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Project Manager/Maintenance Planner 1

Franklin Park, IL

Company description

Ferrero is a family-owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Bueno® and Kinder Surprise®. As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in 55 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? Nearly 35,000 dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them. 

Diversity Statement

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

About the Role:

The Maintenance Engineer will be responsible for the maintenance management aspects for the Production Unit, collaborating with the Produciton Manager and the Mechanical Manager in order to guarantee the maintenance expected performances (time, cost) and for the investment management related to the Production Unit.

Main Responsibilities:


  • Manages, under the direction of the Factory Maintenance Manager, the maintenance budget proposal, gathering all needed information from the UGP Manager, and participates to its management during the fiscal year, evaluating actual vs budget gap analysis and its impact
  • Collaborates with RMAN, TDM, RMS and RMT in elaborating investment budget proposals and monitoring related spend


  • Supports the TDM in defining failure data analysis methods and autonomous maintenance (production routine maintenance) application scope 
  • Participates, with TDM and RMT, to the analysis of failure information and line stops causes data 
  • Develop and maintain work instruction manuals and SOP’s pertaining to machinery and equipment belonging on its UGP


  • Makes the preventive and predictive maintenance plan, verifying equipment’s’ availability, other Production needs and maintenance resources availability (with RMS and RMT)
  • Responsible for Predictive Maintenance planning (PM frequency) in collaboration with the TDM
  • Consolidates, in conjunction with UGP Manager, the maintenance activity plan during main shutdowns, considering also postponed activities and/or improvement activities and verifying equipment’s’ availability in the respect of production program
  • Monitor the maintenance plan progress


  • Prepares the weekly / daily maintenance intervention plan, checking resources availability (together with RMS and RMT) and considering shifting / postponing options
  • Identifies corrective actions based on the equipment efficiency analysis, together with TDM
  • Evaluates the opportunity to allocate some maintenance activities to the production personnel, control the transfer process and evaluates related outcomes



  • Collects, analyses and shares among maintenance team the maintenance best practices, in collaboration with TDM and RMT
  • Supports the job progress monitoring (internal interventions, actual vs planned) and defines correctives actions to manage issues
  • Cooperates with RMT to define related KPIs
  • Maintenance practices: collects and analyses maintenance related practices for machinery and equipment, in order to standardize across the company 


  • Manages external contractors’ work execution (scope of work preparation, quotation request and comparison, done with Purchasing, site access authorization, job progress monitoring, supplier evaluation, commissioning report), for maintenance intervention and investments related activities done on production lines
  • Ensure current WSIB insurance is available to H&S Department prior to start of any work
  • Ensure before work commences that appropriate Ferrero policies are reviewed and signed off by all contractors that are to work onsite
  • Post work must comply with GMP’s including scrap removal and notification to UGP about any cleaning and sanitizing requirements upon work completion


  • Assists with technical drawing update
  • Supports the RMT in managing the documents archive
  • Assists with the obsolete machine / parts removal from store / assets register
  • Fill in the forms related to certification systems


  • Guarantees the non-codified materials requisition for purchasing request preparation for maintenance and new investment related activities
  • Manages the store items replenishment requisition signing for UGP specific items



  • Collaborates, together with Maintenance Team on new project design, implementation and costs management
  • In collaboration with the Technical Purchasing Department, prepares RFQ for negotiations
  • Oversees the technical project management of new investments, also monitoring cost, time, results
  • Responsible for creating Assets Requisitions in collaboration with Finance Department 
  • Collects and analyzes request for machinery and equipment’ variation, renewal and/or substitution of single parts, performing a first feasibility study in accordance with UGP 
  • In collaboration with Ferrero Engineering, assures the supervision of the project


  • Identifies potential improvement areas for the maintenance system and equipment performances
  • Technically and economically evaluates continuous improvement proposals, implementing and monitoring results for most valued ones
  • Collaborate with UGP Manager and his team to improve lines and equipment efficiency


  • Ensure all program requirements/standards regarding quality and food safety are implemented, practiced and maintained.


  • To assist in the implementation of and conformance to the Environmental Management System within key process areas

Who we are looking for:

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience in a comparable environment
  • Minimum Associates Degree or comparable qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of product technology, process and food sector;
  • Knowledge of maintenance strategies and processes
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • Ability to coordinate and manage large scale maintenance projects
  • Knowledge and use of Excel, SAP PM
  • Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job;
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively and influence.
  • Coordinating - Monitoring/Assessing performance of individuals, or process to make improvements or take corrective action;
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate;
  • Material Resources - Coordinating the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work;
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world. 

Ferrero N.A. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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United States
Franklin Park
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