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Electrical Supervisor
James Hardie | Tacoma, Washington
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Position Summary

The Electrical Supervisor provides direction, coordination, and support for the daily execution of the electrical crew’s operating plan.  Working with the Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Engineer, Mechanical Supervisor, Planner, Maintenance Technicians, Operations, and Safety; the Electrical Supervisor drives department productivity and quality of workmanship for the purpose of increasing overall availability and reliability of equipment.  As one of the leaders of the Maintenance Department, the Electrical Supervisor reports to the Maintenance Manager.


Position Responsibilities

Implements strategic vision for maintenance and reliability to correct, coordinate, and support plant maintenance functions by:  (65%)

  • Developing and implementing plans to reduce breakdowns, improve planned maintenance, optimize scheduled maintenance, and effectively execute down-day events;

  • Maintaining the facility in a safe manner and to a standard level of equipment availability;

  • Reviewing and observing the work of the maintenance employees and directing development/training requirements;

  • Managing all maintenance wash up days;

  • Participating in the wash up day planning, half-time, and follow-up meetings;

  • Incorporating plant delay items into weekly wash ups;

  • Maintaining close contact with Maintenance Manager to ensure maintenance activities occur with minimal disruption to production operations;

  • Driving the analysis of all electrical down time incidents to root cause;

  • Communicating individual, department, plant, and corporate performance to the electrical maintenance technicians;

  • Recommending and implementing improvement in maintenance and operational procedures;

  • Touring the plant  to interact with production, quality, safety, and maintenance to help drive cultural change and to ensure appropriate work is being performed and customer’s needs are being met;

  • Participating in the maintenance and plant safety activities;

  • Driving divisional and department KPI’s;

  • Developing and promoting the use of the Company’s computer maintenance management system (CMMS) for equipment maintenance and reliability management;

  • Participating in LCR meetings, down day planning, time to efficiency (TTE), backlog and other items as required;

  • Working with the Maintenance Planner to establish maintenance procedures in the CMMS;

  • Developing and leading projects to increase reliability of all electrical related equipment; and

  • Interfacing with mechanical, production, and other departments to facilitate the most effective maintenance solutions to avoid scheduling and delay issues.


Provides leadership to the Electrical Technicians by driving the development, implementation, and sustainability of a predictive and preventative maintenance system by:  (25%)               

  • Performing and maintaining the work flow process (work identification, planning, scheduling, execution, and auditing);

  • Leading the continual improvement and integration of the CMMS into the maintenance and production work system;

  • Capturing and recording necessary equipment and material history;

  • Reviewing previous days work packages to check for follow up work and to ensure work orders are correctly closed out;

  • Providing accurate man-hours for each wash up day to facilitate decision-making; and

  • Working with storeroom personnel to ensure the Company has the right parts, at the right price, when the part is needed.


Manages career development and training for the Electricians by:  (10%)

  • Ensuring all electrical work is performed safely and meet the most up-to-date national and local code requirements (i.e. NEC, NFPA70e, WAC rules)

  • Ensuring that the technicians remain proficient with advancing technologies;

  • Evaluating  the skill sets of technicians as compared to operational and maintenance needs of the plant; and

  • Developing and completing action plans to eliminate any gaps.

    The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary. 

Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making:

The Electrical Supervisor balances priorities, manpower, material, and equipment availability to improve department and individual efficiency and performance.

Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:

The Electrical Supervisor provides leadership, mentoring, and has supervisory responsibility for all Electrical Leads and Technicians.

Scope of Position:

The Electrical Supervisor directs, coordinates and supports all electrical and facilities activities.  These duties include electrical, mechanical, safety, engineering, Research & Development (R&D), and reliability functions. The Electrical Supervisor works with the Planner and Maintenance Engineer to provide the best possible tools and programs to all Electrical Technicians.  Working with the Maintenance Manager, the Electrical Supervisor drives the Electrical Department to increase reliability and availability of equipment.


Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software).

  • Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals.

  • Demonstrated ability to pay attention to detail and continual diligence about follow-up.

  • Strong desire to learn.

  • Well organized with the ability to multi-task.

  • Must be able to lead and be a part of cross functional teams. 

  • Knowledgeable of root cause and fault tree analysis techniques.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • Sound judgment, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to manage the flow of all required information and documentation.

  • Ability to deliver sustainable and superior results.

  • Strong electrical and mechanical technical knowledge.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (preferred) or equivalent combination of experience and education.

  • 3 or more years of electrical supervision experience in a continuous operating (24/7) manufacturing environment.

  • 1 or more years of experience planning/scheduling through hands-on experience.

  • CMMS skills with Infor (BE) or other type of program.

  • Experience with PLC’s (Allen Bradley), HMIs (Wonderware, RSview), Motion Control (VFDs, Servo Drives), and various communications protocols.

James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

About James Hardie

James Hardie Industries N.V. manufactures and sells fibre cement building products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Europe. Its fiber cement products are used in a number of markets, including new residential construction (single and multi-family housing), manufactured housing (mobile and pre-fabricated homes), repair and remodeling and a variety of commercial and industrial applications (stores, warehouses, offices, hotels, motels, schools, libraries, museums, dormitories, hospitals, detention facilities, religious buildings and gymnasiums). The Company manufactures numerous types of fiber cement products with a variety of patterned profiles and surface finishes for a range of applications, including external siding and soffit lining, internal linings, facades, fencing and floor and tile underlayments. (Source: 20-F)

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