Senior Process Leader – Hammarsdale

KwaZulu-Natal, Full Time Deadline: Not specified

Job Advert Summary

Rainbow Chicken is recruiting for 2 Senior Process Leaders to join the Processing plant in Hammarsdale P2. These positions will report into the Processing Manager. The purpose of these roles is to supervise the performance of a processing line in the plant including (staff, machinery and material) to achieve daily targets to required product specifications, while meeting health, safety and quality standards.

Minimum Requirements

A Diploma / Degree in Production Management / Engineering
5 years relevant operational experience preferably in a unionized food processing plant
An abattoir hygiene or meat inspection qualification would be preferable
Poultry processing experience would be advantageous
Tolerance of stress and pressure
Deadline driven and people orientated
Literacy, Numeracy and Mechanical aptitude and good technical understanding
Ability to balance plant with regards to man load versus product mix
Strong knowledge of production principles
ISO and health, safety, and environmental legislation
Have systems orientation with proven administration skills and computer literacy
Exposure to WCM principles would be advantageous.
Have a valid code B/EB (Code 08) driver’s license with access to his/her own transport.
Have good interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
Ability to work shifts, weekends, public holiday, and flexible hours of work.

Duties and Responsibilities
Production Planning:

Co-ordinate production teams to ensure delivery of the production plan.
Facilitate signing off the production plan ensuring equipment availability.
Co-ordinate operations planning process and inventory control.

Operations Management:

Contribute towards continuous improvement, innovation at process ’ procedure level to enhance effectiveness, efficiency, and performance.
Ensure Fresh Delivery On Time In Full (OTIF). Oversee the performance of equipment (OEE).
Ensure execution of mini business agenda.
Establish the most efficient use of resources ie. Cost, people, time etc for each shift and allocate work accordingly.
Report on a weekly basis on actual Processing KPI’s versus budget and address non-conformances promptly
Manage Processing yield factors, initiate plans to reduce losses.
Analyze downtime, provide valid explanations for loss of production, and put action plans in place to prevent reoccurrence.
Liaise with New Product Development, ensure appropriate staff, equipment and materials are available to run successful trials.
Guide and prepare the Processing team for customer and statutory audits.
Manage processing yield and consumption factors and initiate plans to reduce losses.

Budget Management:

Report on and manage all input costs within area of responsibility and manage any over and under spend appropriately to ensure that issues are addressed before significant financial loss occurs.
Authorize expenses within area of responsibility and within level of authority and monitor spending activity.
Innovate and implement cost containment measures.

Staff Management:

Ensure alignment of headcount plan to the production plan.
Manage and deliver on the Processing teams succession plans to enable the development of a future generation of leaders, specialists and ensure optimal turnover and retention levels.
Communicate actively and effectively resolving any potential conflicts that may arise, sharing/providing relevant information.
Assume overall responsibility for training ’ development of your team.
Conduct operational meetings and ensure that records are kept and shared amongst all parties and objectives are delivered upon.
Manage employee relations climate, ensure corrective action is taken where required in line with relevant legislation and Company policy.
Develop supportive relationships with reports and encourage a team spirit.

Safety, Health, Risk and Quality Oversight:

Input into the establishment of systems and sound practices in order to comply with best practices, legislation or other regulations / guidelines.
Ensure on-time investigations and closure of NCA’s/CARs.
Ensure on-time investigation and closure of Safety deviation.
Monitor Processing team to ensure all legislative and industry standards are achieved and prompt action is taken where required to ensure there are no areas of non-compliance
Chair and facilitate regular safety meetings with your teams and ensure action points are delivered upon.
Drive the adherence and maintenance of FSSE 22000/ ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 standards within the Total Integrated Management System throughout Processing.
Ensure documentation required for Total Integrated Management System is applied consistently throughout Processing.
Drive in-process quality control in line with supply chain and external customer requirements throughout processing plant.
Ensure environmentally sustainable practices are implemented and adhered to and that resource usage is managed effectively, (e.g. conservation of water, electricity, and coal).