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  • 05/06/2024

Department Manager, Steel Works Maintenance (Peoria, IL, US)

Department Manager, SW Maintenance – We offer an exceptional bonus structure, competitive pay, and professional development opportunities!
We are a growing steel manufacturer producing billets, rebar, rod, industrial wire, and agricultural fence products, Red Brand, based in Bartonville, Illinois that offers its employees an exceptional bonus structure, flexible hours, and professional development opportunities.
The Company: All products are 100% made in the USA. We are known for providing industry expertise, competitive pricing and responsive customer service. But most of all, our reliable inventory of steel, and strategically located facilities, promise to deliver in the most cost efficient and timely manner.
As part of a global organization, GFG Alliance, Liberty Steel & Wire is committed to the purpose of creating a sustainable future for industry and society. Focusing on change, family, and sustainability, Liberty Steel has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.
We believe in recognizing change is a constant in the world, we are dynamic in that we seek to drive change rather than let it drive us. We pride ourselves on having an open mindset and continually challenging the status quo.
Liberty Steel & Wire is a Veteran Friendly Employer.


Strategic Maintenance Planning: Develop and implement comprehensive maintenance strategies to ensure the reliability, availability, and performance of critical equipment including EAF, LMF, Casting Machine, and Long Products Rolling Mill.
Team Leadership: Lead and mentor a team of maintenance technicians, engineers, and supervisors, fostering a culture of excellence, accountability, and continuous improvement. Provide guidance and support to ensure the team achieves operational targets and adheres to safety protocols.
Equipment Maintenance: Oversee preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance activities for all machinery and systems within the steelmaking and rolling mill processes. Coordinate with production and engineering teams to minimize downtime and optimize equipment performance.
Asset Management: Develop and maintain asset management protocols, including inventory control, spare parts management, and equipment documentation. Implement reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) methodologies to maximize asset lifespan and minimize lifecycle costs.
Safety and Compliance: Ensure compliance with safety regulations, environmental standards, and industry best practices. Promote a culture of safety awareness and proactively identify and mitigate potential hazards or risks within the maintenance operations.
Performance Analysis: Utilize data-driven insights and key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess maintenance effectiveness, identify areas for improvement, and drive operational excellence. Implement continuous improvement initiatives to optimize processes and enhance productivity.
Vendor Management: Collaborate with external vendors, suppliers, and contractors to procure necessary materials, services, and technical support. Evaluate vendor performance and negotiate contracts to ensure cost-effectiveness and quality standards.
Training and Development: Develop training programs and initiatives to enhance the technical skills and knowledge of maintenance personnel. Promote cross-training and skill development to build a versatile and capable workforce.


Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field. Master’s degree preferred, but not required.

7+ years of experience in maintenance management within the steel manufacturing industry, with specific expertise in EAF’s, Ladle Met Furnaces, Casting Machines, and Long Products Rolling Mill operations.
Proven leadership experience, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve operational goals and maintain high safety standards.
In-depth knowledge of maintenance best practices, reliability engineering principles, and asset management techniques.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to interpret technical data and drive data-driven decision-making.
Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams, senior management, and external stakeholders.
Proficiency in relevant software tools and systems for maintenance planning, asset management, and performance analysis.

PAY RANGE: $112,380 – $140,500

The Location: Liberty Steel & Wire is based in Peoria, IL. This is a great place to live because it is affordable with cost of living in Peoria being 2% lower on average than other places in America and the areas have plenty of opportunities to visit wonderful attractions that are fun for the whole family, such as zoos, museums, and nature centers.
Why Should You Apply?

Great benefits, competitive pay, and an exceptional bonus structure!
On-the-job training, continuous professional development, and career paths to include upward movement.
Flexible working hours and generous vacation, sick, and personal time off schedules.
Experienced team willing to support, learn, and grow with you.

Liberty Steel and Wire is an Equal Opportunity Employer.