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Reliability Engineer - New Ulm, MN

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive plant reliability strategy.
  • Responsible for improving equipment availability and reliability through the implementation of the following processes:  Continuous improvement and defect elimination through RCA (Root Cause Analysis); Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) through the implementation of condition based monitoring, planned preventative maintenance and accurate maintenance practices
  • Implement best Proactive maintenance practices including lubrication, laser alignment, etc.
  • Implement condition based maintenance technologies including vibration and oil analysis, IR thermography, ultrasonic testing and NDT 
  • Responsible for defining PM and PdM procedures and frequency of implementation
  • Identify and standardize on critical spare parts
  • Interface with Maintenance Planner to confirm that PM procedures and intervals are entered into CMMS and are consistent with asset performance
  • Interface with Maintenance Supervisor to validate equipment performance, maintain and document all training requirements.
  • Provide periodic asset utilization accounting and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data
  • Initiate and implement maintenance related small capital projects that result in improvement of process efficiency, upgrading of utility systems or improved operational safety including
  • Perform PM optimization procedures and training information.
  • Provide input into the selection of new equipment capable of providing improved operations and reduced downtime.
  • Support maintenance and engineering groups as needed.
  • Enforce all Firmenich specific maintenance safety policies.



  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, preferably mechanical or Chemical (with mechanical and or electrical aptitude). Will consider associate degree with 15 years experience.
  • 5-7 years of engineering / maintenance experience in a manufacturing plant environment preferably with continuous operating equipment and discrete unit operations specifically with rotating components.
  • Specific experience with creation and implementation of reliability based maintenance technologies such as vibration analysis, IR thermography, oil analysis, NDT, PM, lubrication, etc.
  • Proven track record of Continuous Improvement projects.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance to production for equipment operating problems.
  • Specific experience with the proper application of reliability based maintenance of rotating components and other process equipment and instrumentation.
  • Ability to effectively supervise contractors and Firmenich maintenance personnel as needed.
  • Ability to read and interpret process, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation drawings from vendors and design engineers.
  • Knowledge of OSHA guidelines, RCA procedures.
  • Ability to lead breakdown analysis and breakdown elimination projects and teams.
  • 3D design software experience is a big plus, AutoCAD experience required.
  • Rockwell Studio 5000 experience highly desired


We value:

  • Diversity, Inclusiveness, Belonging
  • Work Ethics, Reliability
  • Continuous Improvement Mindset, Leadership, Courage to be Innovative
  • Teamwork, Positive Attitude, Motivation, Adaptability
  • Safety & Quality Conscious, Integrity

We offer:

  • High Challenge and High Reward Environment
  • Entry to exciting and inspiring world of perfumes and taste
  • Culture that values diversity where people are at the heart of the company
  • Opportunity to work for a company that cares about the environment and sets and achieves ambitious sustainability objectives

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.


Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran


At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly.


We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:

* Generous Paid Time Off!

* Quarterly Bonus Potential!

* Retirement Plans!

* 401(k) with Company Match!

* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!

* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!

* Flexible Spending Accounts!

* Tobacco-Free Campus!

* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!

Nearest Major Market: New Ulm

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