Cargill Maintenance Planner in Akron, Ohio

Maintenance Planner

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


The purpose of this role is to improve work efficiency and quality of the craftspeople within the Maintenance department through the development of detailed work packages. This is accomplished by eliminating delays in the planning, scheduling, coordination, kitting and work execution.

The role of the Maintenance Planner is critical to the ongoing success of the Maintenance and Reliability effort. The Planner is responsible for identifying the elements of an executable work package that should contain (but is not limited to), the work plan (including the process and desired end results), the necessary materials, tools, and permits, and labor requirements prior to passing the work on to scheduling in alignment with Reliability Excellence processes. Planners also update and adjust existing job plans and equipment data to ensure accurate files for work execution.

Planners are expected to maintain accurate equipment files as well as accurate, effective and up to date job plans. Planners are expected to walk down jobs and insure that all safety and work process considerations are incorporated into the job plan. Planners are also expected to insure that the work management portions of the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) are updated and accurate.

60% Planning and Work Effectiveness

  • In accordance with using established Reliability Excellence (RE) corporate and enterprise/group guidelines and procedures, EHS and FSQR policies; plans to maximize equipment reliability and availability through effective use of planned maintenance to quickly return equipment to design capability.

  • Creates effective and sequenced work plans in accordance with RE, maintenance and reliability strategies to effectively execute required work to ensure asset health and overall production quality.

  • Utilizes planning index to prioritize work within the facility by identifying and implementing maintenance and reliability activities through the identification of the proper resources, tools and materials.

  • Plans the execution of routine and non-routine repair procedures and preventative maintenance tasks to ensure compliance with the fundamental plant maintenance procedures and practices:

o Reviews approved work notifications through the CMMS to ensure requests meet minimum requirements of a work order to initiate work plans.

o Provides detailed work plans on documented work orders as required on all non-urgent maintenance activities including but not limited to Preventative Maintenance (PM), Predictive Maintenance (PdM), Quantitative Preventative Maintenance (qPM) and Failure Maintenance (FM).

o Establishes validation and completion requirements.

o Assists in readily identifiable route maintenance activities.

o Coordinates with Purchasing and Stores to order and reserve materials.

o Scopes work orders to estimate cost, labor, materials, equipment and special tool requirements to complete the job in a safe and cost-effective manner.

o Maintains job plan libraries to support required non-routine work, projects and overhauls via the CMMS.

o Site CMMS Super User for workflow processes.

25% Reliability Excellence

  • Responsible for supporting business and facility Reliability Excellence vision.

  • Supports common reliability processes and metrics to achieve targeted results from maintenance and reliability practices.

  • Validates the importance of Reliability Excellence through key Planning metrics (planning accuracy, planning backlog, monthly review of compliance audits, etc).

  • Supports and leverages business Reliability Excellence direction and leadership for continuous improvement of the Planning Function.

  • Competent in root cause failure analysis to continuously improve the reliability of the plant.

15% Best Practices and Continuous Improvement

  • Reviews work execution to ensure it is completed utilizing consistent maintenance and reliability best practices for job plan optimization.

  • Maintains equipment files and databases for most up to date equipment details and efficient work execution.

  • Developing knowledge of and must have awareness of the latest innovations, technology and trends for planning maintenance and reliability activities.

  • Intimately involved and at times can lead the PM Optimization process for the facility to review job tasks and pre-determined frequencies of existing work.



  • 8 or more years of relevant work experience in a skilled maintenance role.

  • Strong mechanical and some electrical expertise in troubleshooting and problem solving.

  • Computer skills with knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

  • Must have ability to work effectively with a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).


  • Previous Maintenance Planner or Coordinator experience.

  • Associate or BS degree in a technical discipline.

  • Previous experience with a CMMS (Maximo, SAP Plant Maintenance, etc).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-OH-Akron

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: AKR00175