Responsible for all manufacturing and operational activities in the plant. This includes resource scheduling and optimisation to supply product safely, on time at the contracted quality standard.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Responsible for all daily activities and operations in the respective plant.
  • In conjunction with the production planning section, prepare and manage production schedules. This includes all resources, material, components, facilities, labour, and equipment.
  • Manage, monitor, and report production against the Master Production Schedule and participate in risk mitigating actions. The Plant Manager must raise early warning of any risk related to delivery deadlines.
  • Set and manage the operational overheads and labour budget / forecast.
  • Control and monitor direct cost of manufacturing.
  • Provide inputs and motivations to the CAPEX budget.
  • Communicate, monitor, and ensure compliance to all relevant legislation and SHEQ systems, standards & procedures.
  • Recommend, motivate, and manage process and equipment changes via the official modification process and Engineering Change Proposal. Co-ordinate the plant modification initiatives.
  • Resolve plant down-time through risk evaluation and task prioritization with the engineering section.
  • Accountable for HR related problems, which cannot be resolved at supervisor level.
  • Ensure that performance contracting is maintained as per HR procedures and deadlines.
  • Maintain discipline and comply with company policies, practices and procedures.
  • Support company vision and value system and ensure calibration throughout the team.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Sc. Degree/BTech qualification in Chemical Engineering or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the Production/Manufacturing environment of which 2 years should have been in leading a team at Middle Management level.
  • Completed the product relevant Explosives Management Modules (Explosives Management Certificate presented by UNISA).
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities, good judgement and a decision maker.
  • Ability to communicate and operate at a Senior Level.
  • High level of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Must be prepared to work irregular hours.
  • Computer literacy, with good spreadsheet, Power Point presentation and ERP system knowledge.
  • Good interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Analytical thinker with good reasoning and problem-solving skills on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Planning and prioritization of multiple tasks, organisational and administrative skills.
  • Proficient computer skills –MS Office, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, MS Project.
  • Self-starter with the ability to operate with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work precisely and methodically with minimum supervision.
  • Driven, confident, self-motivated and results orientated.

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