Head of Manufacturing (Six Sigma / Heavy Engineering / Strategic / Continuous Improvement) – Gauteng, South Africa

Southern Africa
Posted 1 year ago

Reference No. 604 2906 MHU

Reference Number: 604 2906 MHU


Job Description:

Our client is an OEM within the mineral processing space. The HOM leads and oversees all manufacturing operations including planning, production, maintenance, quality, safety, risk. He/she assumes responsibility for the strategic and tactical implementation of the manufacturing and operations goals to meet customer expectations for product quality, cost, and on time delivery, maximizing efficiency, optimizing production levels and driving operational excellence. This role has 8 direct subordinates and reports directly into the Managing Director.



  • Assuming responsibility for establishing departmental strategies, goals and objectives, policies and practices for site manufacturing areas and ensuring alignment with business unit goals and strategies.
  • Keep abreast of manufacturing trends with reference, but not limited to, world class-leading manufacturing practises, automation, and other relevant advancements.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a manufacturing strategy to ensure long-term sustainability
  • The HOM’s performance objectives relate to safety, productivity, quality, delivery and cost through the effective management and utilization of equipment, facilities, and personnel
  • Developing and adhering to plant expenditures and budgets
  • Driving Key Performance Indicators across all areas of the Manufacturing function to ensure that all projects are delivered on cost and on time to the highest quality standards.
  • Working closely with other departments to ensure maximum efficiency of the operations process.
  • Continuously research and implement cost savings measures related to labour and processes.
  • Contribute to an organizational culture that results in the attraction and retention of top talent, fosters high employee job satisfaction and morale, and adds to the organization’s bottom line.
  • Develop appropriate policies and procedures that support the organization’s values, mission, goals, and strategic plans.
  • Provide regular updates to company leaders and other management team members
  • Ensuring Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental issues are prioritised and facilitated
  • Ensure that processes needed for the IMS are established, implemented, maintained, & audited.
  • Ensure the promotion of awareness of customer requirements throughout the organization.
  • Ensuring the ISO audits are executed, and that recertification is achieved.
  • Report to management on the performance of the IMS & any need for improvement
  • Ensure that Engineering Admin processes are developed and implemented to support all relevant down stream business processes. Key focus areas are master data and BOM design
  • Implement manufacturing operations strategy in alignment with company plan and customer needs.
  • Directs manufacturing operations business plans to include all program requirements, labour hours, cycle, and production costs.
  • Responsible for manufacturing operations, enabling managers to achieve monthly and annual targets in service, quality, cost, safety, and other key performance targets.
  • Provides guidance to the development of a manufacturing process plan, including personnel requirements, material needs, subcontract requirements, facility needs, and tooling and equipment needs.
  • Reviews production and operating reports and directs the resolution of operational, manufacturing, and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays
  • Initiate and develop innovative manufacturing processes.
  • Providing clear leadership and vision, inspiring and motivating staff to achieve excellence and mentoring them as they develop new skills.
  • Determining appropriate headcount / staffing needs.
  • Assuming responsibility for the hiring, development and performance management of managers, staff, and employees.
  • Establish strategy and best practices for staff to ensure achievement of overall business objectives. Work with the Manufacturing team to translate site strategy into specific annual performance goals and departmental objectives including KPIs, and to track them.
  • Overseeing facility maintenance and improvements and develop appropriate plans for capital expenditures related to equipment upgrades and/or replacement


Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing, business, engineering or a related field or equivalent experience. An advanced degree such as an MBA would be advantageous.
  • Ten years of experience in a manufacturing environment with some exposure to heavy engineering.
  • Five years Senior Management experience with a demonstrated ability to lead people in a manufacturing environment and driving results through others.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of continuous improvement principles and techniques.
  • Demonstrated success with maintaining high levels of safety, quality, productivity, and on-time delivery.
  • Knowledge of engineering processes.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of employment regulations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the IMS process
  • Coaching, mentoring and employee development skills
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage, negotiate and manage key stakeholders and suppliers


Benefits and Contractual information:

  • Permanent role
  • Competitive senior management package on offer


If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to mhuber@camining.com



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Mark Huber

Managing Lead – Executive Mining Recruitment

CA Mining


CA Mining will respond to short-listed candidates only. If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable positions.



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