Pinnacle Foods

Reliability Engineer

US-IL-St. Elmo
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At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.


The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.




  • Develop, implement, improve and manage new and existing equipment predictive and preventive maintenance programs
  • Lead RCFE (Root Cause Failure Elimination) process to identify root cause and implement corrective actions to prevent recurrence.
  • Supervise hourly technicians focused on preventive maintenance, RCFE (Root Cause Failure Elimination) and DFR (Design for Reliability).
  • Manage the project engineer to include work assignments, projects and development.
  • Work with CI team to analyze downtime to identify chronic/sporadic failures and lead reliability improvement efforts.
  • Troubleshoot chronic issues and develop action plans to minimize impact on equipment availability.
  • Work with the Maintenance team to develop, implement and sustain reliability best practices to reduce unscheduled maintenance downtime and costs.
  • Assist in development and utilization of key reliability metrics to consistently measure performance.
  • Review and critique outage and PM execution to identify obstacles and recommend improvements.
  • Provide long-range planning for the facility and equipment needs, including capital and major repairs jointly w/ E&M Manager.
  • Assist with major equipment work scopes for bidding purposes and continue to refine/detail the scope of work.
  • Manage contractors during outages/PM’s for safety, execution and cost control.
  • Manage the capital budget for facility.
  • Make rounds through the assigned area to look for early signs of problems and address.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with employees at all levels in the facility.



Strong experience in Reliability Engineering, root cause and failure analyses (FMEA).

5+ years of engineering and maintenance experience preferred. Will consider a degreed engineer with 2-3 years’ experience with demonstrated leadership, RCM, planning and scheduling best practices.



Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Electrical or Mechanical preferred, or equivalent relevant work experience, preferably bottling industry related.

Experience as Six Sigma Black-belt or Continuous Improvement/LEAN experience preferred.


  • 5+ years of engineering and maintenance experience preferred. Will consider a degreed engineer with 2-3 years’ experience with demonstrated leadership, RCM, planning and scheduling best practices.



  • Strong communication skills, leadership skills-relationship building, and group facilitation skills.
  • Business presence, ability to work through others, technical presence, extensive circle of influence, computer skills, and strong project management.





Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer –
qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to
protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national
origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any
other legally protected basis.


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