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Production Maintenance Supervisor

Req #: 170006KV_en
Location: Opelika, AL US
Job Category: Maintenance
Date Posted: 11/9/2017 5:31:15 PM
Baxter International


Every day, Baxter touches the lives of millions of patients and providers worldwide who rely on our essential hospital and renal products and services. You’ll find Baxter’s products and therapies on nearly every floor, in almost every hospital worldwide, in clinics and in the home. Baxter’s employees are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care. Our commitment to our mission means we are there when patients and healthcare professionals need us, during the critical moments that matter most.


Works under general supervision, setting own priorities in order to achieve maximum manufacturing efficiency by leading the Production Support Team and maintaining effective preventive maintenance tasks in Maximo platform. Controls area of responsibility to achieve end result that supports cross functional goals. Develop plans and efficiency improvement strategies that integrate with production plans and strategies in a cross functional environment.  Successful candidate will lead maintenance personnel, and be held responsible for proper training and performance evaluation of direct reports.  Will on a daily basis analyze the status of the manufacturing indicators and organize his/her staff to meet department goals as well as propose, support and participate in improvement projects.

Successful candidate will work independently supporting maintenance needs of complex, automated manufacturing and facilities equipment.  Maintains a high level of knowledge of the manufacturing processes and equipment to provide support to all needs in all areas.  May assist on the design and development of new equipment or processes. Requires strong time management skills to effectively manage project work with unscheduled maintenance needs.

Maintenance activities include advanced troubleshooting of mechanical, pneumatic and electrical systems, using the PLC and online ladder logic to troubleshoot machine control issues, equipment performance improvement projects, process validation activities and preventative maintenance.  Due to the nature of this position, a very high degree of initiative, teamwork and communication are required.  Is expected to lead by example through compliance to all safety and regulatory requirements, demonstrates a good work ethic, performs to high standards and supports continuous learning

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (these are primary responsibilities of the role and the incumbent will perform other duties as assigned):


The following duties and responsibilities generally reflect the expectations of this position but are not intended to be all-inclusive.


  • Supervise Production Support Technicians (Production Service and Facilities) when required to independently troubleshoot production and facilities equipment with a high degree of quality in a sustained quick and reliable problem solving/correction process.

  • Coordinates preventive and planned maintenance activities as required working closely with the shift leaders to schedule planned downtime of equipment.

  • Assists Service Technicians when required to independently troubleshoot complex, automated equipment with a high degree of quality in a sustained quick and reliable problem solving/correction process.

  • Technically identifies and supports equipment optimization through equipment design improvements, changes to operating procedures and maintenance activities.  Works directly with engineers to implement permanent corrective actions to eliminate recurrent problems with production equipment.

  • Coordinates and schedules  of Production Support Technicians (Production service and Facilities) through maintenance activities

  • Continues to learn complex equipment by studying equipment manuals, conducting internet research and utilizing internal knowledge to keep abreast of new technologies, processes and/or equipment.  

  • Assesses and evaluates the technical capabilities of production service technicians by utilizing the qualification matrix to determine individual gaps and supporting training needs and works within the group to assist in increasing technical knowledge and capabilities of less experienced technicians.

  • Responsible for the preparation of maintenance documentation for new equipment.  Maintains machine documentation and updates as machine modifications occur.

  • Responsible for knowing and following all safety and compliance requirements by maintaining cleanliness within work area, ensuring proper hygiene in work areas at all times and maintaining good documentation practices on all required paperwork.

  • Requested to attend shift hand-over  meetings to transfer information relative to technical issues from previous shift.

  • Performs written documentation and regulatory recordkeeping responsibilities as defined in the standard operating procedures for equipment maintenance.  Enters data into Maximo  for tracking purposes.

  • Participates in daily production meetings to provide statistical breakdown data and support technical needs of production.

  • May be required to perform other duties and/or lead special projects as required or assigned, reasonably within the scope of the duties listed above.  May be required to work on other shifts and/or willing to be “on call” as needed.

  • Participates in the hiring and selection of production support technicians (Production Service and Facilities Technicians.

  • Works with engineers and others during the building and installation of new equipment to ensure attention to maintenance of new equipment.



  •  High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Associates degree or above preferred.




  • 8 years practical and comprehensive knowledge required.

  • Experience and aptitude for redesign and modification to enhance equipment performance.

  • Must have good understanding of programmable logic controllers, using the PLC as a troubleshooting tool.

  • Ability to modify or develop control logic to enhance equipment performance.

  • Strong troubleshooting and project management skills.

  • Requires advanced knowledge of electrical, mechanical and pneumatic systems.

  • Ability to read and understand mechanical, electrical drawings, flowcharts, and/or other drawings of a technical nature.

  • Skilled in Microsoft applications, MS Word and MS Excel.

  • Ability to work under pressure and respond with a sense of urgency.

  • Continuing and broadening knowledge and scope in maintenance techniques and new equipment technologies.

  • Ability to train less experienced team members.

  • Work effectively and professionally with employees, team members, engineers, manufacturing management, etc., by using good interpersonal communication skills.


Special Training:


  • Formal technical degree in electronics, automation systems or related field.  Substitution of degree with relevant experience is evaluated on a case-by-case basis to the specific skills required in the work area.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Physical requirements for a position will vary.  These must be reviewed with the supervisor and should be attached here.


  • Must be able to work in an environment without daylight / windows

  • Ascends/descends ladders to access machinery

  • Lifting and/or moves up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move in excess of 50 pounds using lifting aids, techniques, or appropriate assistance

  • Duties may require overtime work, including nights and weekends

  • Use of hands and fingers to manipulate equipment is required

  • Requires standing, walking, bending, pulling, pushing, climbing and crawling.




Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations
Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an email to Corporate_Staffing_Deerfield@baxter.com or call 877-229-4748 (877-BaxHR4U) and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.

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