Refrigeration Maintenance Manager

Ocean Beauty Seafoods

Kodiak, AK

Responsible for managing all aspects of the refrigeration department. This includes managing the upkeep of all refrigeration assets (to include but not limited to 621 Shelikof, Lilly Lake assets), managing maintenance budget and resources, and assisting in the design and installation of new systems. In addition, this position is responsible for managing multiple shifts of Maintenance personnel and mechanics. 


This position is a hands-on Management position. Meaning you will work to make this plant functional first and foremost.

  • Performs maintenance management by supervising maintenance personnel and establishing priorities in maintenance schedules.
  • Maintains manufacturing assets and facility, parts inventory, monitoring purchase orders, invoice approvals, and manages the department budget.
  • Manages maintenance personnel by setting direction and priorities.
  • Provides training and continuous development on all maintenance personnel.
  • Performs Performance Evaluations on direct reports at least twice a year.
  • Verifies Performance Evaluations are being performed on technical work force by their direct report.
  • Drives the Maintenance and Reliability initiative focused on Preventive & Predictive Maintenance, not reactive.
  • Performs other duties by coordinating work with outside inspections, providing project management, ensuring safety of personnel, and performing other duties as required.
  • Managing, maintaining, and establishing maintenance procedures for production lines in a food manufacturing environment to ensure production meets or performs better than budget.
  • Developing and maintaining quality standards.
  • Developing and maintaining associate safety standards to include PSM.
  • Develop associate and supervisor skills by conducting training meetings; one on one development sessions; outside technical skills training; and establishing and monitoring performance reviews for supervisors.
  • Setting and maintaining departmental budget by reviewing financial statements, monitoring line efficiencies, monitoring labor cost, and other expenses.
  • Participate in designing and developing future production capacities by attending design meetings; coordinating with Research & Development regarding product changes and improvements; and updating maintenance operating procedures and schedules to incorporate the changes.
  • Responsible for maintaining Food Safety and Quality Systems as assigned.
  • Prompt and reliable attendance is an essential function of this job.
  • Must be able to come to the plant at any time of the day or night unless on a scheduled vacation. Must sign in for daily work duties by 6am and sign out at 6pm daily. If the plant has an issue that shuts the plant down at night for more than an hour you must be able to come to the plant and help fix the issue with the night shift maintenance crew.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Five years of operations management in a food manufacturing environment.
  • Preference for experience in the fish processing industry.
  • Preference for experience in frozen food manufacturing environment.
  • Safety Management and Risk Management experience with an ammonia refrigeration system preferred.
  • Excellent communication and coaching skills.
  • Detail oriented and organized.
  • Proficient computer skills in spreadsheets, data bases and word processing.
  • Excellent technical knowledge of equipment, products and processes.
  • Self-motivated, results orientated and excellent personal skills.
  • Strong knowledge in Maintenance and Reliability.
  • Strong knowledge/experience managing maintenance through CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management system).
  • Strong background in HAACP; safety; GMP; and AIB, PSM.
  • Must have a hands-on work ethic.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Must relocate to Alaska


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervisory responsibilities include monitoring associate performance for a regular group or work unit. This includes providing input on hiring, disciplinary actions, work objectives and their effectiveness, and realigning the department as needed. Also responsible for the development of both the Leadership and Technical group.


Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Work involves daily exposure to unusual elements such as dirt, dust, fumes, extreme temperatures, humidity, darkness, and/or noise.
  • Work environment involves daily exposure to physical risks, such as working around mechanical, chemical, and electrical hazards.
  • Position requires the ability to stand, sit at a desk, walking around office and plant, lifting and carrying packages up to 50 pounds, utilizing fine dexterity. Requires reaching, kneeling, crawling and twisting to inspect equipment. Also requires the ability to see, Hear, and communicate with associates as well as others by utilizing professional etiquette.
  • Personal protective equipment, as defined by OBI Seafoods, will be provided.
  • Position will be exposed to different levels of stress and responsibilities.



  • Will demonstrate, promote and exemplify the Company’s Core Values in People, Quality and Growth.


This job description in no way implies that the duties listed here are the only ones the employee can be required to perform. The employee is expected to perform other tasks, duties, and training as dictated by their supervisors.

OBI Seafoods is an equal opportunity employer and provides for the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of women, handicapped persons, Disabled, Veterans, and members of all ethnic minority groups in all areas of work.

OBI Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/AA M/F/VETS/DISABILITY