Schwan's Company Ammonia Systems PSM Manager in Salina, Kansas


At Schwan’s Company, we are driven to bring our customers delicious foods and reliable services. That's how we grew from a "one-man-and-a-truck" delivery business in rural Minnesota to a multibillion-dollar private company with thousands of team members nationwide. Our commitment to delicious foods shows in all we do, from careful ingredient selection and quality food making to delivering a great experience wherever you shop and eat.

The foods we make reach customers in many ways. We deliver directly to our customer's homes through our popular food-delivery business, offer well-known retail brands such as Red Baron®, Freschetta®, and Tony's® pizzas, Pagoda® snacks and appetizers, and Mrs. Smith's® and Edwards® desserts, and bring innovative food solutions to our customers in the food-service industry. To learn more, visit us at

The PSM Manager is a corporate role, overseeing all the manufacturing locations that use ammonia refrigeration. The PSM ammonia expert is accountable for regional team performance including both technical and behavioral competencies. Schwan’s has some of the largest ammonia systems in the US, so this is a great opportunity to play an integral role in both the daily production performance, as well as strategic growth of the organization.

This position is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing/day-to-day support of Schwan’s Process Safety Standards, Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Plan (RMP). The PSM Manager must assure compliance with Schwan’s requirements, OSHA, EPA and local process safety requirements regulations (as required).

  • Lead Process Safety Management (PSM) program implementation improvements through sharing and facilitating best practices among different plants and by creating the best means and/or channels for communications to serve this purpose.

  • Lead/Support/Develop business specific standards/best practices and efforts as directed by Business and Corporate EHS.

  • Train and strengthen PSM coordinators, employees, and contractors in their PSM related duties/responsibilities.

  • Assist plants in leading Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) for major risk projects by providing expert support in PHA methodologies.

  • Develop a PSM self-assessment program.

  • Track and report to management all PSM initiatives.

  • Assist the plants in development of required PSM/RMP programs.

  • Support EHS through the review and assessment of capital projects supporting refrigeration systems.

  • Participate in ammonia systems and PSM/RMP required investigations/root cause analysis. Tracking progress of all corrective actions.

  • Coordinate Safety Alerts and other company wide initiatives for their respective plants.

  • Provide guidance and assist in the implementation of the Emergency Response Plan for the facilities.

  • Support plants when interface is required with local regulatory agencies as it relates to Process Safety Management.

  • Monitor regulatory changes, publicly available information, and significant incidents at other cold storage warehouses or food manufacturing locations for learning and sharing within Schwan’s.

  • Travel up to 60%, to Schwan's Manufacturing locations.


Education: Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering/Safety / Environmental / Safety Science or related area

Years of Experience: Minimum 10 years plant experience with a broad technical understanding of plant operations.


  • Must have PSM experience in an Ammonia Refrigeration Systems.

  • Detailed knowledge of State/Federal EPA and OSHA (PSM, RMP, REGAGEP) compliance requirements, and of regulatory requirements, procedures and legislative processes.

  • Trained PHA Facilitator/Leader. Experience in implementing safety programs in manufacturing and agricultural environments;

  • Ability to facilitate, direct and motivate employees and organize and coordinate various safety training activities;

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Proven ability to lead teams, influence operations, and build consensus opinions.

  • Effective presentation/training/facilitation skills.

  • Trained in incident investigation and Root Cause Analysis techniques.

  • Understands principals of emergency response.

  • Relationship building abilities with the regulatory community is desirable.

  • Good organizational and writing skills necessary to track and document PSM program progress across many plants.

  • Able to travel to other facilities as necessary.

The employing subsidiaries of Schwan’s Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.

Business Unit: Schwan's Shared Services, LLC

Req #: 18001966