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Engineering and Maintenance Manager – FMCG – Johannesburg

March 31, 2021
Connect Recruit
March 31, 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Summary: We are actively seeking the services of an experienced Engineering and Maintenance Manager.

Job Description


Reporting to the COO – The Engineering and Maintenance Manager manages and organizes resources to safely install, maintain and repair equipment and systems within the manufacturing facilities from a strategic point of view in line with the company''s overall objectives. With a strong foundation in the principles of WCM, RCM and TPM, the Manager translates organizational requirements into strategic plans for the department and facilitates cross-functional collaboration and continuous improvement. The individual optimizes systems and services, develops asset care plans and manages risk. Apart from ensuring that the team meets key objectives, the Manager also controls the budget for expenses and projects. The position entails ensuring optimal performance of physical assets throughout their life cycles, ensuring effective teamwork across all disciplines, managing operations from an engineering perspective, maintaining safety outputs within a strict legislative and highly regulated environment; and ensuring and maintaining competency of sub-ordinates who are engaged and committed. The Engineering and Maintenance Manager is a role model in operational excellence, and an affable, influential and inspiring leader, who communicates well. The individual has an analytical mind and thinks strategically to resolve problems through effective decisions in complex situations.


The successful incumbent will lead a multidisciplinary team to achieve business objectives for Safety, Productivity, Quality, Costs, Human resource capability development and Asset Care.




  1. Lead and deliver improvements in factory Safety, Health, Environmental and Risk.
  2. Lead a multidisciplinary team to achieve business objectives.
  3. Develop an effective, capable and high performing operational organization.
  4. Lead, drive and promote a culture of High performance and Continuous Improvement in all aspects of the business.
  5. Determine and implement best practices, including optimization programs to minimize operating cost and improving overall equipment availability.
  6. Forecast and plan for ongoing operational needs, including technology, facilities, equipment and manpower.
  7. Ensure compliance with all legislative, environmental requirements and permits.


The position is part of the Senior Management Team and as such, collaboration with the operations, sales and marketing, planning, finance and support functions forms a vital part of the role.


To be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Lead and inspire a multidisciplinary team to meet the business objectives.
  • Drive cultural shift from reactive to proactive management behaviors.
  • Develop and Set-in place sustainable business processes and controls to manage reliability and maintenance.
  • Drive value improvement and Asset Care programs within the Factory.
  • Innovate to overcome challenges, and
  • Make sound financial and commercial decisions at a Business level.

We are specifically looking for a person with great people leadership skills as well as exceptional technical skills. The incumbent will have demonstrated the ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment, work collaboratively to address challenges, and have a positive influence on site culture.


  1. A tertiary qualification in Electrical Engineering augmented by a tertiary qualification in management and/or business administration.
  2. A Government Certificate of Competency (GCC – Factories) with experience as an appointed GMR2.
  3. A minimum of 10years'' experience at a senior management level, preferably in a Pulp and Paper manufacturing environment or equivalent.
  4. Proven leadership track record with a strong ability to think and plan strategically.
  5. Excellent interpersonal, motivational and team building skills.
  6. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities with the flexibility to effectively respond to continually changing internal and external business conditions.
  7. Well-developed verbal, written and oral presentation communication skills upwards and downwards.
  8. Strong ability to think logically, rationally and laterally.
  9. Strong financial aptitude.
  10. Proven change management track record.
  11. Proven track record of managing large projects and contractors (feasibility studies, tender process, benchmarking cost control, execution and contractor management)
  12. KPI driven (OEE, Availability, MTBF, MTTR, Safety and Cost)
  13. Progress and reliability focused with a strong foundation in WCM, RCM and TPM principles.
  14. Strategically geared towards Maintenance/Replacement Strategies (Predictive and Preventative), Technological Development, Continuous Improvement, Shut-Down Maintenance, Breakdown maintenance, Facilities maintenance, Vehicle maintenance, Workshops, and Condition monitoring.
  15. Experienced with interdisciplinary functions: Mechanical, Electrical, Control & Instrumentation, Civil, Design & Draughting, Chemical, Production and Process.
  16. Experienced in Industrial Relations and labor practices.

Please email for all enquiries.

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