Post Holdings Regional Reliability Specialist in Chaska, Minnesota

Michael Foods, Inc. is a leader in the food processing and distribution industry with business in egg products, refrigerated grocery and potato products. Join our company and be part of an innovative team that’s First in Food.


The Regional Reliability Specialist is responsible for supporting multiple plants to enable and deliver sustainable asset maintenance program. The Reliability Specialist must champion MFI Reliable Management Program, MFI Business Sponsorship Program, MFI Apprentice Programs and assist in their development at the Plant level. The Reliability Specialist is also responsible for partnering with their responsible plants to establish a continuous improvement culture in maintenance. The position provides support, coaching, training and development within the Plants on asset care with the end goal of a sustained proactive planned maintenance that enables positive results in availability, performance, uptime, cost and utilization.


  • Promote MFI culture, values and principles as well as participate in company functions.

  • Must observe and practice all Department/Plant Procedures including wearing proper PPE, adherence to all safety, Food Safety and sanitation standard as well as follow all GMP guidelines.

  • To improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of assets through the application of Engineering expertise in providing effective, solutions to reliability and maintenance issues.

  • Develop effective utilization of conditional monitoring and/or predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies (vibration, thermal imaging, oil analysis, ultrasound, etc…) designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems.

  • Perform and Lead Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA), RCM2 analysis for critical equipment and FMECA (Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis) for unreliable assets based on economic evaluation.

  • Responsible for MFI Business Sponsorship Program, Maintenance Skills Program and Apprentice Program to produce result in building MFI talent pipeline and retention

  • Develop precision maintenance training including development of material for the training and conducting the training for mechanics and operators.

  • Deliver technical support to the Engineering Department on the selection of mechanical equipment based on reliability improvements and industry codes, standards and best practices

  • Provide specifications and recommend design modifications for equipment such as compressor, turbines, pumps, blowers and packaging equipment.

  • Provide technical expertise and mentoring to plant site technical personnel as required i.e. Offer input to the site teams on materials selection on an as needed basis

  • From time to time supervise contractor engineering professionals that may be assigned to support different reliability programs

  • Work with the reliability team to revamp existing procedures/technical guidelines including establishing any new guidelines and standards.

  • Propose and monitor key performance indicators in accordance with the Best Maintenance Practices and encourage alignment between all functions (Engineering, Production, Quality Management, etc.) to close KPI gaps

  • Insure the implementation of all repairs/modifications resulting from gap assessments, plant audits, notifications and loss improvement activities of existing equipment

  • Drive Conformance to Reliable Manufacturing Standards with Plant Personal through partnership and education.

  • Perform audits and inspections at contractor’s shops to ensure quality of new and repaired rotating equipment.

  • Applies value analysis to repair/replace, repair/redesign, and make/buy decisions.

  • Provide input to the CAPEX plan


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering from an accredited University or equivalent technical experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Rotating Equipment in a Reliability, Maintenance or Engineering roles

  • Utilize Critical thinking: use of logic, reasoning, and calculations to identify alternative solutions, conclusions, and approaches to solve equipment problems

  • Show ability to listen, understand information and ideas, express ideas in a clearly and concise manner through oral and written communication

  • Knowledge and understanding of predictive technologies for rotating equipment evaluations

  • Computer Systems: Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Visio); Reliability Software (Wiebul Analysis, RCM, Mechanical Integrity Software)

  • RCM Practitioner and RCFA Methodology to identify the casual factors for component, equipment or system failures

  • Strong knowledge of API, ASME, and ANSI specs/standards, specifically API 610/682/686 (Certifications is an added advantage)

  • Applied knowledge of RCM2 (Reliability Centered Maintenance) practices

  • Must have Continuous Improvement Knowledge (5S, Kaizen, Standard Work, TPM, RCA)

  • Ability to travel up to 50% to other sites and drive solutions to complex technical issues.

  • Demonstrated use of SAP or other CMMS as an effective maintenance management tool for pulling equipment information and history

  • Working knowledge of pumps, blowers, compressors and packaging equipment design, fabrication, operation, repair, failure analysis and reliability improvement


  • Corrosion Protection to control the corrosion of metal surfaces through materials selection and Cathodic Protection

  • CMRP (Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional) or member of SMRP (Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.