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at AAK USA, Inc.
Newark, NJ

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Newark, NJ

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Job Description



AAK USA Inc. is a global leader with over 100 years of history in producing and selling value-adding vegetable oil solutions for food and non-food applications. Our products go into food market sectors such as bakery, dairy, confectionary, and infant nutrition, and our non-food applications include fats and oils for use in personal care products, candles, animal feed, and much more. AAK has industry leading products, services and technologies that enable our customers to succeed. We have a proven track record of working side by side with our customers to create solutions that work. Please visit our website at www.aak.com

We are currently seeking An experienced  Maintenance Planner/Scheduler for our Port Newark, NJ facility, who will be responsible for coordination of planning activities between production planner and maintenance groups for scheduled intervention of assets for preventative maintenance activities, mitigation of defects and repairs or equipment modifications.  Supports management of MRO inventory for the manufacturing areas. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (to include but not limited to)

  • Conduct/participates in weekly planning meetings with production supervisors and Production planners to establish asset availability for intervention, work order priorities, as well as review recommended planned maintenance actions for the following week, coordinate asset access and availability to meet needs

  • Develop / validates job tasks associated with PM and PDM procedures for manufacturing equipment and enter into CMMS, update as needed.

  • Develops long range as well as short range planning, long range planning includes regular analysis of backlog and open work orders (PM, PdM, corrective. project).

  • Responsible for screening initial job orders, receives all requests for maintenance work except those to be completed on the same day and screens the work order for proper format.

  • Analyzes job requirements and assesses best methods for accomplishing the task through conference with requester, operations team, engineering and the maintenance supervisor. 

  • Researches job requirements, reviews equipment history, reviews previously completed similar jobs, and identifies safe work practices required.

  • Creates detailed job plan, sequence of events, and task dependencies

  • Determines resource requirements including crew size and hours, prepares a bill of materials, (source materials not in stock and forward to purchasing Specialist for acquisition, procure as needed, determine special tools, external resources (rigging, scaffolding, etc), provide total cost in terms of labor, materials, external resources.

  • Prepares job detailed work order, detailed job plan, labor deployment by craft and skills with man-hour estimates, shutdown requirements, Bill of materials for the job (requisitioned for job use), required permits, prints, sketches, pictures, special procedures, etc.

  • Submits a job preparation package to the appropriate maintenance lead or manager for scheduling with production, must reviews the job package with the supervisor to ensure clarity of execution strategy and vision. 

  • Reviews schedule compliance with the maintenance manager daily

  • Reviews work order closeout information including man-hours charged, materials used, and comments noted, checks proper disposition of leftover materials, specials tools, or stock items

  • Arranges, coordinates and supervises the use of outside contract resources to support planned maintenance shutdowns. 

  • Calculates actual verses schedule labor efficiency for completed work

  • Provides planning for major and minor system shutdowns 

  • Works with the maintenance/reliability manager in developing maintenance procedures for new equipment and/or systems taking into account any recommendations from the OEM’s and asset performance

  • Prepares scope definition and estimates for production improvement projects (Operations, Project Engineering, Maintenance, Utilities)

  • Develops long-term solutions to reoccurring asset problems

  • Owns Site CMMS system, coordinates updates and training as required

  • Supports management of MRO inventory


  • High School Diploma or GED

  • 5-10 years experience in chemical, food, pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.

  • 5-10 years’ experience inventory control and management

  • 5–10 years of maintenance  planning experience with large rotating equipment

  • Proficient knowledge of mechanical/chemical plant equipment, parts and supplies.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret, technical procedures, technical catalogs.  

  • Ability to read and understand governmental regulations and company policy and procedures.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions managers, co-workers, customers, vendors and the general workforce.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts and apply those concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word, and Excel software, and CMMS systems.

  • CMRP Certification preferred

  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the US, now and in the future, without sponsorship. 


AAK USA, Inc.  is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to workforce diversity. EOE. M/F/D/V.


Company Description

AAK Foodservice, a division of AAK USA, a Swedish based, world leading producer of high value-added specialty vegetable oils and fats, is a National Foodservice Manufacturer and supplier recognized as the leader in Customer Service and Innovative Solutions. Our purpose is to improve the quality of life of our customers and our employees. We make it our mission to ensure the safety of all employees, develop a highly engaged workforce, and enable our customers to meet their goals while operating in a sustainable and ethical fashion.
We make safe, enjoyable food for customers and consumers while adhering to our team values. At AAK Foodservice we encourage and challenge each other, by speaking honestly and openly and being committed and accountable to one another. We have high expectations of ourselves and rely on one another to produce an enhance trust within our team.

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