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Controls Maintenance Manager

Date: Sep 17, 2021

Location: Clovis, NM, US, 88101

Company: Glanbia

Electrical/Controls Manager


Supervisor’s Title:           Plant Engineer

Department:                     Engineering

Exempt Status:                 Salary Exempt, Grade 24


Southwest Cheese is the world’s largest manufacture of cheese/whey products and is located in Clovis, New Mexico.  It is a joint venture between Glanbia and The Greater Southwest Agency and provides ample opportunity for career growth and experience in a fast-paced, high-performing enterprise.


Job Summary

This position develops specifications and criteria for the design and installation of facility controls and electrical systems. As a critical Project Team member, they assume responsibility for ensuring that both project and operational needs are met.


Essential Functions

  • Develop scope and criteria for designs of systems such as instruments, PLC’s, and controls software.
  • Research and analyze data such as engineering documents, design proposals, specifications and manuals to determine acceptability for project team goals.
  • Directs and coordinates installation activities to ensure products and systems conform to engineering design and specifications.
  • Evaluate field installations and recommend design modifications to align systems with project design criteria and goals.
  • Review submittals and work progress and makes recommendations to project manager.
  • Reviews plans and specifications to determine that they comply with project designs and goals.
  • Maintain equipment documents and plans.
  • Review supply and installation of controls systems, ensuring compliance with design documents and company standards.
  • Perform as a liaison between project team engineers and vendor engineers.
  • Receive and review job progress reports from vendors and develop daily and weekly action plans with PM.
  • Participate in the development of startup and commissioning documents, and training of plant operational staff.
  • Plan, supervise and oversee all phases of controls maintenance, repair and calibration. Responsible for PLC decoding and programming.
  • Manage electrical and controls team activities, including budgeting, management of personnel and achievement of objectives.
  • Develop materials and cost estimates for controls projects, evaluating technical specifications and performance criteria.
  • Manage vendors to include selection, scheduling, and quality.
  • Maintain electrical and control systems documentation such as backups, manuals, PLC programs, and drawings.
  • Ensure safe performance of duties by electrical and controls staff; comply with all OSHA regulations, maintaining appropriate documentation.
  • Assisting Corporate Engineering with the development, installation and commissioning of new projects.
  • Directly supervises employees in the Controls department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Utilizes GPS processes, driving zero losses and upholds the culture of Southwest Cheese non-negotiables.
  • Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health  Act which are applicable to his/her own actions and conduct.
  • Complies with all applicable food safety regulations and mandates (Safe Quality Foods, Food and Drug Admin, Pasteurized Milk Ordinance)


Delivering on Glanbia’s Values:


  • “Showing Respect” - Research issues & incidents with internal teams, business partners and customers in a collaborative manner that includes professional, honest and transparent communication.
  • “Find a Better Way” - Work with internal and external teams to implement process improvements and/or procedural changes that eliminate non-value added activities and drive more business value.
  • “Winning Together” - Assist with training of new team members.  Facilitate or oversee training and standard operating procedure reviews to ensure new hires develop proficiency of role.
  • “The Customer’s Champion” – Proactively engage to support our customer needs on an end to end basis and strive to meet or exceed SLA timelines.  Take ownership of customer requests and engage with internal teams as needed and within a timely manner.
  • “Performance Matters” – Meet or exceed all key metrics in line with expectations for role.  Continually update knowledge of products, product changes, processes and services offered to deliver a dynamic customer experience.


Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field, from four-year college or university; with a minimum of five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in the maintenance and installation of industrial controls systems, PLCs, PCs and plant automation.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Understanding of TPM and similar continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Ability to define problems, collects data, establishes facts, and draw valid conclusions and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, handle multiply projects simultaneously and delegate assignments to others.
  • Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill.


Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, standing and walking, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Frequently involves sitting, and reaching with hands and arms
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceives attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing somewhat strenuous daily activities of a primarily product/technical nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to loud noise levels (i.e. manufacturing equipment).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat, and fumes and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts, above ground with risk of fall, or areas with risk of electrical shock.


Travel Requirements

    • Minimal overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.



At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

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