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O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc. Maintenance Supervisor (Overnight) in Batavia, New York


Under the direction of the Maintenance Manager, the Maintenance Supervisor supervises mechanics across different shifts. Carries out supervisory responsibilities, in accordance with O-AT-KA's policies and applicable regulations. Responsibilities include assigning and directing work, assisting workers, investigating accidents and issues, effectively resolving conflict, motivating and training workers, effectively communicating and listening to workers at all levels within the organization, performance management, planning work assignments to fully utilize personnel, enforce and support all policies, procedures and work rules.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the Maintenance Manager position in their absence.

  • Carry out the departmental production plans and to jointly establish objectives.

  • First responder to troubleshooting activities, leading and assigning crew members and utilizing all available resources to correct maintenance issues and/or equipment/system breakdowns in an expedient manner.

  • Responsible for assessing maintenance impact online performance with respect to improving uptime, cost reduction, maintenance labor allocation and line output focusing on product quality.

  • Communicate daily activity of work order status with Production Supervisors and coordinate shift-to-shift handoff.

  • Document all modifications to equipment, systems and respective documentation.

  • Responsible for the execution of the Shift Plan for planned work orders, predictive/preventative maintenance, on-the-floor training and assisting in the planning for the follow-on shifts.

  • Understand and promote food quality, personal safety, good manufacturing practices, production standards and maintenance mechanical/electrical/PLC standards.

  • Provides leadership to employees to achieve departmental objectives, while following Standard Operating Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices, Safe Work Practices, Standard Sanitation and Security Procedures along with established SQF & HACCP practices to ensure consistent high-Quality products and a safe work environment.

  • Meet all operation requirements. Follow-up with employees to investigate all variances. Keep all supervisory staff informed of lost time to ensure adequate time for scheduled adjustments.

  • Report to the Manager on all operation issues during the shift, or as they become available. Investigate all events and provide full details of facts leading to the event, along with conclusions, and recommendations. Communicate openly to all other O-AT-KA Supervisor/Management staff, sharing problems and solutions.

  • Ensure that all areas of responsibility are fully staffed. Ensure that all employees are fully trained on equipment, regulatory requirements, safety and sanitation of the rooms and equipment, troubleshooting, etc..

  • Develop, upgrade and maintain SOP's for all processes within the department. Ensure that all employees are fully aware of these SOP's and able to carry out their responsibilities.

  • Partner with Production, Quality Assurance and R&D to maintain an ongoing uninterrupted operation to produce high quality products, while maintaining the department in an acceptable manner. Lead Preventative Maintenance programs and Quality programs for areas.

  • Supervise employees within a union environment. Administer O-AT-KA policies & practices in a timely and equitable manner, to maintain a safe, healthy, efficient, and harmonious work environment.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience & Education Required:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year College or University, or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of two (2) years supervisory experience, with proven ability in planning, organizing, motivation, controlling and leadership.

Knowledge & Skills - Required:

  • Dairy and/or food processing knowledge, especially Mixing & Blending, Retort operations, automatic packaging, mechanics of systems and equipment and sanitation and safety.

  • Use of high volume highly automated processing equipment.


The Maintenance Supervisor is exposed to O-AT-KA customer and product information on a consistent basis.

Management Responsibility

The Maintenance Supervisor directly manages union workforce employees. This position operates under the guidance and general direction of the Maintenance Manager.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts, high speed and processing equipment; is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals; is frequently exposed to moderate to high noise levels in the work environment.

The hours for this position are Monday-Friday 11:00pm - 8:30am with required weekend on-call scheduled rotation.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)