Posted 6 days ago
Plant Engineering Manager
Novolex - Richmond, VA
Why Choose Us?

Novolex® is a leader in packaging innovation, choice and sustainability. We manufacture products in paper, plastic and sustainable materials for the food, retail, health and industrial markets.

Our Sustainability Commitment

The Novolex sustainability vision is built upon three pillars: our products, our operations and our people. Each is critically important to our growth and future as a business. These pillars form the foundation of our company-wide commitment to sustainability, helping us achieve our ambitious goals through our wide-ranging initiatives.

How You'll Perform the Role

This position will provide proactive leadership, strategic direction, and technical support to the operations of the facility in the areas of preventive/predictive maintenance, process engineering, technology modernization, automation, process improvement, and cost improvement.
  • Advance initiatives which promote and sustain the safety, health, and welfare of all personnel.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the maintenance team.
  • Inspire high performance through effective goal setting and performance measurement.
  • Implement and institutionalize the Business Unit's standardized preventive and predictive maintenance system (utilizing TPM, Lean, Six Sigma doctrine).
  • Design minimum effort shop floor / warehouse layouts and flow paths.
  • Design, implement and institutionalize "best practice" quick change procedures, processes and equipment modifications (SMED).
  • Design process and equipment safety modifications (added layers of protection).
  • Teach, coach, develop, and lead personnel.
  • Perpetuate continuous reduction in waste, downtime, setup/make ready, and cost.
  • Drive process improvement and problem solving through Lean / Six Sigma principles and root cause analysis.
  • Establish a collaborative working relationship with his/her Business Unit connections.
  • Assess and evaluate facility maintenance personnel and make recommendations to the Operations Manager regarding strategies to remedy training, skills, or performance deficiencies.
  • Provide direction, assistance, and resources necessary to inventory, organize and control MRO spares. Establish optimal spares inventory levels to ensure effective maintenance operation.
  • Effectively utilize Maximo maintenance software to drive preventive and predictive maintenance activities. This will include tracking and analysis of work order performance, development of detailed PM tasks and schedules, and analysis of breakdowns and failures.
  • Manage all outside service contractors. Ensure contractor compliance with plant safety requirements.
  • Initiate, write, manage, and effectively lead the process for Capital Expenses.
  • Construct, evaluate and report out maintenance and engineering results for the facility.

What We Need From You

  • 5+ years of successful hands-on engineering/maintenance management experience in an industrial environment, preferably a high-volume plastic extrusion and converting operation.
  • Computer systems knowledge including experience with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), Auto-CAD, and Maximo
  • Ability to effectively communicate information both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees, customers or suppliers.
  • B.S. degree in highly preferred.
  • Advanced degree is a plus.
  • 3-5+ years' related experience in a manufacturing environment utilizing TQM, ISO, Lean Manufacturing, and/or Six Sigma is preferred.

What You'll Get From Us


With safety as our top priority and a commitment to employee well-being an important focus, we offer comprehensive and competitive benefits that include medical, dental and vision insurance (including Telehealth options) as well as a variety of other well-being resources focused on mental, physical and financial health. Specific benefits and well-being programs may vary depending on where you work.

Community Engagement

At Novolex, giving back to the local communities that support us is important. Our Focused Giving Program prioritizes support for organizations whose missions promote sustainability initiatives or address food and hunger needs. We also encourage facility level support of activities in the communities where our employees live and work.

Training and Development

We offer constant opportunities for advancement. From skills development to advanced education programs, training and development programs and courses are available through Novolex University. Programs include company and industry training curricula, support for formal education through the Tuition Reimbursement Program, and a Learning Management System that supports and enhances employee skills at all levels of the organization