Factory Engineering Manager

Manufacturing/Operations Tulare, California


(3592 - Factory Engineering Manager - Tulare, Ca)

Are you looking to catapult your career by driving high-impact transformation with household brands?  Do you crave an entrepreneurial, fast paced and engaging growth assignment working with incredible people from across the globe?

At Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, we are excited to start a new chapter of accelerated growth as part of Froneri – a global pure-play ice cream leader. Come help us transform DGIC into the #1 ice cream brand! With nearly 100 years of winning experience in the U.S, a robust portfolio of powerhouse brands that consumers know and love such as Häagen-Dazs, Drumstick, Dreyer’s & Edy’s, and the backing and coaching of European-based ice cream experts, we know we have the winning recipe.

Headquartered in Oakland, the Bay Area’s hub for up and coming food trends, our teams across our offices and factories are raising the bar on all things ice cream. We are investing in significant capital expansions to grow our Operations and Supply chain, and are transforming how we work at every level to become agile, accelerate growth and elevate our quality. With a renewed focus on frozen treats, our tight-knit team of ambitious innovators are fully immersed in the business and encouraged to flex and make decisions quickly. We are committed to pursuing every great idea and delivering the best ice cream experience for our consumers, when and where they want it. Unleash your potential at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and discover what a sweet career we have in store for you.

Position summary:

The Maintenance Engineering Manager provides technical direction and leadership to the Maintenance and Engineering group. Role ensures that the sites fixed assets are capable of performing and consistently fit for the purpose for which they are intended. This role is about asset reliability and overall plant performance.


Primary responsibilities:

Run Maintenance and Improvement plans and objectives

•Propose and implement work processes, procedures and technical resources 
•Lead and coordinate the maintenance team and maintain competencies, motivation and performance to achieve the mission and objectives.
•Propose and control the budget and monitor to our key performance indicators.
•Build successful interaction between production and warehouse teams in equipment repairs and maintenance.
•Demonstrate and promote the company's values within the Maintenance and Engineering team.

Functional responsibilities:
Safety first!
•Ensure that the technical integrity and availability of equipment follows all regulations and that Good Engineering Practices are applied at all times.
•Ensure the implementation of all repairs/modifications resulting from gap assessments, plant audits and notifications.
•Provide mechanics and operators with direct on the line real time mentoring in machinery and line operation skills.
•Systematically review all lines, processes and utilities that are essential to the business and those where failure can have an unacceptable impact on safety, environment or compliance with the law.
•Ensure that Continuous Improvement becomes a key pillar of our culture.
•Implement Consequence Driven Maintenance (CDM) as the multi-discipline, team based approach to actively maintain / improve the reliability and performance of our assets.
•Establish and run the yearly, monthly, weekly maintenance plans to ensure essential maintenance is completed within a reasonable time.
•Monitor plant/equipment to ensure efficient operation and reduction of planned/unplanned downtime.
•Optimize Predictive Maintenance technologies (Condition Monitoring and inspections) to minimize unplanned downtime.
•Utilize Planned Downtime for Scheduled and Condition-Based Maintenance with Work Orders.
•Develop and implement improvements to minimize downtime for line change and cleaning.
•Liase with Production, Quality Management every day to resolve technical and/or operational issues. (Stoppage Analysis from Downtime Reporting System).
•Lead our shutdown and start-up work programs to minimize the risks to the product, people and production losses.
•Manage the technical stores, scheduled Work Orders, labor hour allocation and the equipment Bill of Material (BOM).
•Ensure that the job planning, material and services planning is accurate and effective.
•Ensure that the equipment history, damage code and root cause analysis are completed correctly.



Requirements and minimum education level:
•Bachelor degree required, engineering disciplines preferred, but will consider other technical degrees.
•Minimum 5 years of experience in a progressively responsible maintenance role, preferably in food manufacturing facility. Will consider strong maintenance leaders from other industries.
•Supervisory/management experience in previous assignment is a required.

•In-depth knowledge of food processing equipment maintenance and technology is preferred, but extraordinary maintenance background from other industries will be considered.
•Demonstrated TPM / Continuous Improvement mindset, knowledge and application is essential.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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 is regularly required to walk, climb stairs, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand; use hands to finger; handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; taste or smell; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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 is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is required to work in an environment that may include exposure to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, electricity, and vibrations. PPE and training are provided to eliminate/reduce the risk of harm. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.