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Reliability Excellence Manager

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

A Typical Day

The Reliability Excellence Manager shall provide leadership for an Asset Management Plan that will maximize asset reliability while minimizing overall cost of ownership. This position is responsible for the Company’s installed asset base and will develop and administer processes to assure optimum utilization and operating effectiveness of the assets.

Job Responsibilities
  • Develop, monitor and continuously improve an Asset Management Plan.
  • Use various data analysis techniques to develop engineering solutions for issues that negatively impact plant operations, equipment availability, performance, capacity, product quality, cost or regulatory compliance issues.
  • Support the implementation of new and modified equipment through evaluation of reliability and maintainability. Ensure appropriate PM programs are built around new equipment and critical spare parts are acquired.
  • Periodically evaluate effectiveness of PM/PdM program and make improvements as necessary to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs.
  • Develop training program for maintenance staff in the use of various predictive reliability techniques and protocols.
  • Review equipment failure and facilitate root-cause and root-cause failure analysis. Recommend corrective and preventative action.
  • Understand the economic impact the Asset Management Plan has on the Company’s finances. This shall include the Plan’s financial impact as it relates to equipment lifecycle, maintenance programs, parts inventory, equipment uptime, throughput, quality and safety.
  • Routinely monitor and review the asset management program to assure the metrics are being achieved. Recommend corrective action if metrics fall short.
  • Communicate Asset Management Program progress to management and other departments.
What You Will Need
  • Bachelors or Advanced Degree in Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in industrial plant reliability and asset management.
  • Working knowledge of SAP pertaining to maintenance processes and control of asset Master Data.
What Will Put You Ahead
  • Training in FMEA, Predictive Technologies, Statistical Process Control, Six Sigma methodology, Reliability Modeling and Prediction, fault tree analysis.
  • Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification, Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) certification and/or Maintenance Management Certification (MMC).
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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