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Assistant Mill Grinding Manager


Pahokee, FL, US

Req ID:  25221
Date:  Apr 7, 2021

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding our sugar from farm to table.  We are America’s first and only producer of certified organic sugar, grown and harvested in the United States. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy that powers our sugar operations, which helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.  Florida Crystals also sustainably farms rice, sweet corn and other vegetables in rotation with our sugarcane.  Our rice mill is the only rice mill in Florida. 



As a member of the Osceola Mill Operations Team, the Assistant Mill Grinding Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations, maintenance and performance of cane handling, preparation, and milling equipment.  The Assistant Mill Grinding Manager supports the Mill Grinding Manager in overseeing mill shift supervisors, mill maintenance supervisors and a workforce of 45-50 union hourly employees.  


Daily activities include coordination of grinding operations with harvesting, boiling house, and power plant supervisors. Optimizing milling operations to ensure compliance with established company standards.   Maintaining mill records, logbooks, and technical libraries current.  Supporting the planning of activities and maintenance supervisors.


The Assistant Mill Grinding Manager is also responsible for mill assembly drawings, critical items inventory, verification of mill assembly measurements, planning and follow-up of maintenance activities during the repair season and inspection of mill equipment during the grinding campaign.


The Assistant Mill Grinding Manager is responsible to supervise operations and maintenance personnel as needed during coverage for direct supervisors.



  • The position is an assistant manager directing and coordinating field activities of various supervisors, maintenance mechanics, welders, pipefitters and other maintenance trades to ensure conformance to established methods, policies, and maintenance procedures.
  • Responsible for implementing the day-to-day operations & maintenance of the sugar cane milling tandem.
  • Responsible for the distribution of work schedules, priority lists, and disassembly schedule to front-line supervisors. Actualize maintenance repair schedule bi-weekly (at a minimum) for review by management.
  • Responsible for completion of all mill assembly/setting drawings, shop fabrication drawings, and general reference drawings using AutoCAD software.
  • Responsible for shipping and maintaining tracking documents of large mill equipment.
  • Understanding of mill settings, mill setting calculations, mill maintenance, and assembly/disassembly procedures.
  • Communicate and coordinate daily activities with harvesting.
  • Monitor operations, follow up KPIs and implement corrective actions as needed.
  • Review schedule and support supervision of repairs of all equipment related to cane preparation and milling of cane.
  • Operation and direct supervision of cane milling plant during the grinding campaign.
  • Verification of mill assembly measurements.
  • Inspection of wear on mill equipment during the grinding campaign and during mill repair.
  • Review of mill settings as needed during maintenance outages.
  • Development of Scope of Works for repair projects and communication with outside contractors for execution of field works.
  • Support development of a plan for replacements and rotation of critical milling equipment.
  • Maintain a current inventory of spares equipment on hand in the yard and critical spares list in the warehouse.
  • Coordinates activities by directing work assignments as scheduled, setting priorities, organizing and directing work of mechanical maintenance staff.
  • Provide shift relief for mill shift supervisor as needed for day off or emergency coverage.
  • Maintains records, prepares reports, budgets and composes correspondence relative to work.
  • Requisitions materials, supplies, services, tools, and PPE’s as needed for maintenance department.
  • Inspects mechanical process equipment to determine maintenance needs by visual observation, testing equipment, pre-determined maintenance intervals, and/or other approved measures.
  • Test & troubleshoot mechanical equipment and process to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Develop specifications from general descriptions and/or assemblies for fabrication.
  • Support establishment of schedules and methods for maintenance procedures and repair services; monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established procedures; make recommendations for changes and/or improvements to existing equipment
  • Maintain mechanical bill of materials and technical libraries as required.
  •  Develop standard procedures for operation and maintenance activities as needed
  • Assure maintenance employees are adhering to safety policies and procedures, confined space entry, LOTO, and all other OSHA safety standards.
  • Support tracking of events that compromise safety, efficiency, reliability and availability of preparation, handling and milling equipment.
  • Active participation in the planning and execution of any capital project developed in the preparation, handling and milling areas.


Human resources management, safety and environmental

  • Schedule of mill personnel and supervisors during maintenance and operation activities.
  • Control overtime under budget limitations.
  • Enforce company policies and federal, state and local laws related to safety and the environment.
  • Perform safety and environmental inspections and coaching sessions.
  • Review the results of all the safety and environmental inspections made by supervisors or third parties and budget, schedule and execute corrective action plans as needed.
  • Intervene promptly to solve any dispute or misunderstanding among company employees and/or supervisors.
  • Active participation in accident reports and investigations involving mill personnel.



  • Minimum of 5 years working experience as a supervisor, drafter, assistant mill engineer, or similar position in the cane milling extraction plant.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other technical disciplines from an accredited university.
  • Concentration in Mechanical Engineering highly desirable.



  • Provide shift relief for mill shift supervisor as needed for day off or emergency coverage.
  • Provide backup relief for mill supervisor during vacations, days off, or other emergency coverage.




  • Effective communication skills both written & verbal, analytical ability, detail orientation, teamwork, technical leadership, and technical understanding
  • Ability to meet deadlines & budgets with excellent planning, organizing and decision-making skills
  • Proficiency with personal computers and application software desirable; specifically MS Office & Project.
  • Experienced with software programs, specific experience with SAP PM is desirable.
  • Experienced with CAD and drafting, specific experience with AutoCAD desirable.
  • Experienced reviewing technical drawings for fabrication of complex parts.
  • Experienced in collecting field data, measurements, and equipment alignments.
  • Excellent planning, organizing and decision-making skills.
  • Strong safety background related to industrial facilities and OSHA General Industry Regulations.
  • Understanding of material handling systems, piping, valves, pressure vessels, pumps, cooling towers, building & grounds, and air compressors beneficial.
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays.
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices & Food Safety.
  • Bilingual - English/Spanish desirable.



  • Osceola Farms Company in Pahokee, Florida.


Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami