Maintenance Line Tech
Suffolk, VA 
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About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We're a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. While Kraft Heinz is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

We spark joy around mealtime with our iconic brands, including Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, Philadelphia, Lunchables, Velveeta, Planters, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, Ore-Ida, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Primal Kitchen, and Classico, among others.

No matter the brand, we're united under one vision:To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we're transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion - and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen - there's only one thing to do: join our table and let's make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy & Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level - from entry-level intern to senior leader - to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners - to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz - which we apply to every situation, every day. As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You're expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level - and you'll be rewarded. You're given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won't do it alone. You're supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

Job Description
Benefits & Compensation Overview:
  • Medical.
  • Dental.
  • Vision.
  • 401K.
  • (HRA) Health Reimbursement Account or (HSA) Health Savings Account.
  • Additional Benefits: Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Disability, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Supplemental Life, Dependent Life
  • Access to our company store where you can buy Kraft Heinz products at a discount!
  • On-site Credit Union
  • Starting Pay Rate: Five Pay Levels based on experience starting at 25.91

Work Schedule:

Varies depending on area and shift

Plant & Community Overview:

Plant Overview:

  • Union Facility producing Planters Peanut Products
  • Peanuts became a popular snack food thanks to an Italian immigrant named Amedeo Obici. In 1906, Obici and his future brother-in-law, Marion Peruzzi formed the Planters Nut and Chocolate Company. Obici served as President of Planters until his death in 1947. The business he had started as a small fruit and nut stand had become the largest and most diversified peanut-processing company in the world.
  • Planters has been in Suffolk, VA for over 100 years.
  • Click here to learn more about our facility's brand:

Community Overview:

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Job Overview:

Are you ready to join a team that produces quality products that are amongst over 50 household brands in the U.S.? This is a place for you to create your career and make a difference! Here in Suffolk we are passionate about the Planters brand and take ownership over the product and the brand's history in Suffolk.

This position is a Maintenance position and successful candidates must have the ability to work overtime and flex schedule as necessary to meet the needs of production. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, and under the direction of production and maintenance supervision safely operate and maintain (mechanically and electrically) equipment in their assigned area to produce quality product, right the first time. This position will perform sanitation and housekeeping duties as well as train line associates on assigned equipment. Line Technician may be required to operate equipment.

The Line Technician should be the initiator of activities to ensure our customers are getting high quality products in an efficient manner, and should facilitate use of the team approach to seek Continuous Improvement and implement ideas. The Line Technician should be familiar with all equipment to the point that he/she can make adjustments and repairs during its operation. The Line Technician reinforces Safety, Quality and Teamwork as a Business Imperative.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Basic electrical experience preferred and Plant reserves the right to make this a mandatory requirement.
  • Troubleshoot basic mechanical equipment, maintain and improve mechanical systems, and complete work orders to prevent mechanical breakdowns within the department.
  • Troubleshoot basic mechanical equipment, maintain and improve mechanical systems, and complete work orders to prevent mechanical breakdowns within the department.
  • Perform line change over as required by production schedule.
  • Lead in establishing predictive maintenance initiatives for focused department.
  • Lead in enhancement of existing equipment to improve line effectiveness.
  • Lead efforts to develop/enhance PM's and troubleshooting guides as assigned by supervisor for focused department.
  • Coordinate with mechanics, other technicians and line personnel across shifts maintenance efforts on assigned equipment.
  • Utilize the SAP system to document activities and to enter time daily.
  • Assist in development of spare parts requirements and min/max levels.
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with engineering and maintenance, supervisor, TLs and line operators on all shifts.
  • Assist supervision in the identification of operator skill gaps and provide possible solutions.
  • Support plant high performance culture and continuous improvement programs through active participation in QCDSM and plant productivity programs.
  • Comply and actively participate in all safety (KSRMP) and environmental (KEMS) policies, procedures and programs. May serve on KSRMP team.
  • Comply with all QCMS program requirements including HACCP and GMPs.
  • Perform area housekeeping duties.
  • Perform all tasks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement on equipment and system design through use of the team concept. Support project planning and execution
  • Communicate with other line technicians on other shifts, as necessary, to ensure coordination of all maintenance efforts on assigned equipment and effectively operate as part of a team
  • Support implementation of department SQCDM ideas/suggestions
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all equipment operators on all shifts
  • Conduct training for other associates in area of responsibility
  • Manage spare parts and standby equipment for assigned equipment
  • Conform to Kraft Heinz's policy and procedures including, but not limited to: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), Lock Out/Tag Out, HACCP check points, Kraft Quality Standards, Fall Protection, Hot Work, OSHA Regulations, and all others
  • Report and correct unsafe acts and conditions
  • Determine product sequencing to minimize changeover time
  • Perform sanitation and reassembly so that it meets Kraft Heinz Standards and also minimizes downtime
  • Work with vendors as necessary
  • Perform other duties as designated by the team

Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma/GED Required.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in Industrial Maintenance
  • Must be able to maintain and operate all equipment in assigned area
  • Demonstrate successful application of problem-solving techniques, effective communication and planning
  • Must be Powered Industrial Truck licensed and follow all safety rules and procedures
  • Must be willing to travel as required
  • All other duties as assigned in order to support efficient plant operations
  • Background in industrial, mechanical, electrical, computer systems
  • Must have knowledge of and capable of performing special technical skill (e.g. basic electrical troubleshooting, basic PLC skills, machining, welding tasks, gas trane).
  • Must have the ability to communicate technical information so as to improve the skills of the plant technicians.
  • Must have a working knowledge of electrical installation and construction.
  • Able to walk, stand and sit for the duration of a 12 hour shift
  • Performs bending, squatting, kneeling, sorting, and reaching to both ground level and overhead
  • Ascend/Descend stairs and ladders throughout shift
  • Lift up to up to 50 pounds independently, and heavier weights with assistance
  • Holds and grips objects
  • Able to give and understand instructions and hold conversations in manufacturing environment, as well as an office or classroom setting
  • Must possess manual dexterity necessary to operate equipment, disassemble and reassemble equipment, operate a computer and other standard office equipment
Location(s)Suffolk Plant

Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity
It is the continuing policy of The Kraft Heinz Company to afford full equal employment opportunity to qualified employees and applicants, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicaps, military or veteran status, sexual preference, or any other protected condition or characteristic in conformity with all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.
Final candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Company sponsorship. Exceptions requesting work visa sponsorship will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

 

Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
5+ years
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