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Maintenance Refrigeration ManagerVKB Group

Free StateSouth Africa
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job description - Maintenance Refrigeration Manager

  • To ensure all refrigeration projects, initiatives and processes are in conformance with Grain Field Chickens’ established policies and objectives. Plans and directs all aspects of the refrigeration activities within the organization including, but not limited to managing and ensuring the scheduling, installation, repair and maintenance of all refrigeration equipment and instrumentation.


Job requirements

  • Grade 12 / NQF 4 Equivalent.
  • Qualified Fitter or Millwright would be advantageous.
  • Refrigeration Diploma and Ammonia Safe Handling a must.
  • Min 5 Years Processing Plant experience on Refrigeration Management level within a Poultry Abattoir.
  • Strong knowledge of OHS Act.
  • Strong knowledge of Ammonia legislation/ MHI legislation.
  • Knowledge of General Machinery Regulations.
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word).
  • CB - Code B driver’s license and own reliable transport.
  • A willingness to work shifts/ overtime incl. on weekends where required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Management of the total spend for Refrigeration department against budget through reviewing and putting control measures in place on a daily basis.
  • Provide input to the Engineering manager to co-create and commit to an appropriate budget during the annual budgeting process.
  • Obtain quotes on daily basis and follow up on deliveries of spares for relevant department.
  • Ensure critical spares available in Engineering store.
  • Optimizing cost savings and cost control in relevant department by reducing consumption and waste on key operating cost components.
  • Work with the Engineering manager to ensure accurate reporting and draw up SOP’s and quality standards for relevant department.
  • To facilitate and coordinate the human resources function within the relevant department daily.
  • Performs work inspections and checks for completeness of tasks.
  • Optimize labour and supervision to ensure all personnel are utilized effectively and adjust needs as plant requirements change.
  • Implement ongoing shop-floor system and measurement of relevant departments against set standards.
  • Daily facility / equipment inspections and handovers between shifts in place for relevant departments.
  • Manage to achieve relevant targets at lowest possible cost while adhering to work specifications, audit requirements and product quality for relevant departments.
  • Constantly find ways to improve downtime, efficiencies, water & power usage and throughput.
  • Check that best operating practices are adhered to and that the relevant data is recorded while driving and managing targets for relevant departments.
  • Develops a daily work schedule for all activities to be performed to ensure the smooth operation of all teams, minimize downtime and overtime taking food safety imperatives into consideration.
  • Ensure machinery and equipment required for production is all in good working order and sufficient.
  • Effective financial management by monitoring controllable costs in relevant department.
  • Identifying discrepancies and contribute to cost saving strategies.
  • Monitor own department performance to ensure revenue targets are achieved.
  • Ensures the neatness / housekeeping of relevant areas of responsibility.
  • Ensures all staff follows safety rules and regulations as per GFC safety plan.
  • To liaise with internal departments on an ongoing basis to ensure quality service and products.
  • To complete all compulsory training interventions allocated by direct manager successfully.
  • To mentor all employees concerned and train them to establish and maintain standards, best practices and processes.
  • To identify and coordinate the training needs of the employees concerned on an ongoing basis.
  • Any other duties as may be required by management.

Skills Required

  • Technical-minded.
  • People Management skills.
  • Excellent planning skills.
  • Strong administration and reporting skills.
  • Must be a Team player.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Analytical thinking.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and trustworthy.
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