Maintenance Manager


Chicago, IL, US, 60632

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!


POSITION TITLE: Maintenance Manager


REPORTING TO: Site Manager






The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations, and compounds. The Group runs more than 59 production facilities worldwide selling in 140 countries and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 11,500 people.


The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.






This position is responsible for the coordination and control of technical work, preventative maintenance and equipment reliability for the Chicago Manufacturing facility. He/She will engineer and manage industrial projects as well as manage and develop the maintenance crew. The Maintenance Manager is cognizant and understanding of food and employee safety and ensures application in his/her daily functions.


Essential Functions:


  • Supervise, organize and control the engineer and technical workflow as well as support, guide and challenge production priorities and improve efficiencies including continuous improvements and analysis.
  • Coordinate work schedules to correspond with production priorities and to improve the throughput of the equipment while maintaining good quality of the products. 
  • Research, propose and implement projects to decrease energy costs and improve overall factory efficiencies.
  • Schedules repairs, maintenance and installation of machines, tools, and equipment to ensure continuous production operations.
  • Accountable for permits, licenses and all environmental requirements both provincial and federal.
  • Responsible for budget for technical department including projects.
  • Prepare and manager site preventative maintenance program.
  • Manage spare parts inventory and accuracy and budget for maintenance/projects department.
  • Coordinate and schedule outside contractors for the facility.
  • Monitors programs for contractor safety. (including WSIB Clearance Certificates)
  • Responsible for purchasing all maintenance equipment and parts.
  • Meets/exceeds requirements for food and employee safety.




Education & Work Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree – preferably Mechanical Engineering or Associates degree plus 5-10 years of specialized experience in mechanical/electromechanical and electrical experience in a manufacturing environment (preferably food industry)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience supervising and project management
  • Knowledge of budgets and financial statements
  • Proficiency with Microsoft computer programs
  • Leadership, organizational skills, creativity, teamwork
  • SAP experience an asset
  • Bilingual an asset
  • Must be able to freely move around entire facility.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed.


Additional Requirements:


  • Initiative
  • Mechanical Mastery
  • Team Leader
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Strong Communication Skills


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time
  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth






If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Maintenance, Engineer, Electrical, Supply Chain Manager, Manager, Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations, Management