Operations Manager

Chemical Production and Export Company


Company Background:

Our client, a subsidiary of a major international industrial group, has annual sales revenues in the region of R500 million.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Senior Management Team, the Operations Manager will manage a staff of 140 people and will be responsible for leading and managing all operational activities pertaining to the production, maintenance, process engineering and projects functions at two plants.



Key areas of activity:

  • Responsibility for R300 million operating costs per annum
  • Preparation of operations and capex budgets
  • Project delivery
  • Full accountability for Operations SHE performance and improvements
  • Develop and maintain systems that improve quality, engineering practices,
  • plant efficiencies and standards
  • Drive technical and product improvements
  • Manage, develop and train the operations team

Key Attributes Required:

  • Ideally a Chemical or Mechanical Engineering qualification. An MBA or business qualification would be advantageous
  • At least 10 years’ post-qualifying experience in a chemical or mineral processing plant, including 5 years as a Plant Manager with responsibility for production and engineering functions
  • Must have managed a staff complement of at least 70 people and an operating expenses budget in excess of R150 million per annum
  • Should ideally be experienced in managing projects
  • Able to manage technical and process engineering functions