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Senior Manager, Business Unit Reliability

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Location: Golden Valley, MN, United States
Business Unit: Liberty Packaging
Remote Type: No Remote

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The Senior Manager, Business Unit Reliability plays a critical role in the development of One Packaging reliability function across the business unit. This leader makes an impact on the business through the development of multi-year asset reliability strategies, oversight / management of business unit assets, creation and implementation of maintenance and reliability best practices and tools, asset data collection and maintenance, capital project management related to reliability, and ownership of the reliability workstream for acquisition integration.


This full-time position is hybrid and reports directly to the Director, Packaging Operations and is located in Liberty Packaging's manufacturing facility in Golden Valley, Minnesota.


  • Develop and execute a comprehensive business unit 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year asset reliability strategy, aligning it with the company's overall reliability objectives. Define key performance indicators (KPIs) and goals to measure and improve asset performance.
  • Oversee the management of all business unit assets, ensuring their reliability, availability, and expected performance. Develop and maintain an asset reliability plan, including maintenance strategies and equipment life cycle management.
  • In partnership with General Managers, Vice President - Operations, Engineering leadership, and facility Maintenance teams, develops and implements best practices for maintenance and reliability, including preventive and predictive maintenance programs. Continuously evaluate maintenance processes and strategies to maximize equipment uptime and minimize operational disruptions.
  • Leverage data and aligned approach to conduct and catalogue asset risk assessments to identify potential reliability issues and develop mitigation plans to minimize disruptions to operations. Establish contingency plans for critical assets.
  • Collaborate with operations, engineering, and other departments to establish consistent predictive maintenance tools, gather data, and leverage insights to monitor equipment health, diagnose issues, and establish scheduled reliability plans and optimize asset performance. Create and present reliability performance reports to senior management, highlighting key metrics, trends, and improvement opportunities. Maintain accurate records of asset maintenance and reliability activities.
  • Build and lead a high-performing business unit reliability operating model; guide, coach, and mentor across the network to drive continuous improvement in asset reliability and maintenance practices.
  • Lead and oversee capital projects related to asset reliability and performance improvement within the division, from conceptualization through to execution. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify strategic capital investment opportunities that enhance asset reliability and efficiency. Develop detailed project plans, including scope, budgets, timelines, and resource requirements, ensuring alignment with the division's reliability and operational objectives.
  • Serve on the Packaging Acquisition Team; lead the reliability acquisition integration workstream through the evaluation and integration of reliability practices, assets, and systems. Conduct thorough assessments of the reliability standards, equipment, and maintenance practices of acquisition target(s), and identify gaps and opportunities for alignment. Collaborate to ensure implementation of aligned reliability processes, procedures, and standards. Monitor and report on the progress of reliability integration activities, resolving any reliability-related issues that may arise during the transition.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as Engineering, Reliability, or a related discipline.
  • 7+ years’ people leadership experience.
  • 5+ years’ leadership experience in the fields of reliability, maintenance, and asset management.
  • 5+ years’ experience in reliability engineering, including best practices, predictive and preventive maintenance strategies, root cause analysis, and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA).
  • 5+ years’ experience leading capital projects related to reliability improvements.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing comprehensive reliability strategies and programs that have resulted in improved asset reliability, reduced downtime, and enhanced overall operational performance.
  • Proficiency in data analytics and reliability software tools for condition monitoring, asset health assessments, and predictive maintenance.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, with the ability to identify and mitigate risks to asset reliability.
  • Excellent computer skills required, including Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%


  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Reliability, or related discipline.
  • Certification in reliability engineering, such as Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE).
  • Previous experience in an ISO 9001-2015, AIB cGMP, or SQF organization.
  • Previous experience in corrugated or paper manufacturing.
  • Lean and / or Continuous Improvement certifications.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regular sitting, standing, and walking throughout the day to accomplish tasks.
  • Manual and finger dexterity used regularly with some repetitive finger motions.
  • Ability to work in front of a computer screen for long periods of time.
  • Specific vision abilities include close and distance vision; able to identify colors, small letters, and numbers; hand/eye coordination, depth perception and able to adjust focus.
  • Hearing and speaking.
  • Other conditions may include frequent reaching, stretching, pushing, pulling, pinching, grasping, and gripping.

about our company:

Comprised of multiple companies with headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota, Liberty Diversified International (LDI) is a privately held company employing more than 1,900 individuals across our manufacturing facilities, production facilities and core business operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, California, and Mexico. With deep roots in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, we operate in the core markets of paper, packaging, workplace products, corrugated plastics and building products.

Since 1918, our values – Caring, Innovation, Trust, and Excellence – have guided our day-to-day activities. We believe that when our employees are aligned with these values, we create superior solutions and services for our customers. The LDI family of companies includes Liberty Packaging, Liberty Paper, Liberty Plastics (Custom Solutions and Quarrix Building Products) and Safco.



Liberty Diversified International is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.