Howden Power a division of Howden Africa (Pty) Ltd is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced General Manager to effectively manage and lead the Service Department by securing and executing maintenance contracts and outage work of fans, air heaters and associated equipment to achieve the predetermined annual financial targets and to implement strategies for sustained growth.
Prepare annual departmental budgets, track and authorize expenditure and effect necessary financial controls to ensure that the department meets or exceeds the agreed annual targeted sales, project margin and profitability
Effectively manage and control departmental personnel to achieve the company’s strategic objectives while at the same time ensuring staff are motivated, positive, focused and well informed
Continuously develop strategies for the Service Department to increase its offerings to the boiler industry thereby making out clients more reliant on Howden and thus ensuring sustainable growth within a captive market
Review, compile, approve and authorize tenders and menu pricing levels to achieve agreed project margins thereby ensuring that our dominant position in the market is not compromised through a perception of overcharging
To oversee the execution of site maintenance activities and projects thereby ensuring that they are executed in a profitable and controlled manner so that all elements of the project are completed within the agreed timeframe and within budget
Ensure that all contracts are negotiated and entered into adhere and comply with Howden’s policies and procedures manual in order to ensure authority levels are maintained and minimize contract risk.
Assure long term advanced planning of resources and equipment for the Service Department by ensuring that resources are in place and utilized efficiently in order to align with client long term outage plans.
Manage the integration between Service Department, Spares, Procurement, Quality and suppliers to ensure that components are delivered to agreed programme.
Formulate and agree on KRA’s annually with departmental personnel to ensure target objectives are met and training needs are identified, thereby ensuring continuous development and performance standards are maintained.
Establishing relationship with clients to maintain customer satisfaction and assist in securing new orders / business and targeting new contracts.
Manage and ensure adherence to health and safety standards in compliance with company policy, client’s and legislative requirements in order to provide a safe working environment for all employees.
Experience & Qualifications
National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or BSc Mechanical Engineering.
Business Management Diploma.
MDP or MBA will be beneficial.
10 years general management experience within the power generation industry.
At least 6 years people management experience.
Project management qualification with experience of managing technical projects.
In depth product knowledge of air heaters and fans (at least 5 years).
Experience required in various disciplines (negotiation skills, commercial, financial, procurement & mechanical).
MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Projects.
The advantages of working at Howden : Worldwide business Liaise with our colleagues in 27 countries. We offer global and local opportunities 6000 employees and world leading engineers, who create cutting edge developments You will be a part of over 160 years of innovation and development that continues today with our digital solutions.
At Howden we have a strong corporate identity and purpose You will be a member of our team, shaping the future of the world and tackling some of the most pressing issues facing the planet.
Our products and organisation are Revolving Around You Our culture promotes individual development to enhance our most important asset our people.