Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor

Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor

Field of Work:  Facility Management

Tangent, OR, US

Legal Entity:  KWS Seeds, LLC (0058)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  13859

We're seeking a proactive and experienced Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor, stationed at KWS in Tangent, to manage mechanical maintenance services. In this role you will manage mechanical maintenance services and personnel for field and facility operations in OR, WA, and AZ. You'll work with department managers and/or supervisors to strategize, budget, plan, and implement all mechanical capital improvements. You'll coordinate the implementation of process changes, derived from the QC, Production, and Research departments, through process change orders. Additionally, you ensure all maintenance service performed are accounted for, within the field and facility operations, using a CCMS software program. 


Essential Job Functions: 

  • Responsible for ensuring all predictive, preventive maintenance services, and installations are completed. Timely documentation in the CCMS system and continued communication to departments responsible

  • Coordinate mechanical process changes in conjunction with the corresponding electrical and programming changes to ensure a timely, quality end result that is tested and fully operational when complete

  • Ensure NFPA, NEC, OSHA and Company standards are adhered to across all locations connected to KWS Tangent (OR, WA, AZ)

  • Coordinate daily activity and projects in collaboration with the Electrical and SCADA Supervisor 

  • Assist with the facilitation of cultural objectives and company values to encourage a team work environment, collaboration, training, safety and accountability

  • Provide a team learning environment for staff, interns and apprentices, through a coordinated effort with HR, state and local agencies

  • Perform annual reviews, provide ongoing training recommendations, merit and promotion recommendations for all mechanical maintenance services personnel

  • Work closely with all levels of department management to budget services and capital investments; coordinate as appropriate  

  • Responsible for onsite vendors during mechanical service and installations

  • Strictly enforce Company handbook, RGPs, E.H.S., Lock out Tag Out policies and Safety policies. Ensure all personnel are wearing personal protective equipment in designated locations and it is used correctly

  • Travel and/or drive and/or operate a forklift on behalf of the business on a frequent basis

  • Meet attendance requirements

  • Flexibility to work rotating shifts including on-call as needed (including weekend, night shift, and holidays)

  • Other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications: 

  • Millwright Certification and/or Associate degree, or 10+ years’ work experience in mechanical and facility supervision

  • 5+ years of work experience planning, budgeting, fabrication, and executing capital improvements in an agriculture or food production business

  • Ability to travel internationally

  • Be comfortable working within the facility and field operations throughout the year and seasonal on call 24/7 schedule

  • Able to supervise, train and assist with cross functional team building, coaching and mentoring with other departments

  • Training/Experience in MS Excel, Windows based applications, and CMMS software. Ability to train and operate HMI interfaces 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Agriculture or other related discipline

  • Experience integrating and training others in CMMS, MES, SCADA and PLC business systems

  • Reliable, motivated self-starter with strong leadership, organizational and communication skills


What We Offer:

  • Salary of $80,000 - $90,000, depending on experience

  • Health, dental, vision benefits

  • Pension plan and 401(k) with employer match

  • Flexible paid time off (PTO)

  • Professional training and development opportunities

  • An international and diverse team


Working environment:

Must wear required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).High Mobility- able to cover multiple areas including staircases and ladders safely and quickly and able to bend/twist. Able to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs. using safe lifting strategies. Able to work in varied environmental conditions (loud, hot, cold, dusty, damp, indoors, outdoors etc). 


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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 



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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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