Posted time 16th August 2023 Location KwaZulu Natal Job type Full-time
  • Experience: 5 years plant maintenance supervisory experience
  • Salary: R1.2m negotiable

The Poultry manufacturer is seeking a Plant Engineer to join their poultry Processing Plant located in Hammarsdale, KZN. We are recruiting an Engineer with excellent understanding and experience in refrigeration and Mechanical and/ or Electrical Engineering. The successful incumbent will need to manage with a dedicated focus the day-to-day maintenance operation in responsibility with their teams of foremen and artisans. The role will report to the Manufacturing Executive.

Minimum Requirements

  • A Degree or Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
  • Excellent understanding and experience in refrigeration and electrical engineering.
  • Mechanical experience will be an advantage.
  • 5- 8 years of operations experience of which least 5 years in a supervisory category. GCC factories (advantage). Demonstrated leadership of engineering teams is compulsory.Duties & Responsibilities

    Operational Engineering Management

  • Drive the daily / weekly maintenance planning process for the plant – Prioritizing, scheduling and allocation of tasks to different discipline of the engineering department, with the assistance of the planner.
  • Drive and delivery the agreed strategy to reduce plant down time and improve efficiencies of machines and lines.
  • Responsible for health and safety with regards to all equipment and plant to ensure a safe environment to operate and work on for all staff.
  • Maintain the integrity of the engineering team and carry out corrective action if and when required
  • Ensure that the required focus is given to all audit requirements and findings.
  • Management of the day to day activities and out puts of each discipline of the engineering department.
  • Maintain discipline and standards in area of responsibilityMaintenance:
  • Drive sustainable maintenance practices throughout the plant.
  • Manage maintenance team and ensure that planned maintenance programmes are implemented to enable optimal asset utilisation.
  • Ensure that maintenance practices and procurement processes are aligned to business standards.
  • Management of all planned maintenance, preventative schedules, work requests and break downs, with support from planner and Maintenance Foreman.
  • Ensure that all are working according to safety regulations and the enforcement of food safety requirements.
  • Be available on call out and work on weekends or when necessary to insure optimal performance of team and effective maintenance of equipment.
  • Ensure that the Planner develops a work schedule for all activities to be performed
  • Organises meetings with engineering staff and prepares inspection reports
  • Performs work inspections and checks for completeness of tasks
  • Determines material, equipment, and supplies to be used Plan and manage weekend maintenance tasks and projects against budget.
  • Co-ordinates daily activities of engineering personnel
  • Ensures the neatness of the buildings and premises
  • Coordinates and manage, inspects, repairs and maintains to all plant and equipment and grounds.
  • Plan and manage leave roster of engineering staff Act as Engineering manager when he is not available and carry the GMR 2.1 responsibility.Repairs and Renovations
  • Coordinates renovations of existing facilities and the construction of new facilities Coordinates and inspects major contract work on the electrical, refrigeration, mechanical and plumbing, and other related systems
  • Ensures that the building has adequate heating, lighting, and ventilation and that it is properly cleaned, maintained and in good working condition

Provide Leadership

  • Leads a team of artisans towards meeting the plant engineering strategy and targets – through regular communication and utilisation of full organisational talent management tool set.
  • Deliver on agreed succession plans and development the generation of leaders and specialists, overseeing engineering development programmes and on the job training.
  • Manage to employee relations and team climate to ensure optimal turnover and retention levels are maintained. Drives Employment Equity within the plant engineering team to ensure that diversity is achieved at all levels and that statutory targets and requirements are met.
  • Champions training and development the team utilising available training opportunities, apprenticeships and on the job training.
  • Contribute to the development of new training solutions in collaboration with regional training specialists.
  • Conduct regular performance appraisals with subordinates and ensure that the process is cascaded throughout the engineering team.
  • Develops and manage high performance multi-disciplinary teams in order to solve problems within engineering proactively.
  • Conducts daily operational meetings and ensure that records area kept and shared across the team and that action plans agreed to within team meetings are delivered upon.
  • Maintain the integrity of the engineering team and carry out corrective action if and when required
  • Management of the artisan and labour force with regards to HR and IR issues, Train and mentor his team to improve performance and reduce down time,Management of Safety Health Environment and Quality (SHEQ)
  • Guides the engineering team to ensure that all legislative standards are achieved and timeous action is taken where required to ensure that there are no areas of noncompliance.
  • Follows up on requirements for compliance ensuring that it is continuously maintained and adhered to
  • Measure and manage sustainability practices within area of responsibility
  • Suggest amendments to policies and practices within the operational area of responsibility with the processing engineering manager to ensure that these are kept up to date and aligned with company objectives and standards.
  • Ensure that documentation required within the Total Quality Management system, is maintained and applied consistently throughout the area of responsibility and any policy and procedure training required highlighted in the training needs analysis and action appropriately.Safety and Security
  • Ensures engineering staff follow safety rules and regulations as per the organization’s safety plan Ensure that security access points to the premises and BMS system are in good working condition.
  • Reporting theft and dangers on the premises.
  • Ensures safety equipment is in good working order e.g. fire extinguishers.

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