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Supervisor, Field Maintenance

Job ID 694103920 Date posted 08/09/2020
Location : Babbitt, MN
JobCode : 3164
Position Type : Salary

Description :



AREA:                        MINE MAINTENANCE - BULLGANG

Northshore Mining Company, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc, is a taconite mining and processing facility located in Northern Minnesota.  The mining facility is located in Babbitt, MN, and the processing plant is located in Silver Bay, MN, on the Northshore of Lake Superior.

We have an immediate opening for a Field Maintenance Supervisor.  This position is located at our mine site in Babbitt, MN.  Travel to the Silver Bay site, other Cleveland-Cliffs mine sites and other associated business travel may be required.


The primary responsibility of this position will be to direct and monitor the maintenance programs associated with the production shovel and drill fleet; and direct the pit dewatering and lubrication requirements.  This will include direct supervision and leadership of the shovel and drill maintenance work force toward the implementation and compliance to predictive, planned, and/or break in work schedules.


General responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Create and promote a positive working atmosphere in order to safely and efficiently execute the goals of the field maintenance plan.
  • Be a champion of safety – through safety interactions, safety meetings and by example.
  • Conduct weekly safety and information meetings within area.
  • Coach, direct and develop the work of the Field Maintenance Technicians to meet and exceed safety and productivity expectations.
  • Produce, maintain and publish daily and weekly schedules as required to maintain the mine production targets utilizing computer software programs.
  • Providing input on technical solutions for maintenance tasks associated with the shovel and drill fleet.
  • Manage training needs and promotions for department personnel.
  • Participate in weekly planning meetings.
  • Verify parts, tools and equipment availability to ensure efficient work execution.
  • Ensure work order discipline is adhered to and work completion documentation is kept.
  • Oversee contractors involved in maintenance activities and projects.
  • Communicate to all crew members’ their job assignments, timing expectations, and associated tasks.
  • Participate in, support, and lead business improvement efforts.
  • Manage weekly personnel schedule and yearly vacation schedule to ensure proper staffing levels for required activities.


Requirements include:

  • Bachelor or Vocational degree in related field or at least 5 years related work experience is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in mining or heavy industry, with preference given to those with both operations and maintenance experience.
  • Previous successful leadership experience is required.  Must provide examples of how past leadership experiences have improved operations.
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Must be a champion of safe production methods & ideals.  Promotes continuous improvement.  Must understand and be able to communicate and implement safety, mine and MSHA rules, environmental policies and procedures and operate in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Must possess leadership skills necessary to direct the flow to multiple departments to keep business running efficiently and effectively.  Must be able to deal with conflict effectively and develop good relationships, trust and respect with other employees.
  • People Skills – must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and delegate.  Must be willing to promote Northshore team concepts and enforce company policies fairly and consistently.  Must be skilled in team solving techniques.
  • Computer Skills – must have strong computer skills and proficient in Microsoft Office software.
  • Must have working knowledge of computer maintenance management systems (Ellipse).
  • Strong understanding of predictive and reliability centered maintenance.
  • Organizational Skills – must have the ability to plan and coordinate multiple work tasks with a variety of employees, departments and outside contractors.  Must be able to set goals and develop strategies and schedules to accomplish goals.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be able to interact and communicate with all levels of the organization.  Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.  Must be willing to challenge the status quo, identify and pursue new ideas and opportunities to improve production, safety, add value, and/or solve problems.
  • Decision Making Skills – must be able to think logically using factual data and structure ideas to influence others.  Must make sound, timely decisions under conditions of uncertainty and risk.  Must be able to multi-task and work well under stressful conditions.
  • Must be able to facilitate the development of employees by providing constructive feedback and continuous coaching.
  • Must be capable of working effectively and safely using a participative management style in a team environment.

Please note that all applicants must meet the physical requirements of the position by the close of the posting period. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota.

By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency.

Ready to seek your newest professional adventure? Explore our range of opportunities and join us at Cliffs.

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Employment Opportunities

Cleveland-Cliffs offers opportunities for high-performing individuals in a myriad of technical and professional disciplines. Whether in the field or office, Cliffs fosters an environment that empowers our employees to achieve their highest potential. Regardless of the location, employees will be presented with a challenging and rewarding environment. A competitive compensation package, opportunities for advancement and work-life balance all lead to a positive, passionate career at Cleveland-Cliffs.

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