Maintenance & Engineering Manager

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Oatly is a company built on the idea of change. Our mission is to help people upgrade their everyday lives and the health of the planet by making tasteful oat-based food products accessible to a wider audience in a world-class manner. It's why we come to work every day. And because health and sustainability are so close to our heart, we are more than just another food company – we are a lifestyle company.


Our growth is fast - and accelerating. More and more people choose to switch to a plant-based diet for the sake of their health and the planet. That’s why we are looking for a Maintenance & Engineering Manager.

The mission of the Maintenance & Engineering Manager is to lead and develop the Maintenance & Engineering department within the areas of people, planet, promise and progress. The Maintenance & Engineering Manager drives improvements in all technical areas, securing a higher quality level and an efficient running factory with low environmental impact. This also includes driving continuous improvement structures and Early Equipment Methodology within the site and ensuring strong collaboration with partners, including the Engineering Director and our co-packer AMC.

This role plans and coordinates engineering projects, manages diverse teams from different disciplines and ensures a smooth-running maintenance plan with a focus on zero breakdowns.



Maintenance management

  •  Driving the improvement of availability and reliability of the installation and equipment.
  • Development of maintenance concept and ensure implementation.
  • Development of the maintenance master plan and be responsible for improvements of the plan.
  • Execution preventive and corrective maintenance, including necessary inspections and troubleshooting.
  • Ensure optimal spare part stock to keep high machine availability/reduce costs.
  • Managing relationships with maintenance/technical contractors and service providers.
  • Having close cooperation with utility providers (i.e. AMC).
  • Synchronize and plan for any external parties working with maintenance and/or improvements.

Project portfolio management

  • Setting priorities and planning.
  • Managing resource planning.

Monitor and execute projects

  • Project management.
  • Early Equipment Methodology.
  • Stakeholder management and presenting to the steering group (management team).
  • Integrating with Global PMO, sharing knowledge.


  • Preparing investment proposals and supporting the requestor.
  • CAPEX follow-up in collaboration with Controlling.

Driving continuous improvement on project management, EEM Methodology and environment.

Developing and implement health and safety procedures at the site.

Competence and skill development of Maintenance & Engineering staff. 

Budget responsibility for Maintenance & Engineering department.


We believe strongly in building a culture of individual accountability and ownership and need partners that can embrace that mentality. 

  • HBO lever or higher, technical orientation (High voltage certification is preferable)
  • Proven experience in working with preventive maintenance & engineering, and project management (preferable experience in training of co-workers, with process and food industry)
  • Competence requirements
    • IT competence: MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), SharePoint, ERP
    • Leadership and management skills
    • Social competence and ability to establish sound relationships with others
    • Systematic, analytical, accurate and structured with Oatly values
    • Improvement driven and focused in delivering on goals
    • Agile and adaptable
    • Preferable WCM/production system/ Six sigma, SHE, BRC/HACCP, Environment, Sustainability
  •  Language
    • Dutch, very good level both in verbal and written
    • English, very good level both in verbal and written
    • Swedish and/or Spanish are an advantage


We welcome people from all backgrounds who see sustainability and health as important values. If you have the curiosity, passion and collaborative spirit, work with us and let’s do this together! It will be fun!

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


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Sustainability, health and trust are our core values and the foundation for our existence. These principles align us, but give us enough space to adapt them to our reality. If you plan to join us, our principles will help you get the hang of our culture quicker. We bring them to life by living them every day.


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