Utilities Manager

Location : Location US-MO-Wright City
1st Shift
Regular Full-Time
Relocation Assistance
Temporary Housing Assistance


American Foods Group, LLC has an opportunity for a Utilities Manager to join our team for our new America's Heartland Packing facility in Warren County, Missouri.



The Utilities Manager is accountable for the supply of industrial services for the plant(refrigeration, boiler operation/hot/cold water supplies for the facility), ensuring a safe, efficient, and reliable operation/maintenance of the equipment.

  • Plan, organize, and oversee all utilities for the facility (Ammonia refrigeration, gas fired boilers for steam generation, compressed air, cold/140/180 water for the facility)

  • Compliance with all federal, state, local and internal requirements from design through operation and maintenance of the plant.  Ensure employees are aware of the requirements and their responsibility.

  • Oversee facility PSM Program and collaborate with corporate engineering to ensure best practices are always being followed.

  • Ensure utilities maintenance activities are and work orders are completed in a timely manner, create and maintain records and reports as required by PSM, company or regulatory requirements.

  • Work closely with cross functional teams (Operations/QA/Engineering) to ensure facility needs are being met (temps/air flows/utilities etc.).

  • Maintain all utility departments equipment and ensure equipment is performing to high standards and in a safe manner at all times.

  • Provide technical guidance, direction, and develop specs for the utilities team (supervisors/techs/operators).

  • Ensure proper training for all refrigeration personnel i.e. operator training / PSM training, boiler personnel i.e.: boiler operator training / RMP training.

  • Maintain a team that is cross-functional and trained in different areas of utilities to ensure crewing changes do not impact the facility.

  • Establish and implement preventative maintenance programs and procedures for the utilities dept.

  • Requisition tools / equipment and supplies as needed (ensure critical spares are in stock at all times).

  • Promote and drive succession development with areas of responsibility.

  • NOTE: this description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization; these duties are considered marginal.


Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.

  • Diploma or GED.

  • Must be able to effectively communicate in English (speaking, reading, and writing).

  • 5 years of experience managing utilities (Ammonia Refrigeration / Steam Boilers)

  • Demonstrated leadership experience supervising, planning, and scheduling a maintenance crew.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior management experience in a beef/meat facility. 

  • Licensing/certifications for ammonia/boiler operations.

  • PSM/RMP trained and experienced.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of ammonia refrigeration systems.  

  • Working knowledge of air compressors.

  • Working knowledge of steam generation (gas fired boilers).

  • Working knowledge of water pump systems.

  • Theoretical knowledge of PSM standards.

  • Strong knowledge and troubleshooting of overhead conveying systems, conveyors, HVAC, hydraulics, compressed air systems, electrical systems, and equipment utilized in food processing. 

  • Ability to communicate well (verbal and written) with all levels of employees from hourly to upper management.

  • Ability to identify and address safety hazards; promote safety on a daily basis.

  • Ability to lead by example, encourage teamwork and learning, and motivate the hourly workforce.

  • Must have a high math and mechanical aptitude; be assertive; and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

American Foods Group, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Learn more: EEO is the Law and EEO is the Law Supplement. Applicants with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact Human Resources at the location(s) where you are applying. American Foods Group, LLC will not discriminate against applicants who inquire about, disclose or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants. Learn more: Pay Transparency. American Foods Group, LLC participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations as required by law. Learn more: E-Verify


American Foods Group, LLC (AFG) is building a state-of-the-art beef processing operation in Warren County MO along interstate 70. 


What we offer:

  • Competitive total compensation package for you and your family.
  • Excellent benefit plan.  Benefits include: Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flex Spending Accounts, Voluntary Benefits, PTO, 401k, Long & Short Term Disability, Tuition Reimbursement, Discount Meat Purchase Program, and more!  




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