Supervisor, Maintenance


St. Albans, VT, US, 05478

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 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 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: Supervisor, Maintenance


LOCATION: St Albans, Vermont




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.




Responsible for coordination and control of technical project work for the STA facility covering all shifts for a 24/7 operation. Will work closely with the operations team to identify improvement opportunities and assign technical resources. This position includes oversight of general facilities and grounds as well as process equipment.


Essential Functions:

  • Supervise, organize and control the technician workflow as well as support production priorities and improve efficiencies including continuous improvements and analysis.
  • Manage spare parts inventory and accuracy, including the sourcing of replacement parts for repairs, rebuilds, and preventative maintenance. 
  • Supervise flow of Maintenance Requests and technical projects
  • Troubleshoot and repair equipment as needed
  • Works in Maximo software
  • Coordinate work schedule with various departments for equipment downtimes.
  • Supervise and coordinate outside contractors
  • Responsible for building maintenance and equipment, including HVAC, plumbing, chilled water, boilers.
  • Source and requisition materials and parts as needed
  • Ability to adhere to GMPs and all other food safety requirements.
  • Read and interpret technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.
  • Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions.
  • Specify system components or direct modification to ensure conformance with engineering design, performance specifications, or environmental regulations. 
  • Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
  • Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, or repair to ensure that machines or equipment are installed and functioning according to specifications.
  • Provide feedback to design engineers on customer problems or needs.
  • Recommend the use of utility or energy services that minimize carbon footprints. 
  • Direct the installation, operation, maintenance, or repair of renewable energy equipment, such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or water systems. 
  • Perform personnel functions, such as supervision of maintenance technicians, fabricators
  • Calculate energy losses for buildings, using equipment such as computers, combustion analyzers, or pressure gauges. 
  • Study industrial processes to maximize the efficiency of equipment applications, including equipment placement.



Education & Work Experience:

  • Bachelor in mechanical, electrical or industrial engineer plus 6 years’ experience.
  • Preferred five years supervisor experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and a maintenance CMMS system.
  • Background with manufacturing methods, process improvement programs and procedures required.
  • Requires a high degree of precision and control in work where damage could be considerable
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing as well as proven problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Demonstrated general computer skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and be flexible with scheduling.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and supervisory ability.
  • One to three years of specifically food related experience. Must have significant experience with HAACP, GMP and OSHA regulations


Additional Requirements:


Promote a safe working environment and good GMP’s.

Train and coach operators on new and existing production parameters.



Teamwork and Cooperation –work co-operatively with others.

Initiative – undertakes initiatives without being asked.

Concern for Order, Quality and Accuracy – work to reduce uncertainly in immediate environment.

Analytical and Conceptual Thinking - understands a problem by breaking it into smaller pieces to identify causes and can see the big picture

Special Knowledge Expertise – mastery of mechanical/electrical maintenance functions. Master plumber.

Developing others/interpersonal understanding – listen to others accurately and understand their unspoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings and concerns.


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.