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Marketing- & Communicatiespecialist



Marketing & Communications
Maasdijk, Netherlands
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2024


The Engineering Manager has full responsibility for all Engineering and Maintenance activities for Netafim USA and is the primary liaison for all Netafim Global Engineering and Maintenance activities.

The focus of this position is on the use of these skills and training to provide quality equipment, facilities, services, and consultation that are capable of meeting engineering department and plant/business unit requirements within the defined budget. These services include equipment concepts, layout and design of new equipment and facilities and revisions and improvements to the same. Also included are selection of materials and equipment and purchasing decisions; technical advice to maintenance personnel; project management, coordinating, expediting and liaison services in support of installation, revision, and maintenance work of equipment within the facility.


Manages Engineering Functions

· To provide for future products and expansions and continuous improvement of existing processes and equipment.

· Oversees the capital improvement programs, assists with plant maintenance efforts, and assures that plant maintenance remains within budget.

· Directs and supports engineering and maintenance efforts to aid and improve plant production.

· Responsible for developing engineered solutions for plant safety and environmental issues.

· Assisting and mentoring principal contacts, such as other engineers, plant manufacturing personnel, maintenance mechanics and electricians and other similar personnel, within the plant and outside of the plant through technical expertise, training, and project leadership.

· Drives initiatives that relate to Environmental, Health & Safety, Quality, People, Cost, Growth and Continuous Improvement. Ensures all Engineering and Maintenance Team members understand and believe that overall safety is our priority.

· Provides expert process knowledge and applies engineering science to establish and maintain control and capability for production processes and for continuously improving technology.

· Maintains a high level of internal control over assigned business processes and implements controls to adequately manage business risks consistent with Netafim USA expectations. This involves continuous compliance, auditing, & certification of assigned business processes (Lean Manufacturing philosophy, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001-2004).

· Recognizes the need, investigates feasibility, and implements various advanced concepts and major improvements in all production areas to maintain and enhance the facility’s economic position.

· Provides creative, innovative, and comprehensive problem-solving capability.



· Assists in preparing plant capital plan.

· Prepares cost estimates for projects.

· Oversees preparation of capital Request for Authorization’s and Return on Investment

· Manages all phases of the Capital Project implementation process.

· Manages location’s capital budget.

· Ensures that contractor safe practices are met and that all necessary safety evaluations are performed.


· Creates and coordinates plant maintenance strategy.

· Coordinates maintenance training

· Ensures that preventive and predictive maintenance programs meet the needs of the plant.

· Investigates and resolves manufacturing problems through the direction and deployment of manufacturing engineering to optimize product performance while minimizing cost.

· Conducts studies related to design, production methods and equipment to recommend improvements which will optimize product performance while minimizing cost.

· Monitors and reports on cost reductions which are a result of method improvements to improve profit margins.

· Ensures continued departmental effectiveness through the selection, development, training, and motivation of competent staff.

· Initiates, reviews and up-dates engineering standards and guidelines, repair and maintenance recommendations, and equipment supply sources and cost data in support of plant operations.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field plus a minimum of 10 to 15 years of progressive engineering and maintenance experience in a technologically advanced plant environment with at least five years of management experience with skilled technical personnel.
  • Must have good PC skills, which includes Microsoft Office software knowledge, basic web tools, and demonstrated knowledge of computer-aided design and engineering.
  • Must have excellent communication skills as well as an aptitude for detailed work requiring a high degree of accuracy.
  • Lean Six-Sigma certification is a plus.


Potential for extended periods of standing/walking in and around the production facility.

Potential for long periods of sedentary computer data analysis.

Under some circumstances, will be required to be “On Call” for this 24/7/365 production facility.