Messer North America, Inc.

  • Fleet Operations Manager

    Job Location US-NJ-Stewartsville
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Fleet Operations Manager

    We are a technology and applications leader with the industry knowledge and applications expertise to meet customer needs across industrial, food, medical, chemical and electronics industries. We offer over 120 years of proven experience in the safe and reliable production and delivery of industrial, medical and specialty gases. We’re the talented people you know and trust, now with a new name.


    Formed in 2019 after our business was acquired from Linde AG by Messer Group and CVC Capital Partners, we draw on a rich heritage of industrial gases expertise to meet customer needs. We know the industries we serve inside and out – and we know our customers depend on us for more than just safe and reliable supply.


    Today our deep understanding of industry trends and customer requirements allows us to collaborate intensely with customers to identify and develop long-term solutions that deliver competitive advantage. Our in-depth knowledge of customers’ manufacturing processes enables turn-key engineering with minimal plant downtime, and our technology development capabilities are unrivaled.


    Purpose of the Position:

    • Lead our Trailer and Engineering Program Strategy
    • Manage on budget/on time/on spec for all tralier related assets across the organization
    • Driving standardization and continuous improvement in people/processes/and equipment
    • Manage all functions of maintenance, refurbishments, engineering, procurement and analysis for the North American trailer fleet


    • Develop and lead our 10-year new and rehab trailer replacement strategy
    • Lead our engineering specification reviews to develop and sustain our distribution equipment standards across our organization
    • Establish quality plans and accountability for trailers
    • Prepare business case justification for bulk trailer growth, replacement & refurbishment, tube trailer retests and upgrades (e.g. ABS, disk brakes ergonomic improvements, safety and efficiency upgrades etc.)
    • Budget/Manage capital expenditures for our bulk and cylinder trailers
    • Publish trailer maintenance bulletins
    • Develop enterprise wide Trailer Preventative Maintenance (PM) standards & plans with special emphasis on increased reliability & total cost of ownership (TOC) reduction
    • Manage trailer and trailer component warranty programs
    • Organize spec review for trailers
    • Disposal of trailers efficiently
    • Purchase/Resale/Scrap tube trailers, bulk tankers, chassis and pallet trailers
    • Manage third party maintenance vendors (i.e. review all invoices > $5k and any odd trending)
    • Complete Modification of Change process for trailers
    • Design/Manage build of pallet trailers
    • Manage tube trailer retests
    • Investigate trailer accidents as required
    • Approve all North American trailer related fleet invoices within delegation of authority
    • Lead continuous design improvement focus groups for trailers
    • Subject Matter Expert/POC for maintenance questions/issues from field locations
    • Participate in the preparation of training material for location management, drivers & mechanics on new trailer designs and upgrades
    • Strategic use of spare trailers to reduce rentals & leases in North America
    • Participate as an active member of the Region Americas team, providing innovation, best practice, and working collaboratively to support world class achievement across the Region.


    Required Skills:

    • Budget management and development experience
    • Education and Training skills to ensure current policies and procedures are followed
    • Presentation skills to "sell" groups on new and innovative processes or technology to take safety and performance to the next level
    • Time management skills to be able to manage multiple projects for multiple departments
    • Strong collaborative, team building, and change management capabilities


    Required Education:

    • Bachelor degree or 10+ years industry experience required

    Other Qualifications:

    • Knowledge and experience of specifying/maintenance/repair of trailers & equipment
    • Industrial gas transport equipment specifying/maintenance/repair experience
    • Experience with DOT licensing and permits including those specific to industrial gas transportation
    • Experience with EPA and OSHA regulations pertaining to shop and transport equipment/cryogenic tanker repairs/maintenance/operation
    • Continuous Process Improvement (Lean, Six Sigma) experience
    • Intimate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Power Point
    • Knowledge of SAP
    • Superior organizational skills
    • Ability to travel 75% during the first year and 50-75% travel in future years.

    Join us and you will be part of a company that values and supports your career. We offer competitive pay and benefits, with set schedules, steady work and opportunities for ongoing training and career progression.


    Together we value innovation, efficiency and flexibility. Putting safety first, working with integrity and respect, we encourage everyone to find solutions for success. That means for our customers and for our colleagues. This makes us a great place to build a career where your skills are valued and developed.


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    Messer North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Company provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran or disabled status or any legally recognized status entitled to protection under applicable federal, state, or local laws.


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