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GRETNA, LA, US, 70053

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. Zatarain's, a leader in New Orleans cuisine owned by McCormick, is seeking an Engineering and Maintenance Manager at its facility located in Gretna, Louisiana.

With $4 billion in annual sales, McCormick & Company, Incorporated manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry - retail outlets, food manufacturers and food service businesses. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick makes every moment and meal better. To learn more please visit us at

As an employer recognized for our exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick & Co., Inc. offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services which address the needs of employees and their families. Zatarain’s benefits include, but are not limited to tuition assistance, medical & dental, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), defined contribution plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. 

Job Overview 

Under the direction of the Plant Manager, the Engineering & Maintenance Manager directs the activities of Project Engineering, Process Engineering, Building Maintenance, Security, and Maintenance Operations.  Incumbent is responsible for all Divisional, Plant and Departmental goals, including reliability, cost reduction, waste reduction, safety, quality and sanitation improvements, downtime reduction, as well as ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures. In addition, this position will monitor progress towards goals and make certain that capital projects and other resources are being utilized to provide maximum benefits to the facility.  Demonstrates a deep respect for the capabilities of all people, believing that people will contribute to what they understand and feel is in their best and self-interest.  Must be able to structure their approach based on the core belief that the success of the company depends upon the capabilities and contributions of all people in the organization.  Incumbent works collectively with Plant Leadership to actualize McCormick's vision and ensure objectives are met.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Team Management: Manage day-to-day activities of Maintenance department, Process Engineering, Project Engineering, and outside building contractors. Will set goals, priorities, monitor progress, and evaluate performance of staff to ensure the maximum benefit of the resources expended. Creates an empowered environment (MHPS), ensuring that the Engineering & Maintenance organization and its people understand the goals and objective (OGSM's) of the business and that they have the resource and support to accomplish them.  Establishes an environment that ensures and supports open and healthy communications..
  • CAAP Execution: Prepare and manage Capital Asset Acquisition Proposal (CAAP's) annual budget.  Ensure that projects are planned properly to provide suffucient funding, review data to ensure that results are achievable, and obtain necessary approvals.  Closely monitor projects to ensure they are completed as planned and that funds are utilized properly. On an ongoing basis, initiate design changes and modifications to further improve machine efficiency, to facilitate packaging design changes and cost reductions, and to expand the capability of existing equipment to handle new products.
  • Strategic Planning: Development of both strategic capital plans, ensuring an acceptable return on investment replacement of worn or obsolete equipment, expansion of capacity to meet sales growth, equipment modification or replacement related to packaging changes or cost reduction, as well as development of expanded productive capacity for new products.Coordinate the selection, design, and layout of processing and packaging machinery to ensure efficiency, optimum space utilization, and adequate production capacity. 
  • Process & Program Standardization: Responsible for ensuring that all engineering and maintenance processes are completely documented (including Capital start up plans, SOPs, DOPs, and run documents), and implement any changes to these processes. Accountable for the development and implementation of effective preventive maintenance programs, along with the establishment of a proficient maintenance stores procurement and inventory control system, as applicable.

  • Risk Management: Responsible for meeting all regulatory requirements pertaining to the areas of waste disposal, air emissions, and facilities permits and codes.  Responsible for timely filing of all regulatory documents to the appropriate Federal, State, and Local Governmental agencies. Ensure that safety and security measures are in place for the facility.  This includes maintenance of sprinkler system meeting fire code and insurance carrier requirements, installation of fire fighting equipment, and maintenance of an internal alarm and evacuation system.  Responsible for meeting all regulatory requirements pertaining to waste disposal, emissions, facility permits and codes.  Also, responsible for filing with the appropriate Federal, State, and Local Gov't agencies

  • Budget Management: Creates operating budgets and capital budgets with other leadership teams members. Manage department expense budgets with appropriate accounting information and support. Participates in the business planning and budgeting process. Develops short and long-term cost containment/reduction strategies. Manages operating budget for Engineering, Facilities, and Maintenance. 



This role has contact with suppliers, vendors, and key customers for assigned areas. Strong relationships with HQ  Engineering, Marketing, Packaging Development, Plants.  Provides mentoring, coaching and leading technology and technical skills development  


Strong communication and diplomacy skills are required to guide and influence others.  Leadership of exempt staff to achieve common objectives.  May interface with external parties as representative of the plant/facility.    Strong cross-functional strategic leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Ability to translate strategy into actionable information in small or large groups in a clear, concise, and professional manner.  Ability to influence upwards.


Experience Required:

  • Relevant Engineering degree (ME, CHemE, IE, EE)
  • Minimum 7-10 years manufacturing experience in food processing, pharmaceutical, or chemical process plus progressive leadership experience. 
  • Shop floor/information systems experience; i.e. PC, PLC, Robotics.  Process engineering/analytica process mapping experience. 
  • Knowledge of CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) and P.M. (preventative maintenance) practices.  Experience in Food Processing an asset.

McCormick and Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future. 


United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: New Orleans