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Operations Manager

Job Description


  • Engineering Degree/Diploma (preferably mechanical/electrical)
  • In possession of a GCC (Government certificate of competence)
  • Post graduate business qualification would be advantageous
  • Minimum of 5-10 years management experience in a manufacturing environment where WCM and ISO practises are well entrenched;
  • Extensive WCM experience, with a minimum of a Yellow Belt
  • Proven ability to contribute meaningfully to integrated SOP processes.
  • Computer Literacy ( Advanced )
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of all safety, environmental and labour related legislation
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures
  • Experience in formulating policy and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations
  • Ability to communicate and interact at all levels of the organisation
  • Work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects
  • Exceptional professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Structured and organised approach to tasks
  • Experience in Project management


  • Develop plans to improve the business manufacturing & technical performance and ensure sustainable competitive edge.
  • Deliver production output as per sales demand/budget plan
  • Develop suitable tools to continuously monitor and improve Plant KPIs (such as Safety, OEE, schedule adherence, OTIF, Cost Control)
  • Manage WCM route map to drive the Business forward.
  • Provide strategic input to the Company Business plans
  • Formal & informal meetings with EXCO members to help craft strategic intent for South Africa and Southern Africa.
  • Give input on global strategy
  • Assist with the implementation of Company strategic decisions·     
  • Provide strong and focussed leadership ensuring appropriate manufacturing culture
  • Build, manage and develop a highly motivated and professional team who can rise to meet the demands of a fast-paced challenging business environment whilst also ensuring the site meets demanding financial, production and customer service and quality targets
  • Promote and support cross site networks to achieve consistency across all Company sites
  • Ensure that there is a clear set of action plans and objectives for each departmental manager with clear resources and budgets to achieve
  • Provide the framework for managing and controlling overhead expenses
  • Plan, control and execute CAPEX decisions, with continuous follow up
  • Oversee operations and R&D to include evaluation and improvement of operating and financial performance
  • Monitor transactions, claim liability and legal rights and obligations and ensure legal compliance
  • Maintain, develop and deliver the appropriate safety, quality and environmental improvement culture