Maintenance Supervisor - Cedar Rapids, IA

Maintenance Supervisor - Cedar Rapids, IA

1601 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402
United States

Maintenance Supervisor ( corrugated packaging ) – Cedar Rapids, IA


WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at  




This position has responsibility for all day-to-day maintenance operations. The position contributes to production by achieving the plant’s goals through achieving maximum machine uptime by reducing cost, increasing productivity and improving machine reliability.


The Opportunity:

  • Supervises subordinate employees.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Ensure Company assets and physical plant are secure and well maintained.

  • Achieve desired results in Safety by leading safety processes to sustain a safe work environment. Implement and coordinate department safety education and processes in accordance with corporate best practices and policies.

  • Achieve desired results in Quality by leading process reliability efforts to ensure lowest cost, best quality with high return on assets.

  • Manage the department resources and personnel to best meet the needs of the Manufacturing operations. Demonstrate flexibility in scheduling/repair to ensure minimal downtime to operations.

  • Drive machine reliability through disciplined application of the Work Order and Preventative Maintenance systems.

  • Manage the Maintenance Storeroom inventories and purchasing activities to ensure highest level possible of planning effectiveness.

  • Responsible for accurate maintenance documentation/data entry.

  • Demonstrate continuous improvement in safety, housekeeping, waste reduction, quality, productivity, customers satisfaction and cost.

  • Responsible for accurate production documentation/data entry.

  • Problem solve and address operational troubleshooting questions as they arise.

  • Ensure facility is in compliance with all appropriate environmental regulations and permitting requirements. (note: not in all cases)

  • Strong understanding of the key drivers of maintenance cost (labor, parts, asset utilization, etc.) and how to control them.

  • Manage departmental cost within pre-approved budgetary limits.

  • Participate in weekly plant cost control meetings by accurately reporting out maintenance costs along with suggestions for improvement.

  • Coach and develop hourly employees to maximize their effectiveness.  Identify and develop high potential employees for levels of greater responsibility and scope.

  • Ensure performance feedback is completed effectively and on a timely basis. Reward and recognize employees.

  • Hold people accountable for performance; work with under-performers on training assistance, or put them in documented performance improvement plans and/or disciplinary programs as necessary.


What you will need to succeed:

  • Associates degree or Bachelors Degree desired but not required. 

  • Appropriate technical certifications in electrical or mechanical fields preferred.

  • Must have 2 years of experience in a leadership/supervisory role.

  • Must have a minimum of 3+ years total mechanical maintenance experience within a manufacturing company. 

  • Must have knowledge of maintenance planning

  • Will have ideally had demonstrated leadership among a group of employees in productivity, quality and safety. 

  • Must possess a strong safety and maintenance background.

  • Will have process acumen, be results-driven and possess strong communications skills. 

  • Have a previous background in corrugated, paper or similar manufacturing environments.




  • Corrugated paper or packaging industry experience is a great plus

  • Military background is a great plus

  • Experience in JDE is a plus


What we offer:


  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence

  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities

  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential

  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.


WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans. 




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