Maintenance Manager

We are working with a well- established (85+ years) growing, family-owned and operated, ISO 9001, and leading USA manufacturer of protective apparel for the industrial worker in the toughest industries. The company has more than a dozen brands for products including protection for heat and thermal, flash fire, arc flash hazard, flame-resistant, hi visibility flame resistant rainwear and apparel, leather and rubber voltage gloves, industrial workwear, military (FR, cold weather, base layers, combat uniforms, flight suits, etc.), electrical safety PPE, carbon products (thermal, welding, and molten metal protection), mechanical and cut protection apparel/products, and more! Company has 5 production facilities in the US.

Due to growth and a new facility, the company has a need for a Maintenance Manager in their new Chicago facility and will report to the Plant Manager. This position comes with a competitive base salary, excellent benefits, and relocation package for qualified candidates.

Responsible for overseeing maintenance (preventative & repairs) on all plant equipment and facility maintenance and safety.

Direct Reports:

  • Maintenance Team – consisting of Custodian, Senior Specialty Technician, and 4 Maintenance Technicians

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversee & support preventative maintenance and repairs on all cutting and spreading equipment, sewing machines, and other production equipment (RF welders, heat fusing presses, hot air sealers, etc.)
  • Oversee & support preventative maintenance and repairs on all facility related needs including but not limited to boilers, air compressors, fire pumps, heating/AC, plumbing, waste compactors/bins, minor electrical repairs and set ups, air-line maintenance, minor roofing repairs, minor forklift/pallet jack repairs, doors, windows, walls, flooring, and lawn/snow needs
  • Develop and manage a Maintenance function that is focused on improving safety, quality and overall operational efficiency
  • Manage performance, discipline, and work assignments for Maintenance team, including setting expectations, managing performance and reviews, issuing disciplinary actions, and coaching as needed
  • Manage day-to-day implementation of plant safety programs, including workplace safety policies and standards. Work with Corporate Safety Manager on larger safety projects in Chicago plant
  • Communicate project status, completion and delays to supervisors and/or management
  • Source equipment and parts, coordinating installation as needed
  • Maintain records on repairs, service, preventative maintenance and training
  • Manage contractors and vendors for repairs/maintenance; collect bids and coordinate with external stakeholders as needed
  • Maintain a neat and orderly work area and clean up thoroughly when completing a production repair or request and hold direct reports responsible as well
  • Organize and maintain neat and orderly spare parts/document inventory
  • Work within the safety and quality guidelines set by NSA including, but not limited to, correct PPE provided by the company and hold teams responsible for the same safe working conditions


  • Education & Certifications: High school diploma or GED preferred
  • OSHA 10/30 a plus


  • Minimum of 2 years of machine/equipment maintenance required
  • Relevant maintenance experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Minimum 1 year lead/supervisory experience required
  • Prior experience with sewing machines is a plus
  • Experience with building systems (electrical, general construction, carpentry, HVAC, etc.) preferred
  • Prior project management experience preferred

Key Competencies:

  • Interest and skill in building and fixing things
  • Persistence (wants it done, and wants it done right)
  • Positive attitude
  • Dependable
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Good communication skills
  • Functional computer skills (email, PM logs/tracking and maintenance tracking)

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to stand for duration of shift
  • Manual dexterity when working with industrial sewing machines of all sizes
  • Good vision (corrected vision is fine)
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds

Working Conditions:

  • Temperature-regulated plant environment
  • Consistent background machine noise

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

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