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Maintenance Manager

Le Center, MN

Why should you join our team?

Our company is rapidly growing offering potential career growth opportunities. Dessert Holdings is North America’s fastest growing premium dessert company, recognized for providing retail and foodservice customers with chef-inspired innovative desserts made with real ingredients, a flexible and low-cost supply chain, and best in class service. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, it is a collection of premium dessert companies and brands: Steven Charles, The Original Cakerie, Lawler’s Desserts, Atlanta Cheesecake Company and most recently, Dianne’s Fine Desserts. Dessert Holdings is owned by Bain Capital and is continuing its journey of rapid growth.

The company employs approximately 3,000 people across eight manufacturing facilities and its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. The manufacturing facilities are geographically dispersed, with two facilities in Canada and one each in Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and North Carolina.

A leading provider of premium frozen thaw-and-serve desserts to the foodservice industry, Dianne’s Fine Desserts® has been serving up inspiring, mouth-watering and memorable desserts for over 40 years. The Company’s product line includes cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and tarts, brownies/bars, individual minis and specialty desserts; all created at two state-of-the art GFSI-certified manufacturing facilities. Dianne’s Fine Desserts has strong core markets, an established customer base and product lines that anticipate consumer demand and support customer initiatives and goals.

This position manages the maintenance personnel and activities to ensure timely repairs and major equipment and furnishings are maintained in a safe, operable condition to optimize the efficiency of the facility.  The Maintenance Manager reports directly to the Plant Manager.  The incumbent works closely with all management and supervisory personnel.
  • Develops, implements and reviews regularly, site-specific maintenance logs for department.
  • Coordinates, arranges, and supervises, or provides for the completion of corrective and preventive maintenance in accordance with company operating procedures, practices and financial considerations. 
  • Evaluates long-term needs in relation to major projects and factory improvements.
  • Ensures that equipment and facility are maintained in a safe, operable condition and/or arrange for replacement/upgrades.
  • Establishes procedures and contacts to ensure timely repairs of equipment.
  • Provide maintenance training to include the effective utilization of the maintenance logs, completion of routine maintenance specific to facility, equipment operations and support.
  • Directs workers in electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment.
  • Assists workers in diagnosing malfunctions in machinery and equipment.
  • Directs workers engaged in dismantling, assembling, and installing industrial machinery.
  • Prepares requisitions and determines the number of spare parts to be kept in inventory.
  • Schedules safety training, monthly safety meetings, member of safety committee, and provides technical support for all safety projects, and supports implementation of the 9-key element process.
  • Establishes or adjusts work procedures to meet production schedules.
  • Recommends measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product.
  • Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase efficiency of shop, department, or work crew.
  • Assist in maintaining departmental operating budget at a positive variance by effectively utilizing the work force and equipment.
  • Analyzes production downtime reports, determines opportunities, and initiates action plan to increase efficiencies.
  • Maintains facility and assets to USDA, FDA, OSHA, and EPA guidelines.
  • Human resource responsibilities will include department interviewing/evaluating/hiring prospective employees, goal setting, performance evaluation, employee relations, training, recognition, EEO opportunities and compliance with internal/external guidelines.
  • Special projects as directed by manager and/or as requested by other functional managers in the factory.

  • Ability to identify and solve problems.
  • The incumbent should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in related field or 5 to 7 years-related experiences and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • General knowledge of Allen Bradley PLCs.
  • Must possess mechanical/analytical and technical skills.
  • Understanding of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and refrigeration systems.
  • Must have excellent writing/verbal communication skills and ability to provide leadership, teamwork and cooperation.
  • Must have excellent planning and organization skills.
  • Understanding of direct and overhead cost systems.
  • Must have good computer skills.
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule to include days, afternoons, midnights, and weekend work..
  • Must have the knowledge of good manufacturing practices, and food processing equipment.  Be safety and quality minded and have the ability to make sound decisions.  Understand OSHA/FDA/USDA/EPA requirements.
  • In order to perform the essential functions of this position, the incumbent must have mobility to move around the factory environment and equipment.  This may require climbing, lifting up to maximum of 100 lbs, working in awkward spaces, etc
  • Good verbal and written communication skills necessary.
  • Must be knowledgeable in GMP, HACCP, and sanitation and safety regulations.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essentials functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations maybe
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Both office environment and factory environment.
  • Fast paced, working with manual and automated processes and equipment.
  • Factory climate changes with the season and employee must dress accordingly.
  • The facility produces product that will require employees to work with allergens, including, but not limited to: milk, soy, wheat, egg, tree nuts and peanuts.
Physical Abilities Frequency Lift /Carry Frequency
Stand Constantly 0-10 pounds Constantly
Walk Constantly 11-20 pounds Constantly
Sit Occasionally 21-50 pounds Occasionally
Use of Hands Constantly 51-100 pounds Occasionally with assistance
Reaching outward Occasionally Over 100 pounds Occasionally with assistance
Reaching above shoulder Occasionally Push or Pull  
Climb Occasionally 0-12 pounds Occasionally
Crawl Not Applicable 13-25 pounds Occasionally
Squat or Kneel Occasionally 26-40 pounds Occasionally
Bend Occasionally 41-100 pounds Occasionally with assistance
Not Applicable Activity is not applicable to this occupation – request assistance if needed
Occasionally Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5 hours a day)
Frequently Occupation requires this activity from 33-66% of the time (2.5-5.5 hours a day)
Constantly Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5 + hours per day)
Other Physical Requirements
  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Hair net, face mask, ear plugs, boots, smock, and frequent hand washing)
  • Prolonged periods of standing/walking in the plant
Dianne's Fine Desserts is an equal opportunity employer

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