Production Manager (Ref: MEPM)
Remuneration: Market Related

Position in the Engineering sector in Durban - Kwa- Zulu Natal
Posted On Thursday 11 July 2019
Job Description:
A leading Company based in Durban is seeking a Production Manager to join their team. The successful incumbent will be responsible to implement, and drive the operational strategy as agreed with the Operations Manager to achieve production and volume targets

Main job function

Direct and oversee the management of Production Supervisor’s activities on all shifts and ensure overall performance objectives are achieved

Enforces strict discipline necessary to ensure that daily operational activities are conducted effectively, and day-to-day problems are solved and contained by taking a strong lead during the daily planning meetings

Plans, coordinates and controls production related activities on site to meet objectives and budgets with regard to HSE, quality, service and cost

Contributes to successful product and volume reallocations

Maintains a safe, clean, and orderly work environment that makes it easier to identify system bottlenecks and constraints which is managed through a key understanding and appreciation of Lean Six Sigma operating principles aided by the implementation of a comprehensive housekeeping plan

Manage the movement and accuracy of all materials; from the receipt of raw materials to the shipping of finished products taking full ownership of stock counts, rejects, yields and losses attributed to the material handling process

Co-develops and executes plans related to improving HSE, quality, service and costs in conjunction with multidisciplinary management peers including: engineering, maintenance, technical, HSE and quality departments

Participates in the definition & execution (where relevant) of capital investments for production related activities and equipment

Works with the technical R&D team to enable new product initiatives and the optimisation of existing products to reduce wasteful operational delays

Enables and contributes to the implementation of continuous improvement activities & programs for HSE, quality, or other as may be assigned from time-to-time by senior management

Is familiar and complies with all the applicable corporate as well as site and laboratory policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct, HSE, ISO, OHS Act and regulatory standards


BSc / BTech / NDip Chemical or Industrial Engineering


Must have proven ability to lead and drive change through continuous improvement projects reinforced by a minimum of 10+ years’ work experience in a similar production managerial role

Ability to identify, scope, define and implement significant continuous improvement projects to dramatically improve the performance of a complex batching environment supported with the daily, weekly & monthly implementation of KPI metrics

Prior experience overseeing a paint, gelcoat, varnish or similar chemical processing plant will be an advantage

Prior experience of modernising an old plant to incorporate the latest automation technologies including PLC, SCADA, data analysis, report writing and digital performance dashboard implementation

Ability to manage complex interdependent batching processes with varying batch sizes (ranging from 5kg to 25,000-kg) and limited resource availability 

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 Melanie Els