Refrigeration Supervisor

Kansas, 1600 W. McKay St., Frontenac, Kansas, United States of America Req #1662
Monday, November 13, 2023
Sugar Creek Packing Co., founded in 1966, is a flourishing privately held, family owned food company. Its commitment to making the highest-quality, best-value products has allowed Sugar Creek to grow into one of the largest independent bacon processors servicing the global market.

Direct and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Refrigeration Department, including scheduling adequate personnel and maintenance work orders. Perform routine maintenance and repairs as needed to keep ammonia refrigeration system and facilities operating efficiently and in a safe manner. Coordinate with Plant Management to establish maintenance schedules so as to minimize downtime on production.


  • Train and supervise all Refrigeration Technicians and PSM Coordinator to ensure safe and proper maintenance procedures and practices are followed.
  • Manage the schedules for all Refrigeration Department employees so that adequate personnel are on hand to address any potential issues that may arise.
  • Follow Lockout/Tagout procedures at all times and ensure all Maintenance Personnel are following Lockout/Tagout procedures at all times.
  • Conduct annual mechanical integrity audits, which includes, but is not limited to, reviewing PMs and maintenance records, creating findings report, and then incorporating findings into the Process Safety Management (PSM) protocols.
  • Create and manage work orders, distributing assignments to Refrigeration Technicians for necessary maintenance or repairs.
  • Perform routine maintenance, such as inspecting drives, motors or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filters or doing other preventive maintenance actions.
  • Repair ammonia refrigeration system, equipment or structures, using tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, wrenches or equipment such as precision measuring instruments or electrical or electronic testing devices.
  • Conduct daily walkthroughs of the ammonia refrigeration system, control valve groups and compressor room, assessing staffing needs and inspecting machines and equipment.
  • Create preventative maintenance (PM) schedules for all machines and piping related to the ammonia refrigeration system.
  • Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals or parts catalogs as necessary.
  • Assist and prepare for EPA and OSHA audits as needed.
  • Review repairs/maintenance performed by Refrigeration Technicians to ensure proper procedures are followed regarding work performance and safety procedures.
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Support all safety, food quality and sanitation initiatives and policies.
  • Follow SugarCreek safety rules and procedures.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.

Education: High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
Experience: 10+ years in maintenance or mechanical field; experience in food manufacturing and refrigeration systems preferred.
Certification or Licensure Requirements: Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator (CIRO) Certification.


  • Possess knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance.
  • Able to communicate complex information effectively to other employees.
  • Able to troubleshoot effectively to diagnose mechanical issues.
  • Know how to use maintenance software and office computer programs, especially Microsoft Office.
  • Know how to manage other employees and resolve issues between employees that may arise.
  • Able to strictly follow any and all safety procedures and policies in place.
  • Able to use logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Know how to operate industrial-size equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Possess adequate hand dexterity to manipulate or move objects.
  • Able to work well with others in a team environment.

No unusual physical requirements. Physical requirements are consistent with typical maintenance positions. Employees will at times have to lift items weighing upwards of 60 lbs. Most physical activity will consist of standing/walking during the day, working on various machines, and sitting at a desk only occasionally. The use of stairs/ladders is common in performing certain maintenance or retrieving certain tools or parts. Maintenance on some machines will require bending, stooping, or crawling.

Some travel to other locations is required.

Very little work is performed in a comfortable, indoor, office-like facility. Most work is performed in an indoor, manufacturing facility with close proximity to heavy and hazardous machinery. Safety wear is required, including hard hat, hairnet, hearing protection, safety glasses, steel toe boots, coats and other necessary equipment. Some work is performed outside of the manufacturing facility.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

We participate in E-verify.  Participamos en E-verify.

Right to Work.  Derecho al Trabajo.

Other details

  • Job Family Engineering and Maintenance
  • Job Function Indirect
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Required Education High School
Location on Google Maps
  • Kansas, 1600 W. McKay St., Frontenac, Kansas, United States of America