Plant Engineer (Ref: JRPE)
Remuneration: R 80 000- R90 000 per month

Position in the Engineering sector in Hammarsdale - Kwa- Zulu Natal
Posted On Thursday 3 November 2022
Job Description:

Main job function

Our Client is seeking a Plant Engineer to join their Chicken Processing Plant located in KZN. They are recruiting an Engineer with excellent understanding and experience in refrigeration and Mechanical and/ or Electrical Engineering. The successful incumbent will need to manage with a dedicated focus the day-to-day maintenance operation in the area of responsibility with their teams of foremen and artisans. The role will report to the Manufacturing Executive.
  • A Degree or Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
  • Excellent understanding and experience in refrigeration and electrical engineering.
  • Mechanical experience will be an advantage.
  • 5- 8 years of operations experience of which least 5 years in a supervisory category.
  • GCC factories.
  • Demonstrated leadership of engineering teams is compulsory.

Operational Engineering Management

Drive the daily / weekly maintenance planning process for the plant. Prioritizing, scheduling and allocation of tasks to different disciplines 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

Management of all planned maintenance, preventative schedules, work requests and break downs, with support from planner and Maintenance Foreman.

Ensure that all are working according to safety regulations and the enforcement of food safety requirements.

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.

Ensure that security access points to the premises and BMS system is in good working condition.

Financial Management - Manage costs to ensure lowest cost production and the optimal utilisation of assets occurs.

Manage suppliers and contracts in collaboration with the procurement team

Manage contractors in collaboration with Project Engineer on a daily basis through engineering foremen.  

A Consultant will be in touch if you are shortlisted for the position.  Please consider your application unsuccessful should you not have been contacted within 2 weeks.  We will keep your CV on our database and contact you should you match the criteria of any other vacancies.


Please contact Jenny Rathbone