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  • Posted: Sep 7, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • 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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    Plant Engineer

    Job Description    
    RCL FOODS is seeking a Plant Engineer to join our Consumer Division. The role will be based in Rustenburg and report to the Engineering Manager. RCL FOODS is looking for a dedicated and focused leader to join the team and manage the day to day maintenance of the plant.

    This identified leader will understand the full implications of potential problems and how to minimize their impact. The Plant Engineer must have an excellent understanding of mechanical engineering, and the aptitude to exchange information in a clear and concise manner (both written and verbal) to senior staff and subordinates RCL FOODS entrusts the Plant Engineer to constantly seek ways to improve plant efficiency and effectiveness, conduct regular reviews and monitor progress, and act. This action requires great research and solutions.
    Minimum Requirements    

    • Degree or Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
    • 5 years trade experience
    • Refrigeration technician experience
    • At least 3 years in a supervisory category
    • GCC factories qualification is preferable
    • Thorough understanding of the Labour Relations Act

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    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
    • 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
    • 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


    • 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 Maintenance Planner
    • Ensure that all are working according to safety regulations and ensure the enforcement of food safety requirements
    • Be available on call out and work on weekends or when necessary to ensure optimal performance of team and effective maintenance of equipment
    • Ensure that the Planner develops a work schedule for all activities to be performed
    • Plan and manage weekend maintenance tasks and projects against budget
    • Co-ordinates daily activities of engineering personnel

    Repairs and Renovations:

    • Coordinates renovations of existing facilities and the construction of new facilities
    • Coordinates and inspects major contract work on the 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 organizational talent management tool set
    • Deliver on agreed succession plans and development of 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
    • Maintain the integrity of the engineering team and carry out corrective action 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 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

    Safety and Security:

    • Reporting theft and dangers on the premises
    • Ensures safety equipment is in good working order e.g. fire extinguishers
    • Ensure that security is maintained and escalate any security concerns to the processing engineering and security manager

    Financial Management:

    • Manage costs to ensure lowest cost production and the optimal utilisation of assets
    • Authorizes plant engineering expenses within level of authority and monitor spending activity within teams to ensure compliance to financial and ethical standards
    • Implements and encourages cost cutting initiatives within the team where these do not impact on long term business sustainability
    • Work with the processing Engineering manager to allocating spend to areas of high priority within the plant
    • Provide input into CAPEX documentation considering return on investment, resourcing and sustainability requirements
    • Manage suppliers and contracts in collaboration with the procurement team to ensure agreed service levels are met, escalate areas of concern to the Engineering Manager where necessary
    • Manage contractors in collaboration with Project Engineer on a daily basis through engineering foremen to ensure that correct standards of work are delivered, and agreed delivery timelines maintained

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to RCL FOODS on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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