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POET Maintenance Manager in Ashton, Iowa


Our 28 Bioprocessing facilities produce over 1.9 billion gallons of ethanol, 5 million tons of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and 600 million pounds of our Voila® corn oil. That’s a lot of product! In addition, we provide CO2 to the beverage industry and contribute to sustainable roadways. We also buy 650 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET bioprocessing to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.


The Maintenance Manager is responsible for supervising all positions within the Maintenance Department and will work collectively with the Plant Management team to coordinate and discuss plans to maximize bioprocessing performance. Team members in this position are in charge of coordinating and supporting the bioprocessing facility maintenance team and contractors to achieve a safe and efficient completion of the workload. The Maintenance Manager is also accountable for developing preventative maintenance schedules for process equipment and maintaining up-to-date Standard Operating Procedures. POET bioprocessing facilities operate on a 24-hour continuous schedule. Team member must be available as needed.


  • Ensure team members are trained in all aspects of existing maintenance procedures.

  • Provide trend and root cause failure analysis that affects the plant safety, operation and reliability.

  • Support maintenance team members as well as contractors to ensure tasks are completed in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Assist Maintenance Technicians with duties as necessary; this includes, but is not limited to, routine cleaning and testing and working on the floor with Technicians when shutdowns occur.

  • Schedule and complete work orders and projects needed for repair or upgrades.

  • Coordinate facility shutdown planning and execution with the management team.

  • Oversee the application and completion of the facility’s preventative maintenance schedules for all equipment and work orders.

  • Maintain the preventative maintenance (PM) and equipment database in the Maximo system.

  • Remove, install, rebuild, weld, torch, lubricate and clean all equipment associated with bioprocessing processes as assigned

  • Create and present reports detailing maintenance activities, state of bioprocessing equipment, shut down planning and cost control.

  • Contact contractors and vendors to assist in troubleshooting and maintaining bioprocessing equipment as needed.

  • Assist the management team in the development of the annual Repair and Maintenance budget.

  • Maintain the spare parts inventory and supplies; support the purchasing function in coordination with the maintenance team.

  • Work closely with other operating departments to reduce or eliminate down time as directed by the management team.

  • Ensure compliance with all company, State and Federal regulatory agency policies and rules and assist in implementing approved changes.

  • Ensure all daily documentation and accountability of required mechanical information is completed in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Operate equipment including, but not limited to: telehandler, skid steers, tractors, ATVs, pay loaders and forklifts.

  • Effectively manage your team by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training team members. Leadership responsibilities also include delegation, coaching and performance management and career development to effectively execute departmental strategies and support company objectives.

  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.

  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.

  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • Post-Secondary Education or other formal training in a technical field preferred.

  • 5 or more years’ experience in a manufacturing/processing environment required.

  • 5 years of supervisory and/or managerial experience is preferred.

  • Knowledge of cGMP food regulations and compliance with POET biorefinery regulations preferred.

  • Knowledge of principles of equipment reliability, predictive and preventative maintenance, and maintenance planning preferred.

  • Knowledge of maintenance procedures for centrifuges, drying equipment, boilers, cooling towers, chillers, air compressors, pumps, valves, electrical circuits and equipment and 4-20 milliamp instrumentation required.

  • Experience with fabrication, welding, cutting; repair of equipment such as gearboxes and agitator assemblies; boiler operations and water chemistry; material handling systems such as conveyors; preventative/proactive maintenance practices, fabrication and repair of metal/plastic piping systems; and instrument and electrical work.

  • Experience with electrical work and repairs, welding, fabricating, concrete work, hydraulics, pneumatic and fluid processes, and ability to read schematic drawings preferred.

  • Experience with Maintenance management systems such as Maximo is preferred.

  • Working knowledge of OSHA and EPA regulations for both construction and manufacturing environments.

  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.

  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.

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POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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Job ID2021-4313

Employment TypeRegular Full-Time



Travel RequiredNone

Position Location(s)US-IA-Ashton

FLSA StatusExempt