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Maintenance and Reliability Manager

NatureWorks, LLC • Blair, NE
$60.10-69.71 /h
a month ago

Company Overview:

NatureWorks is an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers and chemicals to the packaging, polymers, fibers, and chemicals markets. Creating performance through chemistry, Vercet™ lactide-based solutions help innovators realize significant, measurable performance and cost advantages in products such as C.A.S.E. (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), toners, and surfactants. With performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers, naturally advanced Ingeo™ polymers are valued for their unique functional properties and used in products from coffee capsules and electronics to diapers and wipes. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand’s largest and ASEAN’s leading integrated petrochemical and refining company, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. www.natureworksllc.com; follow NatureWorks on Twitter @natureworks.

Job family:

Accountable for reliability governance and maintenance and reliability activities.  This includes the development, alignment & implementation of reliability excellence practices/programs; operational effectiveness and continuous improvement practices as well as prevention, maintenance and repair; project planning, contractor/vendor management; best practice application, training and support; and people/budget management.


Leverages, develops, and applies maintenance and reliability work processes, tools, and technology to deliver cost effective maintenance and unit reliability to the Blair Manufacturing Site.


  • Provides Strategic Ownership of the Maintenance/ Reliability program and development of the team.
  • Provides day to day direction for maintenance and reliability team and also career development / succession planning. • Drives improvement of maintenance and reliability performance/ work processes.
  • Accountable for all site maintenance (routine and turnarounds) and reliability projects.
  • Maintains compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Manages maintenance/reliability services sub-contractors in maintaining plant site systems including equipment documentation, training, maintenance, reliability and spare parts.
  • Develops and implements the annual strategic objectives and budget for the Maintenance & Reliability team to support the directives for the plant and monitors performance and cost effectiveness to meet goals.
  • Supports the achievement of overall site operational objectives related to safety, health, environment, production, cost, asset mechanical reliability, equipment reliability, equipment availability, labor force utilization, etc.
  • Uses reliability engineering principles and tools (Reliability Modeling, RCM, RCA) to achieve company AU and AMR goals.
  • Provides maintenance/reliability input to Capital Project activities by participating in front end loading activities such as:  Process Simplification, Value Engineering, Maintenance Strategy, Reliability Modeling, etc.
  • Monitors timely completion of safety, environmental, and equipment related corrective actions to meet site management expectations.
  • Accountable for overall effectiveness of maintenance work process.
  • Optimizes the interface to other work processes on site and within NatureWorks LLC.
  • Ensures networking with other parent company plants to identify common opportunities and drives a long term maintenance strategy.
  • Participates in plant assessments study and efforts to implement corrective actions to maintain or improve plant conditions.
  • Develop and implement operating discipline that will improve reliability.
  • Develop and implement spare parts strategy for all critical equipment.
  • Applies long term cost of ownership and reliability engineering principles to design reliability into our purchasing requirements.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in equipment and repair techniques, by providing technical expertise to plant personnel on troubleshooting failures, repairs, and evaluating whether equipment is designed to meet its intended or existing service conditions.



Education and Experience Required:

  • BS Mechanical or Chemical Engineering with 15+ years in Maintenance/ Reliability Engineering/ Management
  • 10+ years of progressive Leadership experience in chemical plant maintenance


Other (knowledge, skills and abilities):

  • Deep knowledge of Industrial plant equipment and Maintenance practices. Including Rotating; fixed mechanical; instrumentation; electrical equipment.  To include ASME Section VIII Pressure Vessel Code; B31.1 Process Piping; API 510 and 570.  API 610 and ANSI -ASME B73.1 for Centrifugal pumps.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Predictive technologies – Vibration Analysis; InfraRed; Oil Analysis; Motor Current Analysis; Ultrasonics.
  • Knowledge of Maintenance repair techniques such as alignments, welding, rigging, inspection methods. Understanding of planning, scheduling and reliability principles.
  • Applies equipment and plant understanding to troubleshoot and solve problems quickly in field
  • Ability to communicate at all levels with technical experts; maintenance technicians; Vendor and Manufacturers
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, SAP.
  • Strong customer focus and service orientation with the ability to interact effectively with employees and vendors at all levels in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Clear written and verbal communication, interpersonal and team building, strong leadership, initiative, organization, problem solving and analytical ability.
  • Demonstrates speed and flexibility as appropriate in responding and adapting to changes.
  • Promotes cooperation within the team and between teams.
  • Solid understanding of maintenance and reliability “best practices”
  • Knowledge of Behavior Based Safety Programs
  • Knowledge of maintenance scheduling processes and tools
  • Knowledge of Root Cause Analysis
  • Knowledge of Operating Discipline
  • Knowledge of Failure Analysis and failure modeling processes
  • Knowledge of Pd/PM process and spare parts identification process
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply risk assessment principles
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply reliability measurements
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply Reliability Engineering principles and related tools/software (Statistical analysis, Reliability Modeling, FMEA, RCM, RCA, SOS, RBI, etc.)


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Normal schedule is Monday – Friday, with occasional OT, weekends and call outs during plant upsets, equipment failures, etc.
  • Primary environment is combination of office and Manufacturing plant environment.
  • Requires use of office equipment such as computers, telephones, and copiers.
  • Required sitting and computer-related activities for extended periods of time.


$125,000-$145,000 depending on experience.


We believe that each employee makes a significant contribution that should not be limited by assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the employee nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the services we provide to our customers.