• Head of Maintenance

    Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
    Job ID 2018-1087
    # of Openings
  • Overview


    We're Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the plant-powered food and beverage company of the future. Our mission is to innovate delicious plant-powered foods for mindful nourishment. We're led by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, crafting, concocting and cold-brewing beautifully bottled goodness from the San Joaquin Valley. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of warrior Queen Califia, the goddess of bounty and abundance who ruled over the mythical island of California. We make our daily decisions using these five core values: Do, Learn Improve; Act Like an Owner; Challenge the Status Quo; The Bottle is Half Full; and Using our Sixth Sense (being conscious of our impact on others and the planet).

    In a snapshot:

    • Founded in 2010
    • 250+ full time staff and contracted employee
    • Headquarters in Downtown L.A. Arts District and Manufacturing in Bakersfield, CA
    • We believe in Shared Leadership where team members are heard and leadership is broadly distributed
    • We are committed to our people and to our communities' sustainability


    This will be a highly engaged Head of Maintenance who will use a Total Productive Maintenance approach to support plant productivity. The ideal candidate will lead by example and will be present and active on the packaging and processing floor. This person will have strong leadership skills and will create an engaged, performance-based environment.


    The ideal person will have experience using maintenance management systems to manage parts, preventive maintenance, understand equipment life cycle costs, plan work and ensure work completion, and manage the maintenance department with measures. He or she will be adept at using preventive and predictive maintenance methods to continuously improve equipment uptime. When necessary, this person will be hands on with troubleshooting, equipment repairs, and managing projects.  


    This person must be a team player who is highly collaborative and supportive of the broader plant team. 


    • Develops and implements a TPM model that continuously increases uptime.
    • Development, alignment & implementation of reliability excellence practices/programs, project planning and contractor/vendor management.
    • Development of training & support programs for people management and people development.
    • Establish protocols and guidelines for all maintenance activities in the plant.
    • Leads the maintenance team in a way that is positive and supportive yet holds team members accountable for their performance.
    • Leads review and analysis on maintenance/ability maintenance metrics and performance, performs gap analysis and develops improvement action plan.
    • Makes proposals for upgrading, replacement and modifications of defective devices and machines in line with plant operation features and regulatory standards.
    • Implements leading Reliability Excellence practices and drives improvements by monitoring KPIs.
    • Participates in plant capital project planning, cost estimation, payback justification.
    • Manages execution phase of all maintenance projects in the plant.
    • Responsible for or the people management and development in the Maintenance Department including recruiting, training, assigning, retention and engagement of capable personnel.
    • Establish and manage maintenance budget. We are seeking a team player with a positive can-do attitude, who has integrity and excellent operator skills in accordance within high safety standards. discipline.




    • 5-10 years in a processing and bottling manufacturing facility (ESL dairy preferred)
    • Technical knowledge of pasteurizers, homogenizers and fillers
    • 3-5 Years in a Maintenance Supervisory role
    • Must have knowledge and understanding of processing equipment and food manufacturing processes, Food Plant Security, GMPs, HACCP, and Safety procedures.
    • Must have the ability to learn, Organic Handling Procedures, Allergen Control Program, Glass and Hard Plastic, Quality related policies, and Safety programs.



    • 2 Years in a Maintenance Management role
    • Expertise with electrical troubleshooting automated equipment
    • Ability to troubleshoot VFD’s/PLC’s and other common electrical issues
    • Knowledge and understanding on instrumentation (flow meters, pressure transmitters, level sensors, etc.)


    The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


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