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Maintenance Manager

Portland, TX, USA Req #657
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Our mechanics come to Savage for the challenge, growth and focus on safety, but they stay because of the outstanding culture that exists here.  Our company was founded on processing and transporting materials for our customers. We understand and respect our Team Members as the lifeblood of what we do.  Team Members are encouraged to find a better way and are enabled to “do things they never dreamed possible”.    

The successful candidate will be managing all mechanical operations on a day to day basis, including inspection, maintenance, and repair of freight and tank cars.  The goal of the position is ensuring the on-time performance of trains and delivery of rolling stock to meet Customer requirements at the Savage Gulf Rail Facility in Gregory, TX.      

These are just a few of the benefits you can expect from working with Savage 

  • Opportunities for Growth
  • Annual bonus
  • Paid Holidays
  • Profit Sharing
  • Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, and 401(k) with match
  • $100 annual Steel-toe boot allowance
  • We provide Uniforms & PPE (laundering included) 

 Here is what you will be doing

  • Oversight and leadership of all railcar repair/maintenance activities for the site
  • Active involvement in railcar repair activities
  • Management of railcar repair throughput
  • Leadership of safe and cost efficient repair shop and team
  • Control of inventory and accurate billing of Customers based on use of parts and consumables
  • Overall facility upkeep management – including internally performed and externally contracted
  • Oversight of potential contractors used for difficult to perform or environmentally sensitive railcar repair work
  • Oversight of potential contractors for facility repair
  • Upkeep of AAR and FRA compliance and Quality Assurance program for railcar repair
  • Occasional facility oversight during non-regular business hours
  • Safety and Training leadership – ensuring all training for repair and inspection Team Members are up to date; managing a safe workplace where Team Members do not perform work for which they are not qualified
  • Maintaining OSHA compliance
  • Safety and Health Leadership to ensure hazardous or compromising shipments in railcars are appropriately handled
  • Ensure compliance with Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) best practices for containing Polyethylene plastics

Safety Orientation 

  • Oversee the overall application of safety processes and procedures
  • Validate the completion of front line Team Member’s efficiency and quality
  • Build safety and improve safety results using SHAPS (Savage Hazard Analysis Process) and QAP (Quality Assurance Process) programs
  • Provide positive and constructive feedback as well as coaching to Team Members
  • Lead the on-boarding and training activities of new repair and inspection Team Members
  • Monitor and manage the safe inspection and repair of rolling stock
  • Ensure processes and Team Members are in place to audit and ensure compliance requirements meeting (Association of American Railroads (AAR) inspections, qualifications, re-certification's and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) policies and procedures)

Problem Solving 

  • Responsible for managing billable activities and Team Members productivity
  • Review production and operations KPI’s and resolve operations and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and operational delays
  • Maintain teamwork among Team Members, contractors, and internal clients by acting with a sense of urgency to respond to issues as they may arise
  • Actively communicate scheduling and priority of railcar repairs to Customers

Planning and Organizing 

  • Ensure the execution of mechanical activities in area of responsibility
  • Establish effective strategies and metrics to measure, control and improve rolling stock reliability and availability for internal and external customers safely
  • Ensure the timely processing of inbound and outbound car inspections
  • Manage car repair in train or repair track

General Leadership 

  • Build and lead an effective, high performing team
  • Lead, plan, and manage the overall repair and maintenance of rolling stock equipment
  • Manage Team Members to ensure mechanical work performed is within Federal, AAR and Savage standards
  • Communicate company goals and policies to create clear understanding of direction and expectations

Requirements of a Successful Maintenance Manager 

  • Ability to work on varying shifts for the operations that run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays
  • Ability to work in potentially harsh weather conditions
  • Experience in Mechanical Repair and inspection environments
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a railroad mechanical shop.   Comprehensive knowledge of car types, components and operation, inspection and repair, yard rules and regulatory requirements
  • Minimum 3 years’ supervisory railroad experience or comparable
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Strong ability to perform well under pressure and in situations and circumstances and adapt to changing situations
  • Must display logistical and critical thinking, multi-tasking, problem solving, and decision making skills
  • Ability to display strong planning and organizational skills, while prioritizing tasks and instructions
  • Demonstrate good team work and maintain positive interaction with others
  • Dedication to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality, productivity, safety and customer satisfaction
  • Experience in welding, Hopper car lining touch-up preferred
  • Basic computer skills
  • Experience in AAR billing and job write-ups   

Savage has been designated as a 2020 Military Friendly Employer. Additional information on our Veteran’s Program, “Savage Patriots” can be found at

Savage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a drug free workplace.

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  • Portland, TX, USA