Reliability / Maintenance Planner

Posted Date:  Nov 20, 2023
Requisition Number:  120570

Job Location: Hershey, PA    




The Hershey Company West Hershey plant is a Union plant producing products such as White & Dark Paste, Kisses, Nuggets, Milk Bars, Almond Bars, Rolo, Syrup & Cookies and Crème in a high-speed complex environment.


The Reliability Planner is responsible for the effective planning, coordinating, and scheduling of maintenance work, by ensuring work-plans include the necessary detail, labor allocation, parts, and equipment availability, to ensure the most efficient execution of work. This position will collaborate with the Reliability Lead to establish new and improve existing routine preventive and predictive maintenance activities, as well as manage spare part inventory levels for plant assets.


The Reliability Planner will also evaluate and assess equipment reliability data, to identify and implement plan improvements. This position will work closely as a member of the assigned Business Unit to coordinate and prioritize short and long-term maintenance plans. Finally, this position may periodically function in a supervisory role.





  • Initiate, review and manage work orders (SAP). Analyze work requirements and determine materials, equipment and labor required to complete the work effectively and efficiently. Ensure that all planned maintenance work is ready to be performed with no delays, including labor requirements and all parts and specialty tools are kitted and available as needed.
  • Participate in the daily Business Unit meeting to align planned maintenance tasks with production and equipment availability, while coordinating and prioritizing changes. Participate in weekly maintenance planning reviews, being prepared to support labor requests, including weekend plans. 
  • Collaborate with Reliability Lead to manage and prioritize work order backlog. Assign resources to planned jobs, based on allocation, to create the maintenance schedule. Maintain posted schedules in designated locations.


Preventative/Predictive Maintenance Plans:

  • Ensure all preventive/predictive maintenance activities are accurate and scheduled at their predetermined frequencies to optimize reliability and manage costs.
  • Ensure PM/PdM documentation and required parts/materials are specified, written, procured, and initiated for all plant assets to ensure asset reliability.
  • Ensure that the predictive data returned to the Plant for analysis is reviewed for issues needing further attention and that work requests are written accordingly. 


Asset Management:

  • Manage all facility assets, existing or new, to ensure accuracy of asset documentation in SAP. Establish routine maintenance activities required to maintain the asset.


 Reliability Optimization:

  • Review and analyze performance metrics and process data to support improvement to maintenance management systems. 


 Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:


  • Must possess or have the aptitude and ability to quickly develop an in-depth working knowledge of applicable Hershey processes, SAP, workflows, and procedures.
  • Solid PC skills, including MS Office tools
  • Ability to read schematics, drawings and technical manuals and understand complex equipment functionality.
  • Must be a self-starter, detail oriented, highly motivated, and organized with the ability to prioritize and follow through.
  • Must be able to work in a proactive work environment, be an effective motivator, communicator, delegator, and be able to effectively achieve results through others.
  • Sound understanding of Planning and Scheduling principles.
  • Show willingness to tackle new tasks and grow professionally as experience grows.
  • Experience with failure analysis and reliability methodologies and tools.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: 


  • Associate’s degree preferred, or equivalent technical training and experience in troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of electrical, mechanical and facilities systems and equipment.
  • Minimum of 3 years maintenance experience, preferably manufacturing, with a strong focus on mechanical and electrical maintenance planning.



Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg