Maintenance Manager

Kern Oil & Refining Co. (Kern) is an independent oil refining and marketing company.  Our headquarters and refinery are located in the central California city of Bakersfield where Kern is an important producer and supplier of California approved gasoline and diesel fuel.  The refinery was originally constructed in 1934 and has continued over the years to be a reliable source for gasoline and diesel fuel for the California Central Valley.

Kern is committed to remaining competitive in the marketplace while maintaining a productive refinery in compliance with the challenging business environment of today.  Kern employs about 115 people and is committed to providing a safe working environment for all while working diligently to provide cleaner fuels. 

Position Description

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for leading and managing Kern Oil's maintenance department. The Maintenance Manager shall direct and coordinate the utilization of resources to achieve strategic maintenance and reliability objectives in the most efficient, economic means. This includes achieving Kern objectives in the areas of maintenance and reliability programs, preparation and tracking of a maintenance budget, and oversight of all maintenance activities including turnarounds.

Typical Duties:

  • Serve as a plant maintenance and reliability program leader to maintain and ensure operation of refinery related equipment.
  • Maintain a good understanding of auxiliary equipment such as water systems, air compressors, boilers, cooling towers, etc.
  • Manages Refining maintenance activity including planning, scheduling, monitoring, forecasting, resource allocation and cost control.
  • Manage and assist in the completion of the day-to-day activities involving the maintenance of the refinery.
  • Responsible for planning, scheduling of labor and equipment, and budgeting for refinery turn-arounds.
  • Responsible for managing routine maintenance planning / scheduling activities in accordance with refinery safety policies and procedures, design, schedule, and budgets.
  • Refine, maintain, and drive the preventive maintenance program. Develop and manage maintenance preventive projects.
  • Manage maintenance department workforce and contractor trades to work productively and hold them accountable to performance expectations and assist maintenance supervisor when needed.
  • Minimizes costs and disruption to refinery caused by maintenance activity.
  • Prepare budgets and secure estimates and cost quotes as needed.
  • Prepare and submit a monthly report. Participate and assist in progress reports and reviews.
  • Communicate both written and verbal with equipment manufacturers and vendors.
  • Arrange for and manage, appropriate third-party contractor support, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required. Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with refinery process applications or a closely related industrial setting.
  • Possess strong knowledge of refining process equipment.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and remain focused and organized.
  • Ability to effectively delegate responsibility and manage the work activities of others.
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees, contractors/consultants and agency representatives.
  • Ability to be decisive and make decisions to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Must have excellent computer skills as demonstrated by ability to compile and present information and data utilizing Microsoft Office.

Kern offers competitive salary and benefits.

Apply now for immediate consideration!

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

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