Facilities Coordinator - Maintenance (Kansas)

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Facilities Coordinator is responsible for ensuring safe and efficient operation of all Facilities related equipment with special emphasis on the Ammonia Refrigeration, High Pressure Steam, Water Delivery systems along with all related processes and equipment. Additionally, the Facilities Coordinator manages non-Production related Maintenance activities, develop, implement and coordinate both short and long range capital plans that meet the Strategic Plan objectives for the Facilities area of Hilmar Cheese Company.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the Plant Safety Coordinator to ensure all RMP and PSM related requirements are met and implemented in a timely manner.
  • Provides direction, development and leadership to Facilities maintenance supervision and technicians. 
  • Continue development and implementation of Facilities area preventive maintenance program utilizing CMMS and related systems.
  • Ensure compliance of all emission standards for Facilities equipment per the San Joaquin Valley Unified Pollution Control District.
  • Comply and lead audits of Cal-OSHA PSM, County CUPA, Federal EPA PSM and CDF.
  • Monitor and maintain all equipment within the plant’s Facilities area.  This area includes: boilers; chemical pumps; condensate return systems; air compressors; HVAC; ammonia refrigeration systems; compressed air, potable water systems and water softeners.
  • Coordinate any routine or major maintenance that could have implications on the daily production schedule with the Maintenance manager, Maintenance Supervisors, Plant Managers and Production Supervisors. 
  • Ensure that daily analysis and chemical treatment of Facilities equipment are completed. 
  • Timely analysis and repair of all breakdowns within the Facilities area utilizing PDM.  
  • Evaluate the need for equipment upgrades and modifications for all Facilities equipment. 
  • Evaluate and make changes to equipment computer programs and control panels. 
  • Ensure proper billing and monitoring of all outside agencies performing maintenance within the Facilities area. 
  • Research and order the necessary parts needed to maintain Facilities equipment. 
  • Monitor all data collection such as: plant and facilities checklists; monthly fire system tests and all gas meter logs per SJVUPCD requirements. 
  • Aid the Maintenance Manager in the evaluation of the future equipment requirements and outside support agencies. 
  • Monitor and protect all resources and equipment maintained in the Facilities area.  
  • Ensure all safety equipment is available and all safety procedures are followed including compliance with all RMP, PSM, OSHA, and Cal OSHA guidelines. 
  • Monitor and ensure proper handling and storage for all Facility related chemicals.
  • Prepare design concept drawings, cost estimates and project scoping for annual Capital Plans.  
  • Implement annual Capital Plan in specific area of responsibility.  Coordinate projects to minimize Plant downtime while completing projects on time and within budget.
  • Ensure Facility compliance with all State and Federal guidelines regarding Ammonia Safety emission limits.  

What You Will Need

  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  • 4+ years’ of relevant maintenance experience in advanced leadership role.
  • Strong knowledge of PSM, Refrigeration and Boilers.
  • Software program proficiency in: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership, critical thinking, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelors and/or Advanced Degree in a related science field 
  • 6 years’ of relevant maintenance experience in advanced leadership role 
  • Experience with SAP
  • Strategic knowledge of production operations management for quality, yield and cost.
  • Advanced knowledge of plant technical activities through technical study and training.
  • New equipment implementation through vendor facilitation and training.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday.
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within their respective area.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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