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Ventura Foods

Ventura Foods

People & HR, Operations
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Employment Type: Salaried
Shift: Afternoons
Work Designation: Onsite
Employment Status: Full Time

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, the Maintenance Supervisor provides leadership and technical guidance to optimize the performance of all plant equipment through the execution and implementation of maintenance and continuous improvement projects. This position supervises the Maintenance team and is responsible for facilities and maintenance planning and scheduling coordination. The Technical Supervisor will help to develop the training needs for technicians and operators to enhance their craft skill levels. They will assist in the development and implementation of long-term strategies and solutions aimed at resolving technical problems, while providing a high level of service to the department’s internal customers. They will also support other areas of the business across the Canadian Operations as required/assigned.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Coordinate and assign technical resources and established priorities based on operational and business needs
  • Monitor work environment for compliance with cGMP’s, safety and housekeeping guidelines as required by SOP’s
  • Monitor and assist development of technicians, support the development of training materials/matrices and conduct training sessions for technicians, operators and other staff
  • Create an environment in which employees share knowledge and learnings with a positive regard for the needs and experiences of others
  • Communicate across all shifts any issues, root causes and corrective actions
  • Perform other duties as assigned and required

Equipment Set-up and Operability:

  • Ensure set-ups/equipment changeovers/repairs for packaging and processing equipment are done timely and correctly. Develop, improve and maintain changeover sheets, start-up checklists and procedures to ensure” first hour full power”
  • Develop equipment specific certification and training programs that include operation, set-up, PM, trouble shooting and repairs. Train and certify technicians on the equipment specific programs
  • Review, recommend and implement improvements in operation, autonomous maintenance and maintenance activities

Machinery/Repair/Equipment Maintenance:

  • Be familiar with all packaging, process and support equipment within the site
  • Initiate and participate in trouble shooting and corrective action investigation activities. Ensure technical aspects of proposed problem resolution is implemented as required
  • Maintain accurate inventory of equipment spare parts and change parts
  • Identify and purchase replacement equipment components through interfacing with technical personnel from external contractors/suppliers
  • Resolve failure modes of plant support equipment, including compressors, heat exchanges, dust collectors, vacuum systems, using facilities-focused resources
  • Conduct general troubleshooting of pneumatic and hydraulic systems, drive-mechanisms including but not limited to, motors, gearboxes, pulleys and bearings and of PLC/HMI, photo sensors, Vision Systems, thermal printers, etc.…
  • Review reliability of equipment and recommend improvements

Continuous Improvement:

  • Lead, actively participate and support OPEX initiatives
  • Develop, review and improve preventative maintenance work to reduce failure modes
  • Conceptualize and implement design upgrades to outmode devices and systems in an effort to increase efficiencies and reliability
  • Participate on new launch teams and provide feasibility information, assist in the development of specifications and acceptance protocols and initiate projects where appropriate
  • Review new equipment purchase specifications. Provide feedback with regards to equipment design and operability. Participate in Factory Acceptance tests, commissioning and start-up of new equipment installations. Aid in the installation of new equipment

Health and Safety:

  • Proactively identify and resolve safety concerns
  • Identify areas where training is required
  • Observe and conform to all OHSA and EH&S guidelines and procedures
  • Conduct risk and hazard assessments and actively participate and evaluate PSR’s
  • Participate in the establishment of annual EH&S

Education and Experience:

  • A minimum of 3 – 5 years supervisory experience
  • Experience in Food Manufacturing facilities
  • Engineering degree/diploma or equivalent maintenance experience
  • Millwright certification or Electrical License an asset

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be familiar with Processing and Packaging Equipment
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills
  • Broad engineering and/or maintenance background in manufacturing, filling and packaging environment
  • Knowledge of mechanical and electrical trouble shooting methods
  • Knowledge of how to use machine tools and hand tools safely and correctly
  • Working knowledge of PLC’s and PLC programming
  • Knowledge of CMMS principles of operation
  • Knowledge of safety responsibilities (legal and company procedures)
  • Strong computer skills (Power Point, Excel, Word, etc.…)

Why Join Us:
Ventura Foods innovates and manufactures food solutions for foodservice and retail businesses. We make exclusive products for the world's most iconic restaurants and retailers, we provide ready-to-go product solutions for professional kitchens, and we make consumer brands everyone knows and loves. When you work for Ventura Foods, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work. As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth because you invest in ours.

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits, with coverage beginning on your 1st day of employment.

  • Health, Prescription Drugs, Dental & Vision
  • RRSP Program
  • Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short & Long Term Disability, Out of Country/Emergency Medical Travel, and other optional benefits.
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs
  • College Assistance Program

Physical Demands:
Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling. Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance. Additional demands may be required.

Work Environment:
In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed. May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity. Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.

Diversity & Inclusion:
Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.

Ventura Foods Canada is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.