Maintenance Manager

Our Client, Phoenix Services, is active in the heavy manufacturing industry, such as oil & gas and metal production. Phoenix Services carries out subcontracted operations on all sites of ArcelorMittal in Belgium and France. Phoenix takes care of among other things all movement and treatment of scrap metal waste that is a by-product of the production process. This involves driving very large and specifically designed vehicles for such transportation, providing the drivers, the maintenance of the equipment, operators for certain handling machines and welding. 

For their sites in Fos-sur-Mer (FR) and Bayonne (FR), the Client is looking to strengthen their team with a OPERATIONAL MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

Function description

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for the following departments :

  • fleet (Caterpillar - Volvo – Liebherr trucks) at Phoenix own garage facility
  • welding
  • electro-mechanical Installations (screening machines - mobile installations for waste recuperation and treatment including conveyor belts, electrical motors, gripper arms)

The position is also in charge of:

  • The organizational development of the team: defining the team structure and members, their schedules, assignments and work allocation. In total the maintenance team consists of 15 people, spread over the 2 sites (Fos-sur-Mer and Bayonne)
  • Establishing in accordance with the Group’s intentions and according to the needs of the department: operational reporting via a dashboard ; KPI’s: achieving and executing them ;
  • Initiating, following up and optimizing stock management.
  • Ensuring availability of the various vehicles, machines and installations by setting up an adequate follow-up and preventive maintenance schedule;
  • Conducting cost studies and adjust work schedules in order to contain and/or minimize costs
  • Increasing the availability of the vehicle fleet through improved performance and efficiency of the workshop; integration of the maintenance of fixed installations in the planning; follow-up of maintenance and maintenance schedules
  • The overall aim is to set up a workable system of preventive maintenance and follow-up of maintenance activities that leads to higher efficiency and availability that has a structural positive impact on the bottom line of the sites’ activities.

Job requirements
  • Be familiar with a (heavy) industrial environment
  • Open to take on the challenge to move the maintenance organization from a traditional heavy industry approach to the a up-to-date modern (high tech) maintenance one.
  • You are an all-round senior and seasoned maintenance manager, affinity with automation is a big plus.
  • Ability to manage from a distance, as there are 2 sites involved which are 600 km apart. You will be based in Fos-sur-Mer which is the major site, and you will be travelling to the Bayonne site in principle twice a month for a period of 2-3 days each.
  • Have experience in carrying out audits in the context of the ISO and maintenance schedules
  • Sound knowledge of Excel (macros), PowerPoint/Microsoft Power BI, knowledge of E-maint is a plus.
  • Fluency in French & Dutch and good professional working knowledge of English (as the company is part of a US group and hence the language of the management), Spanish is a plus.

A permanent role on a French employment contract with the following conditions:

  • A 35 hour work week, which means a total of 32 days of holidays
  • Gross annual salary of 63,600€ or 5,300€/month (should represent around 3,600€ net)
  • After the first year, a bonus of between 10 and 18% of the gross annual salary
  • Free meals via the company restaurant
  • Car (type Citroën C3)
  • Hospitalization insurance

A job in which you can really make a substantial contribution to the overall performance of the company, lifting their maintenance standards to the best in class.

You are part of the operational management team, reporting directly to the site director.

A multi-site challenge which requires planned travel for short periods of time

A challenging professional environment within a large multinational group, combined with an exceptionally nice setting in the south of France, with a good life/work balance

Organizational and departmental definition

You are part of the operational management team, reporting directly to the Site Director.


Patrick Michielsen Partner