Maintenance Manager in Santa Rosa, CA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 6/14/2019

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Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We're looking for a Maintenance Manager to join our Manufacturing and Distribution Facility located in Santa Rosa, CA.  

Brief overview of the role:

If you enjoy a fast-paced, high energy manufacturing environment then you will fit in well as a Maintenance Manager for Hawthorne Gardening Company. The Maintenance Manager, directs, and coordinates the overall maintenance and repair activities for the facility.   This position is responsible for the supervision and scheduling of the mechanical and electrical maintenance personnel and activities; such as repairs, preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance, production enhancements and optimization.  In addition this role is the subject matter expert for engineering and technical support.

In this role you will get to:

  • Maximize plant capacity

  • Responsible for an organization of 70 plus associates directly responsible for a department of 5+; to include performance evaluations, people development, and ensuring training requirements are met.

  • Provide Maintenance / Engineering support to the manufacturing operation.  Performs complex maintenance / engineering work including calculations, preparation of specifications, equipment selection, economic analysis, appropriation requests, and contractor bidding, selection, and supervision.

  • Responsible for the final development and implementation of the Preventative Maintenance program to reduce or eliminate financial loss associated with equipment repair, premature equipment replacement, or unnecessary downtime.

  • Responsible to oversee the optimization of equipment and production line performance.  Evaluate alternatives, recommend a course of action, pursue spending approval, and implement the enhancement.  

  • Inspection of plant equipment, safety systems, and utility equipment and manages corrective action where necessary.

  • Responsible for the implementation and direction of safety/environmental policies and procedures within the maintenance department, including monthly safety meetings.

  • Identify causes / sources of quality / operation performance problems, i.e. high downtime levels, high defect rates, long changeovers, lost opportunities, and safety issues.

  • Identify opportunities for plant operating improvements through sound engineering principles.

The perfect candidate will have:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or  Electrical Engineering degree with strong mechanical experience or related field with appropriate experience.

  • 5 - 10 years of engineering experience in a fast paced environment.

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the direct supervision of people ideally in a manufacturing environment.

  • Advanced knowledge of Preventive and Predictive Maintenance systems.

  • Advanced knowledge of Network and Controls Systems.

  • PC skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and maintenance and engineering software.

  • Good project management skills.  Ability to plan and organize by setting goals and priorities to accomplish results.  Proven capability to evaluate, assess, and manage cost, functionality, and timing relationships.

  • Interpersonal communication skills are needed to communicate business and technical needs to technical and non-technical personnel.

  • Written communication skills for performance appraisals, technical summaries, communications with outside vendors, intercompany correspondence, and management reports.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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