduled/unplanned plant interruptions and reducing costs associated to failures. Responsible for employee engagement by building positive working relationships and an environment where employees will want to offer their ideas. Develop and improve skill sets of internal craft resources. Execute correct application of reliability strategies such as equipment maintenance strategies, failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), on-condition and predictive technologies (PdM), reliability centered maintenance (RCM), capitalized asset replacement, craft skills development, planning, scheduling, warehousing and purchasing processes, kaizen, precision maintenance and cause analysis with the purpose to prevent functional failure of assets. Expected execution of aligned reliability practices will reduce operating cost while improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and asset utilization by identifying and correcting early onset of failures and eliminating root causes.

This position will supervise, manage and coordinate the execution of the maintenance schedule ensuring safety, quality and precision while maximizing craft efficiency by preparing and ensuring the equipment is ready and all parts, special tools, equipment and permits are available before crafts people are deployed. Troubleshoot equipment failures and oversee coordination of proactive and reactive activities on a day-to-day basis. This position will review all completed work orders for completeness and craft feedback as well as possible improvements in repair techniques, materials of construction, or other activities.

Principal Accountabilities

  • 30% Supervision of crafts persons and reliability support staff, performance management and skills enhancement process

  • 20% Stabilize, optimize, & manage equipment maintenance strategies

  • 20% Lead, supervise and coordinate daily proactive, reactive and modifications work

  • 10% Manage & optimize MRO purchasing, inventory and warehousing activities

  • 10% Cause analysis investigation and defect elimination processes

  • 10% Reliability improvement engineering and capitalized asset replacement

Occasional physical interaction with processing equipment

Periodic travel up to 10%



  • Minimum 10 years maintenance management experience or production management experience including direct reports and/or managing contractors

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience utilizing maintenance/reliability strategies (planning, scheduling, cause analysis, predictive maintenance technologies, Reliability Excellence, RCM, etc.) and related tools/metrics

  • Ability to develop and manage good working relationships with internal departments (production, sales, logistics, accounting), contractors, suppliers, inspectors and customers

  • Strong mechanical, automation and electrical knowledge and aptitude

  • Ability to take off-hour calls and rotate on call accountability with facility staff as necessary

  • Strong understanding of local, state and federal requirements along with ability to apply Cargill's policies and procedures in the areas of safety, environmental, and food/feed safety

  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to speak candidly and provide constructive feedback

  • Ability to make independent decisions

  • Demonstrated effective systematic problem-solving skills

  • Ability to lead, manage, and implement change

  • Proficient leading, developing, and engaging hourly work force


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or technical discipline

  • Failure cause analysis experience

  • RCM/FMEA experience

  • Budget preparation and analysis experience

  • Experience in a USDA/FDA regulated food or feed processing facility

  • Lean manufacturing experience

  • SMRP/CMRP Certification

  • Working knowledge of predictive maintenance technology (vibration, ultrasound, infrared, oil analysis, motor circuit analysis, non-destructive testing, etc.)

  • Advanced computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, Project, computerized maintenance management system and SAP or equivalent enterprise resource planning software)

  • Planning, supply procurement and warehousing, and scheduling experience

  • Working knowledge of production equipment

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Maintenance and Reliability

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: KAN00737