Job Description : Our client, a leading manufacturing concern seeks a Production Manager to join their team, based in Durban.
Reporting to the Operations Executive, the successful incumbent will have to be the ultimate presence on the factory floor, having an active interest and desire to implement and drive the operational strategy as agreed with the Operations Manager.
Their undertaking is to achieve production and volume targets that fulfil the customer and commercial team’s requirements within the required specifications.
They should ensure that the plant is running smoothly, swiftly, efficiently and safely drive the plant’s long-term success by creating and implementing plans that align with the corporate strategy.
They uphold the operating standards in the plant to achieve manufacturing excellence objectives while ensuring zero injury or harm to employees and the environment.
They motivate the workforce through visibility and direct contact to ensure maximum safety and productivity while fostering an environment that develops, trains and coaches production personnel for future needs within the organisation.
Duties : Direct and oversee the Production Supervisor’s activities on all shifts and ensure overall performance objectives are achieved.
Enforces strict discipline necessary to ensure that daily operational activities are conducted effectively, and day-to-day problems are solved and contained by taking a strong lead during the daily planning meetings.
Plans, coordinates and controls production related activities on site to meet objectives and budgets with regard to HSE, quality, service and cost.
Contributes to successful product and volume reallocations. Maintains a safe, clean, and orderly work environment that makes it easier to identify system bottlenecks and constraints which is managed through a key understanding and appreciation of Lean Six Sigma operating principles aided by the implementation of a comprehensive housekeeping plan.
Manages the movement and accuracy of all materials; from the receipt of raw materials to the shipping of finished products taking full ownership of stock counts, rejects, yields and losses attributed to the material handling process.
Co-develops and executes plans related to improving HSE, quality, service and costs in conjunction with multidisciplinary management peers including : engineering, maintenance, technical, HSE and quality departments.
Participates in the definition & execution (where relevant) of capital investments for production related activities and equipment.
Works with the technical R&D team to enable new product initiatives and the optimisation of existing products to reduce wasteful operational delays.
Enables and contributes to the implementation of continuous improvement activities & programs for HSE, quality, or other as may be assigned from time-to-time by senior management.
Is familiar and complies with all the applicable corporate as well as site and laboratory policies / procedures with regard to personal conduct, MHI regulations, process safety management, HSE, ISO, OHS Act and other applicable regulatory standards.
Knowledge / Skills / Experience : BSc / BTech / NDip Chemical or Industrial Engineering from a recognized tertiary institution.
Must have proven ability to lead and drive change through continuous improvement projects reinforced by a minimum of 10+ years’ work experience in a similar production managerial role.
Ability to identify, scope, define and implement significant continuous improvement projects to dramatically improve the performance of a complex batching environment supported with the daily, weekly & monthly implementation of KPI metrics.
Prior experience overseeing a heavy industrial facility or similar chemical processing plant will be an advantage. Prior experience of modernising an old plant to incorporate the latest automation technologies including PLC, SCADA, data analysis, report writing and digital performance dashboard implementation.
Ability to manage complex reaction processes with stringent process parameters and a narrow QC specification band with limited resource availability.
Interested candidates can send their CV