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  • Posted: Nov 16, 2020
    Deadline: Nov 30, 2020
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    RCL FOODS is a leading African food producer in South Africa with a market capitalisation of R13 billion and employing more than 20 000 people in operations across South and Southern Africa. We manufacture a wide range of branded and private label food products which we distribute through our own route-to-market supply chain specialist, Vector Logistics. ...
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    Engineering Manager

    Job Description    

    • At the core of RCL FOODS is authentic leadership which is about seeing and doing things differently and displaying judgement, drive and influence. We are currently seeking an Engineering Manager to join our Milling Business Unit. The role is based in Pretoria West. The Engineering Manager is responsible to manage with a dedicated focus the day to day maintenance operation in area of responsibility with his teams of managers and artisans. The role also includes Project planning- Prioritizing, scheduling and allocation of tasks to different discipline of the engineering department, with the assistance of the Planner, Projects Engineer.

    Minimum Requirements    

    • Completed Degree or Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
    • GCC factories a prerequisite
    • 8 years trade experience of which 5 years in a technical management capacity.
    • Demonstrated experience in the Milling or related industry will be advantageous

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Project Planning:

    • Strategize capex focus to reduce plant down time and improve efficiencies of machines and lines.
    • Insure that health and safety requirements as per the RCL FOODS standard are adhere to with regards to specifying new equipment. Process change control documentation with regards to all equipment and plant changes with proven records for audit purposes.
    • Manage and control the fixed asset register and insure that it is updated as per policy and depreciation is in line with group standards.
    • Ensure that all project work in the plant is carried out and completed to the highest level of trade-man ship quality and to food safety requirements.
    • Manage outside contractors to ensure the integrity of the engineering team and carry out corrective action if or when required
    • Department Management – Loss control, asset management, spares utilization and stock holding, all administrative duties,
    • Conduct weekly project meetings to insure all disciplines are aligned and that capex targets dates met in view of the year planner.
    • Preparation of all capitalized major maintenance and capital request motivations and supporting documentation.


    • Improve and maintain an effective planned preventative maintenance system and oversee major repairs of breakdowns thus minimising R&M costs.
    • Ensure all buildings and accessories are utilised into risk , security, safety, health, HACCP AND FSSC22000, ISO14000, ISO18000
    • Ensure all electrical equipment and installations are maintained or installed in accordance with statutory requirements and business needs
    • Oversee repairs and maintenance on all utilities
    • Optimise efficiencies and utilisation of assets in the region with the objective of minimising the costs per unit
    • Continuously drive improved OEE and all asset utilization, jointly with production.

    Management of Safety Health Environment and Quality (SHEQ) and Food Safety

    • 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.
    • In terms of design, use and maintenance, ensure all facilities comply with health, safety, security and other legal requirements
    • 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 operational area of responsibility with the processing engineering manager to ensure that these are kept up to date and are aligned with company objectives and standards.
    • Ensure that and 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.

    Financial Management

    • Manage costs to ensure lowest cost production and the optimal utilisation of assets.

    Operational Engineering Management:

    • Drive the daily / weekly maintenance planning process for the plant – prioritising, 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 responsibility

    Team Leadership:

    • Leads a team of managers and 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 employee relations and team climate to ensure optimal turnover and retention levels are maintained
    • Drive Employment Equity within the plant engineering team to ensure that diversity is achieved at all levels.
    • Champions training and development of the team utilising available training opportunities, apprenticeships and on the job training
    • Conduct daily operational meetings and ensure that records are kept and shared across the team and that action plans agreed to within team meetings are delivered upon

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to RCL FOODS on to apply

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