Anthony Kettle
Feb 22, 2021
CATO-RIDGE, South Africa
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RE:  AKAD0222-1

Engineering company seeks an Operations Manager with extensive production/plant management experience in a large manufacturing plant and who have worked at companies like AMSA or Macsteel, Safal Steel, or similar (steel processing plant, coil, sheeting, etc). You will be responsible and accountable for the effective and strategic leadership of the production, maintenance and engineering teams with an emphasis on managing and directing the activities in order to achieve optimum quality, on time / in full delivery and on-cost target as guided by the operational budget.  Furthermore, to define and implement strategies to ensure optimum Health, Safety, Environmental matters and efficiencies of operations and processes within the plant.


Qualifications required:

Mechanical, Industrial, Metallurgical or Chemical Engineering BSc or BEng Degree.

Government Certificate of Competency – Factories (Department of Employment and Labour, South Africa)

Management Qualifications and professional registrations


Experience required:

Minimum of 10 years in a similar heavy steel manufacturing environment.

Minimum of 3 years Management experience in the heavy steel manufacturing environment.


Key responsibilities:


Production, Maintenance and Engineering Operations

Define a cost-effective Maintenance, Production and Lean Manufacturing Strategy for the Plant as a whole with emphasis on Continuous Improvement and Root Cause Analysis.

Ensure compliance to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and continually drive OHSE improvements as required by the act.

Executing the production plan through understanding of sales forecast and plant performance and ensure availability of all resources to meet the local and export demand.

To ensure proper methods are used during production processes to control losses in terms of material wastage due to non-prime generated, rework, spillage to control costs and improve yield and through put by driving Operational Excellence i.e.

Right first time

High productivity

High efficiency

High effectiveness

Minimise Waste / Maximise value add


Product Quality

Ensure prime product, first time as per quality standards set down by quality specifications.

Ensure rejected product / non-conformance is rectified as high priority and that customer expectations are managed

Defects are investigated and remedial actions are put in place to prevent re-occurrence

Manage quality product and system improvements


Safety, Health, Environment and Risk

Continuously drive and improve safety, health and environmental behaviour of all employees in line with company strategy and policy.

Lead the continuous improvement of site housekeeping & ensure standards are consistently sustained.

Support the development of a safe working environment for all sub-ordinates.

Oversee the Implementation of a risk register and ensure compliance.


People Management

Create a disciplined work culture which is focused on the sustainability. This will include but not limited to:

Customer driven results.


Defining of common goals and personal accountability.

Talent Identification and succession planning in line with applicable guidelines.

Manpower planning and cost management.

Training of subordinates in line with business needs.

Ensure team compliance with performance management policies, procedures and key performance Indicators.


Budgetary responsibility:

Compiling and adherence to annual operational budget. Closely track and manage overhead recovery with regards to overhead costs and volumes that are in alignment with the company’s strategic plan.


Procurement responsibility:

Ensure accurate forecasting of all required critical equipment and raw material in adhering to the approved operational budget.


Key competencies and skills:

Good communication skills

Excellent planning & organizing skills

Problem solving

Ability to lead & direct a team of managers

Ability to work long hours under pressure

Technical knowledge

Ability to work under stress

Listening skills

High level of emotional intelligence

Physically fit

The ability to manage within a multi unionised environment.


Language requirements:


Zulu would be an advantage


Computer literacy:

MS Office



Personality profile:

Ability to build a high-performance team who can operate efficiently, effectively, productively and cost effectively. Be personally energetic, dynamic, positive, enthusiastic and possess the ability to think laterally and act through reasoned decision making.  Be able to get things done and make things happen to achieve the aims of production and the business. Possess the ability to work productively, efficiently & effectively with initiative and drive under tight timescales and pressure whilst maintaining attention to detail and quality.


Additional/specific work requirements:

May require long hours


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